Swedegas has performed the first renewable gas bunkering at its new facility at the Port of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Bunkering was conducted on a Terntank-operated liquefied gas-powered vessel.

The Swedegas facility performs the bunkering of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and liquefied biogas (LBG), supporting the transition of the shipping sector into a greener industry.

It enables tankers to bunker from a fixed pipeline when they load and discharge at a reduced turnaround time.

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Swedegas CEO Johan Zettergren said: “Being able to offer this unique opportunity represents a major breakthrough, not only in facilitating the transition to LNG but also in gradually increasing the proportion of renewable gas.”

LNG is currently considered to be the cleanest marine fuel available due to its low emissions and is expected to help the shipping industry to continue with the transition process without using traditional oil fuel.

Terntank Ship Management CEO Tryggve Möller said: “LNG is the first step. The ambition to increase the volume of biogas has taken a new turn as this technology and related infrastructure work equally well for both gases.”

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“The ambition to increase the volume of biogas has taken a new turn as this technology and related infrastructure work equally well for both gases.”

Norwegian company Barents NaturGass supplied the LNG and LBG that was bunkered at the Swedegas facility.

FordonsGas produced the LBG at its facility in Lidköping, Gothenburg.

The Gothenburg Port Authority started an environmental discount on the port charge in 2015 to increase the number of calls by LNG-powered vessels.

Port of Gothenburg Business Area Energy vice-president Jill Söderwall said: “The discount has been a strong contributing factor behind many companies switching to LNG.

“In our endeavour to sustain this trend, we decided to extend the discount period by a further two years to 2020.”

In 2015, the Gothenburg Port Authority started a discount on the port charge to increase the number of calls by LNG-powered vessels.