Shell-Gasnor Is to Supply Fuel for Electric Power Generation Fuel
Making for ‘Efficiencies and Economies’ for Marine LNG Bunkering
As Separate LNG Bunker Market Development Agreement Is Signed
Shell and the Gibraltar Port Authority are stepping up their ongoing work toward the advent of liquefied natural gas as a marine fuel at the Mediterranean-Atlantic crossroads harbor. updated August 29
Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar and Shell have signed an agreement for Shell’s Gasnor unit to supply LNG for power generation at a new plant under construction by Gibelec, the Gibraltar Electricity Authority.
“There is also potential for LNG bunkering operations in the future, following the appropriate environmental assessments and safeguards,” states a joint release.
‘A Key Hub in Shell’s LNG Network’
The Port followed up the Gibelec announcement with word of a further bunker market development agreement with Shell, calling the pact “a significant milestone on the road to delivering LNG as a bunker fuel to ships at anchor in Gibraltar.”
The agreement “reinforces our aspiration to remain the Mediterranean’s premier bunker port and center of maritime excellence, and is indicative of the strong partnership between the port and Shell as they seek to develop Gibraltar as a key hub in Shell’s LNG network,” Port CEO Commodore Bob Sanguinetti (HHP Insight, January 29) said in a release.
The agreement with Gasnor “offers us the option to make LNG bunkering available,” says Netherlands-based Lauran Wetemans, general manager for Shell downstream. “Having this facility in Gibraltar gives us efficiencies and economies to make LNG available via bunker barge.”
“By making LNG available, you create flow,” he told HHPi.
‘A Location that Is Ideally Suited’
“Gibraltar is a location that is ideally suited for LMG bunkering activity,” Wetemans adds. “It has now become a real option for us.”
The Shell GM notes that the emergence of Gibraltar as an LNG bunkering port complements the bunkering activity already underway at such European and Scandinavian ports as Rotterdam, Zeebruge, and Gothenburg.
Anthony Veder Baselined
LNG is to be brought to Gibraltar via small LNG carrier. Shell anticipates shipments via Anthony Veder’s Coral Methane.
The agreement with Gasnor for Gibelec includes “construction of a small regasification unit that will receive, store and re-gasify the LNG arriving by ship for use in Gibraltar’s adjacent gas-fired power plant, which is already under construction,” states the joint announcement by Shell and the Government of Gibraltar.
New LNG Carrier Berth
The facility is to have The LNG will be stored in five double wall stainless steel LNG tanks with capacity for 1,000 cubic meters of LNG each (an approximate total of 1.3 million gallons).
“The unit will also include a berth for a small LNG carrier that will supply the LNG at night, minimizing disruption to the neighboring port, airport and housing estates,” the Port says.
Stein Petter Eriksen is marine LNG business development manager at Gasnor.Contact information is only available to premium subscribers. Click here to purchase a premium subscription.
Source: Government of Gibraltar and Shell with HHP Insight follow-up