The Danish Port of Frederikshavn has announced that the Nordic Maritime Hub project has officially commenced. The project was awarded TEN-T funding from the EU’s Connecting Europe Facility in June 2015, and is being collaborated on by Port of Frederikshavn, Kosan Crisplant and Stena Line.
As part of the project, Kosan Crisplant will be responsible for establishing an LNG bunkering facility at the port. The Commercial Director of Kosan Crisplant, Bo Larsen, said: “At Kosan Crisplant we see this project as the door to a big potential market for LNG in the Baltic Sea area. The bunkering facility is therefore also just the first step in our broader vision, in that we already have signed an agreement with another project consortium to establish a production facility for LNG and LBG (liquefied biogas) in Frederikshavn. Nordic Maritime Hub is thus essential for the development of the market for alternative fuels, not just in Denmark, but in the entire Baltic Sea area.”
Mikkel Seedorff Sørensen, the Managing Director of Port of Frederikshavn, said: “The Nordic Maritime Hub consortium is incredibly proud of the recognition our project has achieved through the allocation of EU co-financing. It clearly shows how our thoughts about the development of the port and the facilities we wish to provide our customers with are the right ones. We therefore hope to be able to use this recognition and the momentum we have now created to further accelerate the development in Frederikshavn.”
The project will also serve as an initial step towards strengthening the maritime corridor between Frederikshavn and Gothenburg, Sweden. In 2015, Port of Frederikshavn, Port of Gothenburg and Stena Line entered a strategic partnership, aiming to develop and cooperate on future infrastructure investments on both sides of the Kattegat.
Magnus Hallberg, Route Director, Stena Line, said: “Nordic Maritime Hub is to Stena Line an important building stone with regards to the future development of the maritime cooperation across the Kattegat. We are therefore very happy to be a part of this project consortium and we see much business potential as a consequence of this first step that we are taking today.”
Edited from press release by David Rowlands
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