HM Government of Gibraltar has issued a statement reiterating that its current LNG plans are designed to supply the North Mole power station only.
While the government confirmed that it separately wishes to explore the possibility of LNG bunkering in the future, it said that the small capacity of the tanks would not be sufficient to sustain a bunkering industry and is not intended to do so.
The statement continued: “Any move to LNG bunkering by Shell or any other operator would require […] a full and quite separate assessment of any potential project from both a ‘HAZID’ (hazard identification) and an environmental impact point of view, with full public consultation and discussion with stakeholders, including environmental groups, before any such project would be allowed to proceed.”
The Minister for Energy, the Hon. John Cortes, added: “Our interest in LNG bunkering is nothing new and has been publicly discussed on a number of occasions, including during Parliamentary discussions […] A move to LNG bunkering would bring huge environmental benefits by drastically reducing the threat of oil pollution and the damage that causes. I would of course ensure that it absolutely did not happen without all the full and thorough assessments necessary and in a way that was completely safe. However, it is quite some way away and not part of the power station project. The power station project will bring its own benefits to Gibraltar, most particularly to the residents of the Waterport area who will benefit hugely from the closure of the noisy and polluting Waterport diesel power station.”
Edited from press release by Callum O'Reilly
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