Creation date: December 17, 2014
The EU's TEN-T Programme will invest almost €2.5 million for studies and pilot construction of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in the seaport of Bremen in Germany. The green and economically attractive LNG could help reduce air pollution caused by maritime transport.
European Regulations require the shipping sector to reduce marine sulphur emissions in the North Sea to 0.1% as of January 2015. One of the ways to reach this objective is to use cleaner fuel such as LNG. This project responds to the TEN-T programme goal to provide publicly accessible LNG refuelling facilities in all core European ports by 2030, leading to improved market acceptance and availability of LNG as an alternative fuel.
The project features a study and pilot construction of a flexible, multi-modal LNG terminal that could provide a reliable supply of LNG to maritime, road and rail users in a geographical area of around 300-400 km. It covers planning, design and engineering, as well as the construction and operation of an LNG filling station. While the initial size will be relatively small the flexible approach ensures that effective market demand can be accommodated by enlarging the facility at a later stage.
The project was selected for EU funding with the assistance of external experts under the TEN-T Annual Call 2013, priority 'Decarbonisation / Oil substitution or environmental cost reduction'. Its implementation will be monitored by INEA, the European Commission's Innovation and Networks Executive Agency.
The project is to be completed by December 2015.
The TEN-T Programme was established by the European Commission to support the construction and upgrade of transport infrastructure across the European Union.
The INEA is managing the technical and financial implementation of the TEN-T programme.