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New LNG terminal provides cleaner energy for Gibraltar

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The Government of Gibraltar has announced that a new LNG regasification terminal recently completed by Shell and Gasnor (a 100% owned Shell subsidiary) has officially opened.

As a result, Gibraltar is switching from diesel-fuelled power generation to cleaner-burning natural gas, using a newly commissioned 80 MW gas-fired power plant.

Fabian Picardo, Gibraltar’s Chief Minister, said: “I am immensely proud that, under this government, we have made the crucial switch to cleaner power generation. Instead of using old technology up on the skyline of the Rock, we can now look forward to at least 20 years of clean, safe, gas-fired power generation from the port. This is a wonderful step-change in technology.”

According to the statement, construction of the facility followed an LNG supply agreement that was signed in 2016 between Shell and the Government of Gibraltar. Gasnor, which has over 15 years of operational experience in small scale LNG in northwest Europe, operates the regasification terminal.

Maarten Wetselaar, Integrated Gas & New Energies Director for Shell, said: “I would like to congratulate Gibraltar on bringing its vision of a cleaner energy system to reality.

“Delivering this project is a tangible example of Shell’s strategy to provide more and cleaner energy. We believe that projects like this can offer real benefits elsewhere in the world.”

LNG will reportedly be delivered to terminal by ship twice a month and at night, minimising the disruption to the neighbouring port and airport. It will be stored in five double-walled stainless steel tanks, each capable of holding 1000 m3 of LNG. The first cargo arrived in January to support testing and commissioning of the power plant.

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