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Port Of Cartagena Continues LNG Development

Port of Cartagena continues LNG development

The port is continuing with work to adapt the Principe Felipe dock in the Escombreras basin for the loading of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and live cattle are progressing at a good pace – June 2, 2021 The facility will have a 211-meter dock with a 3,000 m² esplanade that will respond to the demand for space to increase the loading and unloading of more
sustainable fuels such as liquified natural gas (LNG), commented the president of the APC, Yolanda Muñoz. The works began in August 2020 and have a 20-month execution period, which is why they are expected to finish by the end of the year. “They will allow us to position ourselves as a logistics center for liquefied natural gas in Europe and strengthen the LNG supply chain in maritime transport. It will improve the efficiency of LNG supply operations, which means increasing competitiveness, contributing to generating an economy in Cartagena and the Region, betting on decarbonization and guaranteeing the supply of gas for families, hospitals and industries in the Region. Murcia ”, explained the president of the APC.  Until April 2021, the Port has carried out LNG operations where more than one million tons have been moved. In 2020, the Port grew by 71 percent in the discharge of LNG, exceeding 2.2 million tons.  This action is the most important work being carried out by the Port of Cartagena, with a budget of more than 9.7 million euros and involves activating the economy and generating 220 jobs, moving towards European sustainability policies where the Port is a pioneer in supplying and refueling of liquefied natural gas (LNG). “Our commitment to improving infrastructures gives confidence to the companies installed in Escombreras that invest in our port. Enagás has adapted its plant for the loading and unloading of LNG, with an investment of 15 million euros, to improve its efficiency and to different innovations in gas supply and distribution logistics operations ”.  The Port of Cartagena bet two decades ago, together with Enagás and other companies, to prepare port facilities for the unloading of more sustainable fuels such as LNG. It is a pioneer in liquefied natural gas bunkering, for supplying, together with Repsol and Enagás, LNG as fuel to a ship directly from a regasification plant. This operation is part of the European CORE LNGas Hive project, co-financed by the European Commission.  Work executed at 65 percent  The works, in charge of the Unión Temporal de Empresas (UTE) Sato-Tecop SA., Are being carried out in two areas. In the western area of ​​the Principe Felipe dock, the berthing line is being expanded with the installation of 4 concrete caissons. This will involve the enclosure of a sheltered sheet of water surface to fill it and obtain a new esplanade. In the northern area, in the Enagás area, two boxes have been placed that will increase the berthing line. The measurements of the drawers range between 17.3 and 25.55 meters in length, 10.25-13.2 meters in width, and 13.5-15 meters.  Yolanda Muñoz recalled that “these caissons have been built in the port itself using innovative Spanish technology. We are a pioneer port in the construction of caissons that we have exported to other nearby ports that have carried out extensions to their docks ”. Source: Autoridad Portuaria de Cartagena (APC – Port Authority of Cartagena)

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