Enagás and EC launch CORE LNGas hive project to support the clean fuel

Enagás and EC launch CORE LNGas hive project to support the clean fuel

The CORE LNGas hive project for the promotion of LNG as a fuel in the transport sector was presented in

Madrid. The Director General for Energy of the European Commission, Dominique Ristori, the Secretary

of State for Energy, Alberto Nadal and the presidents of the State Ports, José Llorca, and Enagás, Antonio

Llardén attended the event.

The event was held at the headquarters of the EU institutions in Spain for the purpose of highlighting

the innovative nature of the project, which aims to develop an integrated supply chain that is safe and

efficient for the provision of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as a fuel in the transport sector, especially

maritime transport, in the Iberian Peninsula.

With 8 regasification plants, the Iberian Peninsula occupies a privileged geostrategic position and has

developed considerable know-how in LNG logistics solutions, which are key to the project’s

development and its consolidation as a European reference in this area.

The CORE LNGas hive initiative has been selected by the European Commission as the winner in the call

for aid mechanism “Connecting Europe Facility” (CEF) for the development of the Trans-European

Transport Network (Call 2014), and will receive 16.5 million euros of funding from the European

Commission. The total investment in the project will amount to €33Mn.

Led by State Ports and coordinated by Enagás, this project has a total of 42 partners from Spain and

Portugal: 8 institutional partners, including the Directorate General of the Merchant Marine; 13 port

authorities and 21 industrial partners, LNG operators, shipbuilders, regasification companies and other


The initiative involves 25 studies, to be conducted by the partner companies for the adaptation of

infrastructure and logistical and commercial development, in order to offer small-scale supply and

bunkering services.

The implementation of the project, which will serve as a basis for proposing the ‘National Action

Framework’ of LNG as a maritime fuel in Spain, is scheduled to run until 2020.

In line with the EU strategy on alternative fuel infrastructures (Clean Power for Transport), this project

will contribute to the decarbonisation of the Mediterranean and the Atlantic corridors. LNG is one of the

most environmentally friendly fossil fuels because it generates about 30% less CO2 emissions than oil

and oil-based products.

The 42 project partners are: Enagás as a coordinator; Public institutions: State Ports, Directorate General

of the Merchant Marine, Basque Energy Board (EVE), Energy Institute of Galicia (INEGA), Renfe Freight

Transport, Maritime Security and Rescue Society (SASEMAR), the Polytechnic University of Madrid and

the University of Santiago de Compostela; 13 Port Authorities: the Bay of Algeciras, Barcelona, Bilbao,

Cartagena, Ferrol-San Cibrao, Gijon, Huelva, Melilla, Santander, Tarragona, Tenerife, Valencia and Vigo;

21 Industrial Partners: Astilleros Armón, Boluda Corporación Marítima, Bureau Veritas, CEPSA, Flota

Suardiaz, Valenciaport Foundation, Gas Natural Fenosa, Guascor Power, HAM Criogénica, IDIADA

Automotive Technology, ITSAS Gas Bunker Supply, Molgas Energy, Reganosa, Remolcadores Ibaizabal,

REN Gasodutos, Saggas, Seaplace, Terminal Catalunya (BEST), Terminal de Contenidores of Barcelona

(TCB) and UTE Remolcadores Barcelona-SAR.


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