DNV GL advises EU on LNG uptake

13 Jul 2016

DNV GL has released a report for the EU providing recommendations on how to address the wider adoption of LNG as a marine fuel.

By November 2016 all member states have to submit national policy frameworks for the implementation of the EU alternative fuels directive.

Martin Layfield, global segment leader of the Gas Value Chain, DNV GL – Oil and Gas, said: “DNV GL’s assessment of the existing rules, standards and guidelines shows that from a legal point of view, there are no remaining major showstoppers for the use of LNG as fuel - both for seagoing vessels and inland waterway vessels – nor for the deployment of LNG bunker facilities.”

Two key barriers to take-up of LNG as ship fuel are said to be the gaps in the legislative or regulatory framework, and the lack of harmonised standards.

DNV GL has undertaken an analysis and evaluation identifying the remaining gaps for completing an EU-wide framework for marine LNG distribution, bunkering and use. 

The report builds on a study commissioned by EMSA2 and provides an overview of currently applicable standards, rules and regulations governing the maritime LNG supply chain, and identifies gaps in the current regulatory framework to make LNG bunkering and LNG fuelled vessels feasible in the EU.

“The next three decades will see substantial increase in energy demand. At the same time, a big part of the world expects the energy to be greener, more reliable and more affordable. This is what we refer to as the energy ‘trilemma’,” said Liv Hovem, regional manager, Continental Europe, North and East Africa for DNV GL – Oil and Gas.

“Natural gas has a key role to play in the future energy mix and Europe will continue to be a significant import hub for LNG.”

She concluded: “We are well placed to support member states as well as port authorities and the wider industry with guidance on adopting the guidance into their own legislation, in much the same way as we are doing with the industry on the EU Offshore Directive.”

The full report can be found on the European Commission's website.

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