Funchal, Madeira, Portugal (PortSEurope) December 22, 2017 – Galp Energia has completed, at the port of Funchal, Madeira, the first ever liquefied natural gas (LNG) vessel refuelling carried out at a Portuguese port, and the first on any Atlantic island.
The refuelling of the AIDAprima, one of the most environmentally friendly cruise ships in the world and the first LNG-powered cruise liner, places Galp as a forefront Atlantic supplier of the cleanest available marine fuels. The LNG supplied to the liner amounted to the average daily consumption of 42.000 households.
Galp now has the capacity to refuel ships with LNG at any port of mainland Portugal and islands and will soon also provide ship-to-ship refuelling, with added capacity and flexibility.
The LNG used in this operation is transported through cryogenic cistern containers, which maintain the gas in liquid state at very low temperatures, enabling its safe transport. In the Madeira island, this logistics replicates a virtual pipeline that supplies the thermal power plant of Vitória.
Galp’s partner in this operation is Gaslink, a Groupo Sousa unit that runs the LNG transportation and supply logistics between Portugal’s mainland and the port of Funchal.
Galp is an integrated energy player that develops profitable and sustainable businesses, aiming to create value for its shareholders and remaining stakeholders.
It is Portugal’s only oil and natural gas integrated operator, with activities that span from exploration and production of oil and natural gas to refining and marketing oil products, natural gas marketing and sales and power generation.
The AIDAprima cruise vessel is a flagship of AIDA, and part of Carnival Corp. Plc.
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