Friday, September 25, 2020
Home Oil & Gas LNG continues to develop both as fuel and off-grid energy solution

LNG continues to develop both as fuel and off-grid energy solution

Infrastructures for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) are continuing to develop strongly throughout Europe whether as fuel in maritime and heavy road transport or as an off-grid energy solution.

In this regard, Brussels-based association Gas Infrastructure Europe published a Small scale LNG map that provides the LNG industry and interested parties with an updated overview of the available, planned and announced small scale LNG infrastructure and services in Europe.

“In order to support its development, GIE continuously provides up-to-date information on the state and use of Europe’s LNG infrastructure,” said Arno Büx, President of Gas LNG Europe. “With the publication of the 2020 GIE small scale LNG map, GIE confirms its commitment to providing information, expertise and transparency tools to the European institutions, the regulatory bodies, the market and any other stakeholders. The rapid growth of small scale LNG illustrates its potential to pave the way to a greener energy future.”

For road transport, the existing trend has been confirmed: there are now about 280 LNG fuelling stations in operation, while the milestone of the 200th station was reached just one year ago.

On the other hand, for ships bunkering, the progress is even more striking. There are now none vessels dedicated to LNG bunkering, with five more expected to be delivered by the end of 2020, while three years ago there were only two.

Also, supplying industrial sites not connected to the gas grid is another expanding major usage of small scale LNG.

All these usages are benefitting from the development of versatile small scale infrastructure. They expand the geographic availability of small scale LNG onshore, on inland waterways or at sea. Furthermore, an additional step allowing the energy transition has been taken: liquid biomethane production plants are developing in several European countries.

As noted by GIE, LNG has great potential for replacing heavy fuel oil and diesel in freight transport and shipping, as well as in supply to industrial sites and communities not connected to a pipeline network. This is thanks to the LNG superior environmental performance. Indeed, LNG has a much smaller carbon footprint and switching to LNG brings an immediate benefit on air quality and therefore health. Moreover, all LNG infrastructures are “carbon neutral ready”: they can immediately manage, without any limitation, liquid biomethane (which is already happening) or synthetic methane (which includes green hydrogen), or can adapt to other carbon-neutral molecules.

Most Popular

PGNiG Upstream Norway acquires two new fields in the North Sea

PGNiG Upstream Norway signed an agreement with Norske Shell to acquire interests in Kvitebjørn and Valemon, two producing fields in the North Sea. The gas produced will be sent to Poland after the Baltic Pipe link is launched.

Antje Kanngiesser appointed new CEO of the Alpiq Group

Antje Kanngiesser has been appointed as the new CEO of the Alpiq Group, the leading Swiss electricity producer.

Taking account of social and environmental impacts ahead of the World Tourism Day

Tourism has been among the hardest hit of all sectors by the COVID-19. On this World Tourism Day, the pandemic represents an opportunity to rethink the future of the tourism sector, including how it contributes to the sustainable development goals.

Regulatory challenges ahead of the hydrogen vision

Despite the tremendous interest in hydrogen technology, the development of the European hydrogen market still has to overcome many regulatory and legislative challenges.