Abstract

One of the ways to achieve sustainable and efficient transport is the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as fuel.

Both the lines of navigation between America and Europe, between this and Africa or Asia, have on the shores of the Northwest of the Iberian Peninsula as a required step. The port of Ferrol is located at a strategic point in the Atlantic corridor, which belongs to the maritime highway of Western Europe.

On the other hand, this port has within its scope with an LNG terminal in operation Reganosa property and one of the most important shipyards of the world, owned by Navantia. These two companies have joined the Port Authority of Ferrol, the local government through the Energy Institute of Galicia and the University of Santiago de Compostela to develop a distribution centre for LNG as a fuel in the Northwest of the Iberian Peninsula.

Within this project includes action proposed, focused on the design of media, infrastructure and procedures necessary to provide LNG as fuel to ships navigating the Atlantic corridor, as a satellite plants in ports and nearby coasts. The topography of the region makes its percentage of coastal, especially estuaries, one of the highest in Europe, which makes possible and effective maritime LNG distribution.

Such design will include the necessary modifications in the terminal and the definition of maritime supply media. This will be based on the forecast of the demand for use of LNG as a fuel in the coming years to, thus, achieves optimal utilization of existing capacities and efficient development of the future ones.

In this way, it seeks to make available to all the agents of the market LNG, an eco-friendly fuel.