Swedegas eyes LNGBV option for Gothenburg

Incoming LNG importer Swedegas is considering adding the option of an LNG bunker vessel (LNGBV) to its plans to supply bunkers in the Swedish port of Gothenburg and to the wider region.

Swedegas business development manager Antonio Illescas told TradeWinds the company is looking at including a bunker vessel in the configuration of its Gothenburg terminal.

He said Swedegas has done an internal assessment to see if it needs a port-based or seagoing vessel. The company also looked at the optimal size of ship and whether it would be owned or time-chartered.

Illescas explained that a seagoing vessel would serve larger ships in waters between Gothenburg and Denmark that would not come into the port, adding that all options remain open at present.

“We need the collaboration of the customer,” he added.

Swedegas, which is co-owned by Spain’s Enagas and Fluxys of Belgium, plans to supply LNG by truck to Gothenburg in its first phase. But since the trucks cannot access the jetty where LNG-fuelled vessels call, the company is opting to build a 450-metre-long cryogenic pipe that will carry the product to the vessels.

A final investment decision on the project, which was co-financed by the European Union, was taken in June 2017 and it is expected to be operational by October.

Speaking at the LNG Bunkering Summit in Amsterdam, Illescas said one of the drivers was requests from some shipowners and buyers who are loading oil products at the port but want to bunker LNG.

The company calculates that five existing tankers plus a further 10 newbuildings delivering before 2019 could be potential customers.

In a second phase, the pipeline would be connected to the Go4LNG terminal, which is being constructed close by the jetty and is due to be sanctioned at the end of this year and come onstream in 2020 to 2021.

Swedegas is trying to mirror Sweden’s policy of having net zero carbon emissions by 2045. The company plans to look at liquefied biogas, which can be shipped and used like LNG and has stated aims that by 2030 some 30% of energy in its system will be from renewables, rising to 100% by 2050.