Shell supports LNG bunkering in Rotterdam
Han Fennema, CEO of Gasunie; Maarten Wetselaar, Shell’s EVP Integrated Gas; Eelco Hoekstra, CEO of Vopak; Allard Castelein, CEO of the port of Rotterdam; in front of the ‘Green Rhine’ LNG-powered tank barge
Shell has announced that it is behind expansion plans for Rotterdam’s LNG terminal which will enable it to supply LNG in smaller quantities as transport fuel, including gas-fuelled ship bunkering.
The Gate (Gas Access To Europe) terminal in Rotterdam was set up by Gasunie, Vopak and OMV. Shell has now committed to buy capacity, which has enabled investment in expansion, providing a new break-bulk terminal and jetty able to supply LNG to shipping. The new, dedicated break bulk terminal is expected to be operational by the end of 2016. It will be positioned alongside the central Gate terminal, where LNG currently arrives via large carriers.
The new terminal will receive gas in its liquid form from the central terminal by pipeline, and break it down into smaller quantities for distribution. To serve marine customers in the port of Rotterdam, Shell intends to charter a specialised LNG bunker vessel, and to deliver LNG to secondary distribution terminals outside the main port area.
Maarten Wetselaar, Shell’s executive vice president, integrated gas, said: “We are pleased to have reached this agreement. The collaboration between Gasunie, Vopak, the port of Rotterdam, and Shell will provide security of supply of LNG for marine and road transport customers in northwest Europe, through dedicated and scalable infrastructure. LNG is a viable option for fuelling cleaner and more sustainable transport. We believe LNG will form a bigger part of the transport fuel mix in the future, and this project demonstrates our confidence in LNG as a fuel option.”
According to Shell, its involvement in the project builds on its acquisition of Gasnor, the Norwegian company which provides LNG fuel for ships and industrial customers in Norway and in Benelux.
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