The County Administrative Board in Västra Götaland has granted Swedegas and Vopak LNG Holding a permit under the Environmental Code for an LNG terminal at the Energy Port in Gothenburg, reports LNG World News.
The terminal will be capable of supplying shipping, industry and heavy transport with gas as fuel in its transition from oil to gas.
Lars Gustafsson, president of Swedegas, said: “We are currently in the process of clearing the area at the port and, having secured the environmental permit, we can now move into the next development stage of the project.”
He added: “It is gratifying to know that we had the entire environmental impact assessment approved. We have met with considerable interest and involvement from all parties concerned.”
The liquefied natural gas will arrive at the Port of Gothenburg by sea. It will then be transferred to road tankers or rail trucks for onward distribution, mainly to industrial facilities throughout the country.
It will also be possible for ships to bunker LNG as fuel. In time, the terminal will have the capacity to supply gas to the existing grid.
The terminal will be constructed in collaboration with the Port of Gothenburg, which will invest in the port infrastructure. It will also be co-financed by the EU´s TEN-T programme.
The permit comes into effect immediately and covers LNG storage of up to 33,000m3 and the handling of up to 500,000 tonnes of LNG each year.