Gate terminal has announced the ceremonial start of construction activities for the new LNG break bulk infrastructure in Rotterdam.
The Port of Rotterdam has started excavating a new harbour basin next to the Gate terminal. The new facility is expected to boost the use of LNG as a transportation fuel in the Netherlands and Northwest Europe.
Gate terminal will hold a ground breaking event on 31 March. Dick Meurs, Managing Director, Gate terminal, said: “Gasunie, Vopak and Gate have jointly developed an innovative LNG break bulk concept upgrading the LNG hub capabilities of Gate terminal and enabling our customers to supply LNG as cleaner fuel for transport, shipping and industrial applications.”
Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority, added: “We are striving to make logistics more sustainable and promote the transition from fuel oil to LNG as fuel for shipping. Furthermore, we want to strengthen our position as the most important European LNG hub.”
The Port of Rotterdam Authority will build a new harbour basin and quay wall by the end of 2015. Gate will construct the LNG installations, including berthing and loading facilities dedicated to bunkerships and smaller tankers, enabling LNG bunker operations in the port of Rotterdam and further distribution of LNG in Northwest Europe. The new facilities are based on a multi-user service model, open to all interested parties, and will have a maximum capacity of 280 berthing slots per year. The finalisation of the construction, commissioning and first loading operations are planned towards the end of the first half of 2016.
The Port of Rotterdam Authority has already introduced new regulations that allow LNG bunkering for inland barges and ship-to-ship bunkering of seagoing vessels.
As the launching customer, Shell has committed to buy capacity from Gate terminal, which has enabled this investment in the terminal expansion. Shell has recently ordered a specialised LNG bunker vessel, to supply LNG-fuelled vessels in Northwest Europe. The new vessel will be based at the port of Rotterdam and will load from the new LNG break bulk infrastructure.
Dick Benschop, President Director of Shell Netherlands, said: “The new infrastructure will enable us to further improve our service to customers […] We expect LNG will form a bigger part of the transport fuel mix in the future.”
Edited from press release by Callum O'Reilly
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