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Skangass wins LNG as fuel supply contract

LNG Industry,

Skangass has won a contract to deliver liquefied natural gas (LNG) as fuel to two new Norwegian ferries. The two ferries, which are owned by Norled, are among the world’s first ferries utilising only LNG as fuel. LNG is used both for the machinery and supporting functions, for electricity and heating on board the ferries.

The two LNG ferries will be launched in January 2014 and will run between Stavanger and Tau in Norway. The new ferries are 124 m long and can carry up to 160 cars and will carry both cars and passengers more effectively than the current option of marine gas oil. In addition, the ferries will contribute to a large reduction in the emissions of CO2, Nox and sulfur.

The ferries themselves have 4 gas engines and a gas electrical system. For daily sailing the ferries will be using 2 - 3 engines. They will have a weekly consumption rate of about 65 t of LNG. Bunkering will, in general, take place 2 - 3 times a week.

Tor Morten Osmundsen, Managing Director of Skangass, said: “We are happy to discover more interest in using LNG as fuel for ships. The onshore industry has been a considerable customer up to now, but currently we are experiencing increased demand for LNG within shipping.”


Adapted from press release by Ted Monroe

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