Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) is an extremely promising fuel to reduce the future environmental impact of sea and river transport. For this reason, ENGIE and its partners Mitsubishi Corporation and NYK Line, by launching their common Gas4Sea brand, are committed to developing LNG as a marine fuel supply offer through LNG bunkering vessels.
Gas4Sea is a global brand for LNG bunkering which aims to provide the shipping sector with LNG through purpose-built bunkering vessels. Launched by ENGIE together with Mitsubishi Corporation and NYK Line, Gas4Sea promotes an innovative service in an increasingly buoyant market.
LNG is made from natural gas – mainly methane – which has been liquefied at very low temperatures. Today, it is the most sustainable and the most reliable fossil fuel.
Once extracted, natural gas is cooled to -162°C so that it can be stored and transported in its liquid state. It can then be reinjected into the grid after regasification, or be used as a fuel for trucks, busses, and ships.
ENGIE is developing a comprehensive range of secure operations to make LNG accessible to all river and sea transport operators. Bunkering is used to transport LNG onto ships that usually run on fossil fuel with a high carbon footprint (diesel or heavy fuel oil). Bunkering may take several forms:
Ship to ship LNG bunkering can take place in ports or out at sea without interrupting commercial activities: a major advantage for Gas4Sea’s customers who are offered a cleaner, sustainable and also more efficient service.
This bunkering service will be available from late 2016 using the first purpose-built LNG bunkering vessel. Ordered by the partners in 2014, with a capacity of 5,000cm, it is the first of its kind in the market. Designed to adapt to a wide range of customers, it will be able to supply vessels in the Belgian port of Zeebrugge, as well as in neighboring ports. The partners will expand Gas4Sea’s footprint to other regions around the world to satisfy growing demand.
ENGIE is a major player in the world’s transition to cleaner energy, which is one reason why it decided to develop this business that may, in time, significantly reduce the use of oil-based products.
Cleaner and found in abundant supply around the world, LNG is a real boon for green growth and complies with new regulations that limit the emission of pollution.
ENGIE has been present on the natural gas market for over 50 years and is the top European importer of LNG, with a diversified long term supply portfolio. Today, ENGIE is committed to more sustainable maritime transport.