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Port of Dunkirk: LNG supply winners announced

LNG Industry,

The Port of Dunkirk has announced the winners of a call for expressions of interest for the supply of LNG.

Bunkering operations

In April 2014, following the implementation of the EU directive for a reduction in sulfur emissions from ships, and with the imminent opening of an LNG terminal, the Port of Dunkirk issues a call for expressions of interest (CEI) for the establishment of a marine bunkering and onshore supply chain of small scale LNG.

This CEI served initially to identify the operators interested in this activity, and the selected candidates were then asked to structure and submit a project file in September 2014.

Dunkerque LNG/Air Liquide/Exmar

The tenders were analysed to identify the most attractive proposal. The proposal submitted by the Dunkerque LNG - Air Liquide - Exmar Marine NV consortium was selected as the winner.

The successful bidders will conduct an in-depth study of the project in order to define the best conditions for its execution. At present, the project is expected to be implemented in a number of phases, beginning with the construction of an LNG-filling station for tank trucks, followed by the construction of an LNG bunkering ship and the necessary adaptation of the present wharf to allow its berthing.

Subsequent phases?

Finally, depending on the trends of the market, a subsequent phase could see the building of a new dedicated pier for LNG bunkering.

An agreement is currently being drawn up between the Port of Dunkirk and the consortium. An application for co-funding, notably under the European Union's TEN-E proposals scheme, is also being prepared.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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