Specifically, the European Commission will support a number of initiatives, including the development of two new projects to supply LNG to ships - bunkering - in Barcelona and Algeciras, coordinated by Enagás.
The partners in these initiatives are Enagás, Scale Gas, the Port Authorities of Barcelona and Bahía de Algeciras.
These projects are framed within the ‘LNGhive2’ institutional strategy leaded by Puertos del Estado, to support the development of LNG market as maritime fuel and and to guarantee its bunkering in the ports in compliance with EU Directive 94/2014 on alternative fuels.
The funds granted by the Connecting Europe Facility, which have been used to support a total of eight projects in Spain in the latest call, will help to achieve the climate objectives set out in the European Green Deal.
The initiatives proposed by ‘LNGhive2’ will further strengthen Spain's position as a European reference in LNG bunkering. They follow the initiatives for small-scale supply and adaptation of infrastructure and logistics that are already underway under the ‘CORE LNGas hive’ project.
The seven regasification plants in Spain are already adapted to supply LNG in transport, as are some ports, barges and tugboats, port cranes and trains.
Up to June 2020, bunkering operations in Spain increased three times compared to the same period last year (89 operations in 2019 and 297 in 2020) and the volume of LNG supplied has almost doubled (38,663 m3 in 2019 and 62,837 m3 in 2020).
According to the DNV/GL, there are 169 LNG-powered ships operating in the world, 222 have been ordered and 126 are “LNG ready”.
Furthermore, six of the 15 barges currently supplying LNG in the world have operated in Spain in recent years, reinforcing the country's role in supplying LNG to ships from trucks, ships or terminals.