The Port of Dunkirk has issued an invitation for expressions of interest for a small-scale marine and onshore LNG distribution station.
To comply with a new EU directive, which aims to lower the sulphur content of certain liquid fuels, shipowners are being encouraged to consider LNG as alternative marine fuel. However, the use of LNG as a marine fuel requires the creation of a new supply chain in commercial ports.
With a new full-scale LNG terminal under construction, the Port of Dunkirk is preparing to meet demand for LNG both locally and potentially in neighbouring ports. The LNG terminal will be operational by the end of 2015, making Dunkirk the first port of entry and last port of exit in the SECA (Sulphur Emission Control Areas) to be able to offer efficient LNG bunkering services for ships.
All potential players interested in this project are invited to apply. Successful applicants will be asked to submit a comprehensive project to the port, which will be assessed in accordance with the selection criteria.
The winning bidder will carry out all the necessary studies and support the investment for the construction and operation of the new small-scale LNG distribution station.
The terms of cooperation between the winning bidder and the port are enclosed in the Expression of Interest document.