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New fuels for the maritime sector in Spain thanks to EU supported project

Date: 13/03/2013

The European Union will support with over €1 million from the TEN-T Programme a series of studies to assess the use of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as a shipping fuel in the Port of Gijón in Spain.

The project, which was selected for funding under the 2011 TEN-T Annual Call, involves conducting studies to evaluate the feasibility and plan the necessary infrastructure adaptations for the use of LNG as a shipping fuel in the Port of Gijón. LNG is rapidly emerging as a more environmentally friendly fuel for the maritime sector and its uptake is encouraged by the European Union.

In particular the project will conduct:

•    A study of standards, regulations and legal issues

•    Technical design studies: vessel interaction with the LNG supply infrastructure while at berth

•    Impact studies related to the introduction of LNG in the Port

•    User requirements

•    Recommendations for the progressive introduction of LNG as a shipping fuel

•    Implementation plan, including a business plan and an environmental study

The project is set to be completed by May 2014.

For more information, please consult the project's page.

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