The LNG facility is set to be commissioned in the first quarter of this year, allowing Fluxys, G&V, Titan LNG and Rolande to widen the LNG fuelling options at quay 526/528 in the port of Antwerp where currently truck-to-ship bunkering is offered.
LNG-powered inland waterway ships will be able to dock at quay 526/528 for bunkering from a fixed storage unit while LNG-powered trucks will be able to refuel at the facility as well.
“We think that this project is yet another testament to the rapid development of the LNG market. Easily accessible and affordable LNG is in high demand, and we want to be at the forefront with more solutions that accommodate this demand,” said Frej Olsen, head of group at Denmark’s LNG Makeen Energy, of which KC LNG is the LNG division.
Looking ahead to mid-2020, the FlexFueler002 LNG bunkering barge will become operational in the greater Antwerp port area enabling ship-to-ship LNG bunkering on a larger scale.
The 1,480-cu m FlexFueler002 is Titan LNG’s second bunker pontoon following the deployment of an identical FlexFueler001 in June last year in Amsterdam.
With increasing focus on sustainability and green solutions, the reduction of harmful emissions offered by LNG is an attractive feature for more and more companies, according to KC LNG. The company believes that this new project in Antwerp is “only a sign of more things to come.”