LNG has replaced oil products in a variety of industries, which has led to increased competitiveness and reduced emissions.
LNG is liquefied natural gas, a clear, colourless, non-toxic liquid that forms when natural gas is cooled to -162ºC (-260ºF). This shrinks the volume of the gas 600 times, making it easier to store and ship to markets and regions that are not linked to gas network.
Skangas entered into an agreement with parts of the Gothia Tanker Alliance to supply liquefied natural gas (LNG) as fuel. The new agreement comprises current as well as new vessels with LNG propulsion soon to come.
The main Swedish shipping companies that will get the advantage of the supply agreement with Skangas are Furetank Rederi AB, Erik Thun AB and Rederi AB Älvtank. These shipping companies have invested in total six new LNG fueled vessels and together with the existing Fure West they are all jointly operated by the Gothia Tanker Alliance.
The Swedish Shipowners’ Association is actively contributing to reduce any negative environmental impact of the shipping industry. Their goal is zero emissions within 2050.
“Investing in LNG fueled vessels contributes along these lines”, explains Lars Höglund, Managing Director of Furetank. “For newbuilds we focus on energy efficiency and innovations. Together with our choice of cleaner fuel we are experiencing a major reduction in our CO2 emissions, not to forget the reductions in particulate matters and NOX”, he concludes.
Wherever a LNG vessel might need fuel Skangas will be delivering. The delivery chain consists of trailer trucks, extensively being used for bunkering operations in ports, bunkering from terminals, as well as Skangas’s bunker vessel Coralius. The bunkering ship-to-ship by Coralius may take place at anchorage off Gothenburg in Sweden, off Skaw in Denmark, off shore Norway or in ports during cargo operations.
“Skangas is very happy with the agreement and to continue our relationship with Furetank and the rest of the Gothia Tanker Alliance”, says Tommy Mattila, Director Sales and Marketing in Skangas. “Being trusted to supply LNG also for the future vessels is a confirmation that we are delivering as expected. We will continue investing and improving to meet ship owners’ demands and expectations,” he concludes.
Liquefied Natural Gas, LNG, is the cleanest available marine fuel, one that is rapidly becoming more commonly used as a cost-effective alternative. LNG is suitable for all vessel types, including ferries, passenger ships, tankers, bulk, supply and containerships. LNG offers several benefits by reducing local and global pollution. Switching to LNG completely removes SOx and particulates and reduces NOx emissions by up to 85%. In addition, LNG reduces CO2 emissions by at least 20%. Use of LNG as marine fuel result in compliance with current and forthcoming IMO and EU regulations.
Harjavalta, Finland, 23 October 2018: For the first time Nornickel Harjavalta and Suomen Teollisuuden Energiapalvelut (STEP) Oy received liquefied biogas (LBG) from Skangas. Renewable liquefied biogas substantially improves the environmental footprint of the companies.
The LBG is used in Nornickel’s production of biohydrogen and for their energy production. Up to now Skangas has been supporting Nornickel with Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). Nornickel Harjavalta’s goal is to continuously improve waste recycling. In addition, they are committed to reducing emission to air and water and minimizing disturbances.
“Using liquefied biogas is a natural development towards an even cleaner operation and environment,” says Marko Mikkola, Director Operations support & EHSQ, Nornickel Harjavalta. “Having replaced oil products with LNG in hydrogen production and bioenergy we are already significantly reducing our fossil CO2 emissions. As renewable LBG becomes increasingly available we will continue to improve our environmental footprint,” he concludes.
STEP received liquefied biogas for their bio steam boiler plant. Annually the steam boiler plant produces around 220,000 MWh of steam fueled by wood pellets. Wood pellets is the main fuel for STEP supported by back-up fuel of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Skangas. Investing in the new steam boiler in 2016 STEP estimated an annual CO2 reduction of approximately 70,000 tons. This is since they changed their energy source from heavy oil to pellets and gas.
“We are extremely satisfied with the opportunity to use renewable gas in our energy production”, says Antti Kokko, Head of Sales and Business Development, STEP. “This is a step in the right direction and we welcome more biogas whenever possible,” he concludes.
“This is the first time we are supplying LBG to Norilsk and STEP”, says Jouni Bedda, Sales Manager in Skangas. “ LNG and LBG will continue to walk hand in hand as the availability of LBG on the market is on the rise.”
Because the LNG and LBG mainly consist of methane the existing LNG supply infrastructure can be used. Compared to oil products LNG removes SOx and particulate matters and reduces NOx emissions by up to 85%. In addition, LNG reduces CO2 emissions by at least 20%. LBG is like LNG, however, it is a renewable fuel made from 100% local feedstocks. Biogas is produced through the processing of various types of organic waste.
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