Ghenova Engineering will be responsible for designing a boat with 8,000 cubic meters capacity, designed for the operation and navigation in the most adverse conditions, and with greater efficiency and autonomy.
The Regional Minister of Economy, Industry and Employment, Francisco Conde, highlighted the commitment to building a modern ship supplier of liquefied natural gas as a further step, "concrete and concise", seeking a place the LNG HUB north west of the Iberian Peninsula, promoted in Ferrol, at the international forefront. In this sense, Conde said that the company Ghenova Engineering, located in the port of Ferrol, will be responsible for designing a boat with 8,000 cubic meters capacity, designed for the operation and navigation in the most adverse conditions, and equipped with the most efficiency and autonomy.
"The well-known path of Ghenova in the port of Ferrol”, said the Regional Minister, who also highlighted the commitment to innovation of the company, materialized through offshore wind projects, or leading, under the program Innterconecta, an initiative whose aim is to achieve a system to help the evacuation of ships in real time.
In this context, the Regional Minister, who was accompanied by President of Reganosa, José María Paz Godoy, the CEO of Ghenova, Francisco Cuervas, and the mayor of Mugardos, Juan Domingo de Deus, said that through the HUB, and in the framework of the European initiative TEN-T, "it is also contributing to decarbonising our transport”. He explained that this is a goal which all agents involved -the own Reganosa, Navantia, the University of Santiago, the Port Authority of Ferrol, and the Xunta de Galicia- are working, and which have already been taken various steps.
"First of all, the potential of LNG as fuel demand was analysed with more than 71,000 ship movements in the Atlantic Finisterre corridor”, Conde said. In addition, it was necessary to work to improve facilities in the Mugardos plant; technical solutions for the supply of LNG were studied; and a logistics chain was designed in order to guarantee supply, which also plays a prominent role designing this pilot vessel.
Thus, the Regional Minister said that the Regional Government wants to make the HUB "the most important energy distribution infrastructure of the Northwest area", providing the Galician shipyards with a great opportunity for building new vessels. It will be also beneficial for LNG suppliers of this pilot project, as well as for those that use liquefied natural gas as fuel, the conversion of vessels already built, and its repair.
Following the TEN-T program, said Conde, and within the framework of the new Core LNGas initiative, the work of adapting the current berth of the terminal will be promoted, whereas the development of engineering a new berth to improve current capabilities will keep going. According to Conde said, these actions are "part of the HUB roadmap for the next two years", which also includes the launch of a Centre of Excellence to train staff, and the study of conversion LNG from the dependent public Salvage fleet.
On this basis, the Regional Minister called for further work in the future in order to ensure Mugardos connection with the rest of the national network and exploit the possibilities offered by European plan for the period 2015-2024. A plan which, he recalled, includes the construction of a third tank, which will provide the necessary logistical capacity adapted to the entire world fleet of gas tankers; a second jetty for the plant, which will ensure a continuous supply as a required factor to supply all types of vessels powered by LNG; and the new steamer, which will double the capacity of the regasification plant of Mugardos.