A memorandum of understanding was signed between Greek Gas Corporation DEPA, the Hellenic Gas Transmission System Operator DESFA and the Port Authority of Patras (PPA), aiming to the promotion of the use of liquified natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel.
The signing of the MoU is the first step towards the implementation of LNG bunkering at the Port of Patras, expecting to add value to the Port, as it will enhance its competitiveness in the wider Adriatic and Ionian region. At the same time, it will have a positive impact on the environment through the use of LNG as a marine fuel.
“Infrastructure is a key condition for the development of the regional and national economy,” said the CEO of DESFA, Nicola Battilana. “[…] This MoU paves the way for examining the feasibility and the conditions for the construction of small-scale LNG facilities in one of the country’s main ports, while bringing Greece one step closer to developing a core LNG refuelling network in maritime and inland ports by the end of 2025 and 2030, respectively […].”
In particular, the parties agreed to promptly establish a joint task force for the implementation of the MoU and the completion of the required studies, including exploring the feasibility and the conditions for the construction of small-scale LNG facilities.
For its part, PPA will train the Port’s personnel that will support LNG supply procedures and will adapt the Port Regulation so as to include the supply of ships with LNG.
The use of LNG as a marine fuel has multiple social, economic and environmental benefits, such as the creation of new employment opportunities, reduced public health damage – caused by ship emissions in urban centres near ports and coastal areas – the upgrade of the natural environment by reducing emissions and noise pollution, as well as further development of local economies through the dynamics resulting from using LNG.
Compared to conventional marine fuels, LNG contributes to the reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, sulfur oxide (SOx) emissions, nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions and suspended particulate matter (PM).