Spanish Port Considers LNG Bunkering Infrastructure

Friday February 27, 2015

Spain's Port of Huelva this week announced it is considering the development of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) bunkering facilities, as well as other infrastructure improvements at the Port.

The LNG bunkering facilities would be part of a proposed gas export terminal.

The Port said it planned to carry out the project in conjunction with other ports as well as Spanish company Enagas.

The port hopes to receive some of the project finance from €50 billion (€55.9 billion) Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) set up by the European Commission to foster investment in transport, energy and digital projects within the European Union.

The Port also announced a larger set of infrastructure proposals, labelled the "Intermodal Platform," totalling investments of around €22 million ($24.6).

The Intermodal Platform will include improvements to the rail network at the Port, completion of a container terminal and passenger terminal, and a restructuring of the Port's south pier.

The package of infrastructure investments "aims to eliminate bottlenecks in the Canary Islands and the Strait of Gibraltar," said the Port of Huelva, which may also bring increased demand for bunkering services at the port.

Last week, The Gibraltar Government said LNG bunkering is "not only safer than the bunkering of diesel, but is also cleaner" as the territory considers plans to offer LNG bunkering facilities at its port.