29 January 2017
GAS NATURAL FENOSA and Baleària successfully bunkered the first liquefied natural gas on the ferry Abel Matutes yesterday as part of their project, the first of its kind in Spain, to install an auxiliary natural gas engine and a liquefied natural gas (LNG) tank aimed at reducing emissions and improving air quality.
Natural gas bunkering is envisaged in the energy supply contract signed by the two companies when they launched the project. This bunkering process is of the truck to ship (TTS) kind, which consists of directly transferring the fuel from a tanker to the Abel Matutes. It is the first operation of its kind to be carried out in the Port of Barcelona under its 2016 Air Quality Improvement Plan.
And it marks a project milestone, as once the pertinent tests have been performed, the vessel will be able operate with the auxiliary natural gas engine, thus reducing emissions from its manoeuvres in the port areas of Barcelona and Mallorca, the two cities connected daily by this Baleària ferry.
1 March 2017
GAS NATURAL FENOSA and Baleària officially launch today Spain’s first natural gas engine for passenger boats, in the Port of Barcelona. Both companies have fostered the development and installation of the auxiliary engine and a 30 m3 tank of liquefied natural gas (LNG) (which can operate for one week) on the ferry Abel Matutes owned by Baleària, which operates a daily Barcelona-Palma de Mallorca route. The project to transform the ferry was carried out without interfering with its routes and operations.
The launch was attended by the Chairman of Baleària, Adolfo Utor, the General Manager of Retail Businesses at GAS NATURAL FENOSA, Daniel López Jordà, and the President of the Port of Barcelona, Sixte Cambra.
The Chairman of Baleària, Adolfo Utor, commented that this project involved “the solid first step in Baleària’s support for natural gas”, with shipping a worldwide pioneer in its use, through the current construction of three smartships powered by LNG. Utor remarked that a commitment to the environment and the use of non-polluting energy was “a strategic decision for the company”.
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25 April 2019
The final event of the project was held at the Port of Barcelona on the 25th of April 2019. The objective was to present the results achieved at the end of the CleanPort project: the first natural gas engine in a passenger ferry in the Port of Barcelona.
The event included the participation of Mercè Conesa, President of the Port of Barcelona; Adolfo Utor, President of Baleària; Vicente Gramuntell, Director of Operations of Naturgy Iberia; and Marta Subirà, Secretary of Environment and Sustainability of the regional Government of Cataluña.
In the picture, Marta Subirà inaugurates the event underlining the importance of alternative fuels for the improvement of air quality.
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