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GAC Ireland’s Cork Terminal in biofuels partnership

GAC Ireland’s Cork Terminal in biofuels partnership
GAC Ireland’s Mark Drake (left), Andy Bann, and Keith Brady assisting with the first-ever cargo discharged at the terminal from the tanker 'Stolt Greenshank' (photo courtesy GAC Ireland).

GAC Ireland, part of United Arab Emirates (UAE) headed Gulf Agency Company Ltd (GAC Group) and Green Biofuels Ltd UK (GBF) have celebrated the debut lifting of biofuels from Ireland’s first clean fuels terminal. The company has been appointed to operate and maintain GBF’s Cork Terminal effective as of March 2023.

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Green Biofuels Ltd (GBF) is the UK’s largest provider of renewable diesel (aka HVO). The first 39 000-litre lifting of Gd⁺ fuel, was completed in April under the eagle eye of Kenneth Long, GAC Ireland’s Cork Terminal Manager.

It was heading for Mullingar in central Ireland where it will be used for several applications.

Previously, GBF leased tanks in the UK through third parties. The beginning of operations at their own facility is a major milestone for the company – and GBF selected GAC as its partner to provide the manning and oversee day-to-day terminal activities.

Under the agreement, GAC provides terminal management services at the site, including providing terminal operators, loading masters, and jetty operators who are responsible for the day-to-day operations of the terminal, discharging fuel from vessels, and overseeing the loading of fuel onto trucks for delivery.

Environmental ethos

We awarded GAC the management of the terminal due to the experience and expertise of their people and their superb safety, environmental and reliability ethos. We believe these are the principal ingredients required to successfully deliver a visionary, new facility, said Alex Azadegan, Operations Manager at GBF.

In 2021, Ireland imported over 8 million litres of Gd+ HVO from the UK, and GBF is seeing significant growth to this figure as industries turn to greener alternatives to fossil fuels.

Ireland has committed to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 51 percent by 2030 and reach net zero by 2050. GBF is in the business of introducing low-carbon, drop-in replacement fuels to the UK and Irish markets, and is powering the BBC’s coverage of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest currently taking place in Liverpool, UK.

I am personally very proud to be part of this journey in making renewable fuel accessible here in Ireland on a large scale, said Kenneth Long.

GAC’s support for the biofuels sector chimes with the Group’s pledge to work for a more sustainable future.

Together with GAC Bunker Fuels, we are committed to facilitating the growth of biofuels as an alternative fuel of the future throughout the UK and Ireland. It is fantastic to support GBF and to work with the Port of Cork on this project, said Nicholas Browne, Managing Director of GAC UK & Ireland.

The Cork Terminal currently only handles Gd⁺ but options to store other clean fuels there are being explored.

The current capacity of 38 million litres is set to increase to 53 million litres with further development. The beginning of operations marks the beginning of a long, successful partnership in the journey toward net zero.

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