Swedegas, FordonsGas bring liquefied biogas bunkering to Gothenburg

Sweden’s Swedegas and FordonsGas have penned a new agreement to make bunkering available for liquefied biogas (LBG) at the port of Gothenburg.

FordonsGas, part of the Air Liquide Group, is the only producer of LBG in Sweden. Under the agreement with Swedegas it will supply LBG to a dedicated bunkering facility for liquefied gas at Gothenburg port, owned and operated by Swedegas.

From the outset, both LNG and LBG could be bunkered.

LNG is currently the cleanest marine fuel available for shipping. With renewable LBG, climate benefits will increase even more with the addition of net-zero carbon emissions.

The LBG is produced in Sweden itself at Air Liquide’s facility at 130 km from Gothenburg.

“We are pleased that we can present Swedish shipping with the opportunity to not only make the transition to liquefied natural gas, but also to gradually increase the proportion of renewable gas. Every step towards more sustainable transport is vitally important,” said Johan Zettergren, Swedegas chief executive.

“Emissions from shipping have an impact on the marine and air environment, both out at sea and in port, and in particular the work environment on board the vessels. With LNG as a fuel, emissions can be cut significantly compared with the most common marine fuels currently in use. And with LBG there is the added benefit of net-zero carbon emissions,” he added.

The facility at port of Gothenburg offers access to all suppliers looking to provide the shipping sector with the opportunity to bunker liquefied gas.

Emil Glimåker, director Nordic Countries, Air Liquide Advanced Business & Technology, said: “Making LBG available to shipping is a natural development for us, and through the agreement with Swedegas we have made a firm, long term commitment.”

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Posted 04 June 2019

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