Dutch State Secretary of Infrastructure and the Environment, Wilma Mansveld, has signed an LNG Safety Deal with several parties from the corporate sector and knowledge institutes, which are united in the National LNG Platform.
The LNG Safety Deal expresses their shared commitment to leveraging the National LNG Safety Programme to promote safe use and transport of LNG in the Netherlands.
The ‘Rhine and Wadden Green Deal’, signed in 2012, marked the start of the use of LNG in the Dutch transport sector, both in shipping and road transport.
One condition that must be met for the large-scale use of LNG by inland navigation vessels and lorries is that it must be done in a safe manner. Therefore, the National LNG Safety Programme aims to build up the knowledge necessary to develop appropriate legislation. This may concern, for instance, the granting of licences for the use and storage of LNG by filling and bunkering stations.
State Secretary Mansveld feels that safe use and storage of LNG is important, but at the same time, she feels that the conditions imposed on the transport sector should not be unduly onerous.
The Netherlands is leading the way when it comes to the use of LNG as a transport fuel. For this reason, it is important to build up knowledge and develop regulations in close collaboration with companies, public authorities, knowledge institutes, as well as the fire brigade.
In 2013, Mrs Mansveld notified the House of Representatives of her decision to include Safety Deals as part of the Sustainable Safety Programme. The LNG Safety Deal is one of the first examples.
The National LNG Safety Programme is funded by the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment (€350 000), the Ministry of Economic Affairs (€350 000), the Ministry of Security and Justice (€90 000) and the corporate sector (€350 000).
Adapted from press release by Callum O'Reilly
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