Maritime transport is moving forward a greater concern for the environment. Consequently, the authorities in different parts of the world have established navigation areas where there are stringent caps limits to gas emissions into the atmosphere (Emission Control Areas or ECAs.). Compliance with these new requirements means cleaner fuels and experts unanimously agree that clean navigation will rely on liquefied natural gas. LNG means a 100% reduction in sulphur oxides and particles emissions, 90% reduction of nitrogen oxides and 20% reduction of carbon dioxide. Furthermore, the foreseeable evolution of prices makes LNG the most competitive option.
It is in this context that in 2013 the project “LNG Hub on the north western of the Iberian Peninsula” emerged under the auspices of the Xunta de Galicia (Autonomous Government of Galicia), the University of Santiago de Compostela, the Port Authority of Ferrol-San Cibrao, Navantia and Reganosa. It is supported and financed by the European Commission within the framework of the TEN-T programme.
The overall goal is the analysis of demand and the design of facilities, infrastructures and procedures that ensure LNG availability through the establishment of a distribution centre in the area. This provides leverage for growth in the community of Galicia and makes the port of Ferrol into a benchmark in the supply of LNG. This project has led to a further, wider project that seeks to generate value in such sectors as the fishing industry, the shipping and the logistic industry, as well as to place Galicia at the forefront of the transformation of the fleet while ensuring its environmental sustainability and competitiveness.
After signing a collaboration agreement with the Xunta de Galicia, in 2015 we have designed a supply vessel with a capacity of 8,000 m3. It will be a key element in the supply chain required to supply vessels with LNG.
We have signed a collaboration agreement with Ferrol Container Terminal and Gas Natural to analyse in detail the specific needs that will be generated by container traffic.
Every infrastructure defined as necessary in the first study, whose conceptual design phase is now completed, has been included in the Ten Year Network Development Plan 2015.
More information about LNG Hub on web.