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Iberian Peninsula is geostrategically located and has key gas       Regarding the studies with integrated pilots, known as the
infrastructure with which to consolidate its position as the        “hardware” of the project, they will test real parts of the LNG
European leader in this field.                                      logistic chain, including the adaptation of LNG Terminals,
                                                                    and the:
LNG is the most environmentally friendly fuel, given that
it generates about 30% fewer emissions of CO2 than oil.             • Development of the logistic chain, including the retrofitting
Moreover, it reduces emissions of sulphur oxides (SOx),                 of two bunker barges in order to supply LNG as marine fuel.
particulate matter (PM) and nitrogen oxides (NOx), which                Moreover, the project develops a pilot to test the multimodal
will allow complying with increasingly tight environmental              transportation of LNG, by means of an ISO container, since
regulation demanded by the International Maritime                       it is necessary to increase the capillarity of the logistic chain
Organization and the European Union, particularly improving             and this solution can provide huge benefits.
the air quality of port environments.
                                                                    • The use of LNG within the port environment. For example,
The project aim to accomplish two specific objectives:                  it will perform the retrofitting of a straddle carrier ( to
one already done, the contribution to the National Policy               move containers around the terminals) or the construction
Framework fulfilling the requirements of the directive                  of a tugboat powered by LNG.
2014/94/EU on the deployment of alternative fuels
infrastructure (Clean Power for Transport); and the other,          Note that in addition, the project will include in this “pilot
to provide a roadmap and investment plan to scale up the            testing” a real tank-to-wheel analysis that should confirm the
results, in order to reach a larger commercial roll out of LNG      better position of this alternative fuel with respect to others.
infrastructure and equipment for maritime transport and port
services.                                                           We believe that natural gas is the fuel of the future of
                                                                    transportation. Especially in maritime transportation, LNG is a
CORE LNGas hive involves 14 studies and 11 studies with             down-to-earth alternative fuel to oil that also allows to comply
integrated pilot. The first ones are being considered the           with emissions regulations with the potential to produce
“software” of the project. They will allow, for example,            saving to ship owners. l
identifying the standards needed to develop LNG as a fuel.
They include:

• The prediction on the demand of LNG as a marine fuel
    both in Portugal and Spain, including and special study
    for the Gibraltar Strait since it is one of the most important
    bunker areas in the world.

• The identification of safety, environmental and technical
    national standards in order to assure an adequate frame
    in LNG bunkering operations, supported by the
    experience of Enagás. Taking into account the regulation
    that is being developed by international organizations, the
    project will go further, giving right inputs to the national

• The deployment of different kind of actions aiming to
    improve LNG social perception.

• The identification of the training needs in the whole             Contact details:
    logistic chain, and the definition of the training actions and  For further information, please visit
    accreditation processes. Training is vital in LNG as a new
    alternative fuel, to assure safety and security in operations.  Email:
    A whole structure needs to be defined, and the project
    helps the national regulators to construct it.
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