Gibraltar opens new LNG terminal built by Shell and Gasnor
Gibraltar announced Tuesday the opening of a new LNG terminal, built by Shell and its subsidiary Gasnor (100% owned by Shell), in an effort to provide cleaner energy for the local market.
Shell said in a statement that the move to powering Gibraltar’s homes and businesses with reliable and cleaner energy is of great importance to reducing emissions.
“Delivering this project is a tangible example of Shell’s strategy to provide more and cleaner energy. We believe that projects like this can offer real benefits elsewhere in the world,” said Maarten Wetselaar, integrated gas and new energies director for Shell.
As part of efforts to switch to burning natural gas from diesel-fueled power, the terminal will provide LNG for the newly commissioned 80 MW gas-fired power plant.
According to Shell, LNG vessels will load into the terminal twice a month, during nighttime in order to lower disruption to the neighboring port and airport.
“It [LNG] will be stored in five double-walled stainless-steel tanks, each able to hold 1,000 cubic metres of LNG. The first LNG cargo arrived in January to support testing and commissioning of the power plant,” Shell said.
An LNG supply agreement was signed in 2016 between Shell and the Gibraltar government paving the way for construction of the terminal.
According to the statement, Gasnor, which specialize in small-scale LNG operations in Northwest Europe, will operate the terminal.