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We are told that gas is too expensive, we are told Russia is a bogey man and so on.
Then I find a bizarre news feed item linking to
Two LNG tankers set to arrive in Rotterdam and Zeebrugge
(Reuters) – Two liquefied natural gas tankers are heading towards the Dutch port of Rotterdam and Belgium’s Zeebrugge, Reuters shipping data showed.
The Arctic Voyager tanker is set to arrive in Rotterdam on April 17, while the Al Utouriya should arrive in Zeebrugge around May 1.
So? Why put up a cryptic news story?
Trade journals can reveal a lot, dated 31st March 2015
New LNG Infrastructure in Rotterdam Port
Gate terminal (main shareholders Gasunie and Royal Vopak) has begun construction activities for the new LNG break bulk infrastructure at its site at the Maasvlakte in Rotterdam.
Parallel to that, the Port of Rotterdam has started with the excavation of a new harbor basin next to Gate terminal.
Shell invests in LNG bunkering facilities at Rotterdam port terminal
London (Platts)–3 Jul 2014
Anglo-Dutch Shell said Thursday it had committed to underwrite the construction of a bulk-breaking unit at the Gasunie/Vopak operated Gate LNG terminal in Rotterdam.
As tighter pollution limits come into force, LNG is set to play a larger role in bunkering for sea and riverborne vessels in Europe. Bulk breaking allows large volumes of LNG, stored in large tanks, to be divided into manageable portions for small offtake loads.
The new LNG for transport infrastructure includes the construction of a new jetty which will make LNG more widely available as a transport fuel for vessels in northwest Europe. Shell is to be the foundation customer for its services but did not disclose any financial details.
This implies the scheme is about marine fuel. Anyone know for sure?
In a way this is a matter of concern, LNG, doesn’t really matter how gas is stored, is a highly risky fuel, fire at sea is bad enough as things stand. Contrast with bunkering heavy oil, which is solid at ambient termperature, very little volatility.
Has this really been thought through?
Wouldn’t it make as much sense to use local fracking or is this knowing full well that might come later?
1. Image colour/contrast altered and resized.
Bahamas flag, last port Norway
2. Marshall Islands registered, currently under way in Perian Gulf, out of Qatar.
Post by Tim