Gasum opens new liquefied gas bunkering station at Ports of Stockholm
In Sweden, Nordic gas provider Gasum Oy has commissioned a new bunkering station for liquefied gas – liquefied natural gas (LNG) and liquefied biomethane (LBG) – at the Port of Nynäshamn, a Ports of Stockholm facility located in southern greater Stockholm. The new station includes new bunkering solutions enabling ships to bunker environmentally friendly fuel faster than ever.
After a year of construction, the new bunkering station was put into service in mid-June 2020 to serve existing and new customers. The bunkering solution enables high-speed bunkering at from two delivery trucks at the same time.
The station set-up and the specialized trucks now being used allows bunkering to take place at the same time as vessel unloading or loading operations. Ferries were earlier bunkered using single trucks, which was both time consuming and affected the ferries’ main operations and schedule.
The station’s fit-for-purpose high-speed pumps allow the bunkering operation to take just 45 minutes. Passengers disembark and embark and goods are unloaded and loaded while bunkering. High precision and prompt deliveries from our side are needed in order to keep to the vessels’ ordinary schedule, explained Jonas Åkermark, Sales Manager, Gasum.
The new bunkering station is frequently used by two of Destination Gotland’s gas-powered ferries.
Being able to bunker fuel from the new station is a big step forward for our operations. We fuel faster, more efficiently, and during our normal operation hours. This in turn leads to a better service experience for our customers, said Christer Bruzelius, CEO of Destination Gotland.
Liquefied blends possible
The bunkering station is located at Ports of Stockholm premises, very close to the existing Gasum LNG terminal. Gasum’s LNG trucks efficiently transport the fuel the short distance of 5 kilometers from the terminal to the station.
Ports of Stockholm have high environmental ambitions. An important aspect is to support our customers in their work towards more sustainable and efficient shipping. Vessels powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) including a biogas blend, are showing us how to reduce the environmental impact. This example could also encourage the shipping industry to change to more sustainable fuel,” says Fredrik Lindstål, Board Director of Ports of Stockholm.
Gasum supplies both liquefied natural gas (LNG) and liquefied biomethane gas (LBG) or a blend of the two from the station. LBG aka bioLNG is a renewable energy source as the biomethane (aka renewable natural gas – RNG) is derived from upgraded biogas which in turn is produced from anaerobic digestion (AD) of organic residues such as food waste or sewage sludge from wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs).
According to Gasum, vessels that blend LBG into their fuel can reduce their environmental life-cycle emissions by up to 90 percent.