2013 - Authorization for LNG fuelling stations for shipping, Delfzijl


Thursday March 28, Energy Delta Institute (EDI) and Energy Valley (EV) organized their second cooperative session on small-scale LNG in transport. Topic of the day was the authorization process for LNG bunkering stations for ships running on LNG. The topic was chosen based on the outcome of the first EDI/EV cooperative session on November 1. There it was mentioned that the authorization process for filling stations was often not running smoothly, making it a common obstacle in the roll-out of LNG infrastructure for transport.

After a short introduction of EDI and EDIAAL*, Patrick Cnubben of Energy Valley (secretary ‘Taskforce LNG Noord-Nederland’) presented on the Green Deal** and introduced the vision of Energy Valley on the role of LNG in the Dutch northern economy. The advantages of LNG over traditional fuels like diesel (LNG is quieter, cleaner, and cheaper) underlined the message brought across: the transport sector will need LNG to forge ahead competitively.

Then the Young Advisory Group gave an intriguing peek in their statistical model for calculating the business case of using LNG in shipping. The main message was: the business case is to be made separately for each shipper’s situation, much depending on required investments and the price spread between LNG and traditional fuels for shipping like heavy fuel oil. Curiosity was sparked right away, evidenced by the enthusiastic questions raised by the participants. The model is now to be filled in with data and we expect the student consultancy agency to come with more information soon.

Last speaker of the day, but certainly not the least, was Cees Boon, sector coordinator Harbour Master Policy Department at the Port of Rotterdam. As Port of Rotterdam is one of the few organisations experienced with requesting mentioned authorization, and because of the liveliness of Mr Boon on the topic, the public was very much engaged and had plenty of questions for the questions and discussion hour following the presentation. There were many details discussed, but the general message that stuck probably was that there are many rules (either existing or still to be formulated) to adhere to and many stakeholders to take into account.

The average grade for the event in general, given by the participants, was a 7.5 out of 10. This leads us to conclude that all in all it was a successful second session on small-scale LNG. We cannot wait for the third session to take place: April 18th, authorization for LNG filling stations for trucks, Abe Lenstra Stadion Heerenveen (click here for more information). As by then important documentation on required legislation will most likely be brought forward, added value will only be increased!

* EDIAAL is an Energy Delta Institute programme that aims to gather, edit and make available independent knowledge on the role of gas in the transition to a low carbon economy. The EDIaal project is partly made possible by a subsidy granted by The Northern Netherlands Provinces (SNN). EDIaal is co-financed by the European Union, European Fund for Regional Development, The Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation and Peaks in the Delta.

** The Green Deal is a ‘deal’ struck between the Dutch national government, local government, SER Noord Nederland and Energy Valley. It aims to stimulate the use of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in shipping and trucking in (the northern part of) the Netherlands by convincing potential users, securing infrastructure and supply, and facilitating in the necessary (societal, legal, and financial) framework.

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