At present, truck-to-ship bunkering is already possible at the port of Antwerp. However, the port hopes to further enhance the availability of LNG by setting up a permanent LNG filling station by the beginning of 2019.
Truck-to-ship bunkering at the port of Antwerp has been possible since 2012, however, the process involves LNG being collected by truck at the LNG import terminal in Zeebrugge and brought to the quayside in Antwerp to be filled into the barge.
A permanent facility will ensure that LNG is continuously available in the port of Antwerp. Contrary to its original plan of constructing such a facility itself, which would then be operated by an independent company, the port is seeking to build and subsequently operate an LNG bunkering and filling facility on quay 528 itself.
After extensive screening of possible locations within the port area and considering factors such as safety, waterfront access and road access, quay 528, with an area of approximately 7304 m², has been chosen for this LNG site. Based upon a basic design for a facility with storage capacity of 450 m³, a safety study has shown that up to 45 000 m³ of LNG could be bunkered annually at a filling rate of 100 m³/hr.
Edited from press release by Callum O'Reilly
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