Gasum bunkered liquefied biogas (LBG) for the first time to an offshore supply vessel in Norway. The fuel was delivered to Lundin Energy Norway’s supply vessel, Island Crusader.
The truck-to-ship bunkering took place in Risavika Harbour, close to Stavanger. Island Crusader is a battery hybrid running on liquefied gas and using electricity.
Lundin Energy Norway is an independent Nordic oil and gas company, aiming to reach carbon neutrality across its operations by 2023. Among others, the firm is striving to achieve battery hybridisation of all supply and stand-by vessels on fixed contracts as part of its decarbonisation strategy.
“We are very happy to support Lundin Energy Norway on its journey towards carbon-neutral operations,” said Gunnar Helmen, sales manager at Gasum. “Biogas is a way to significantly reduce the maritime sector’s emissions and it is available already today, which makes it a viable option for companies.”
LBG is currently the cleanest maritime fuel available, able to reduce fuel emissions by up to 90%. It is also interchangeable with LNG that is nowadays used more frequently as a fuel in maritime operations. Using LNG reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to 21% compared to conventional fuel.
The Norwegian oil and gas sector is facing stricter emission targets. Biogas as an offshore vessel fuel is an efficient solution to meeting these targets – one reason being that a large number of these vessels are already running on LNG.
“Together with supporting politics we can increase the Norwegian biogas production significantly and contribute in making waste to energy, pushing for the green shift, and we can do it today,” Helmen concluded.