Port of Gothenburg in Sweden has started the construction of a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility to serve LNG-fuelled ships visiting the Gothenburg Energy Port.

The land-based site is scheduled to become operational within this year and will offer various options to purchasers to enable them to choose their LNG supplier.

LNG will be received by the facility either in trailer or containers.

Following arrival, the gas will be distributed via a 450m vacuum-insulated cryogenic pipeline to the quayside.

“Customers with access to the transmission network can already choose biogas, and this is something we are looking to extend to the shipping sector.”

Swedish gas transmission network owner and operator Swedegas will be responsible for building the LNG facility, which is anticipated to ensure safe, rapid and effective landside LNG bunkering for vessels calling at the Energy Port.

In addition, the European Union (EU) has granted the development Project of Common Interest (PCI) status, which recognises the facility as among the most prioritised infrastructure projects in Europe.

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The EU has also provided support for the project through the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA).

The planned facility could also be used to address the needs of land transport operations and the broader Swedish industry in future.

Swedegas chief executive Johan Zettergren said: “As is the case with the gas transmission network, in which both natural gas and biogas can be transported, the new facility will be flexible and can also be used for the storage and transport of renewable gas.

“Customers with access to the transmission network can already choose biogas, and this is something we are looking to extend to the shipping sector as the next step in their transition to environmentally correct alternatives.”

Skangas currently employs a ship-to-ship bunkering system to supply LNG to ships visiting the Port of Gothenburg.