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Construction of the LNG bunker terminal began in Bilbao and was welcomed by the Brittany Ferry

Brittany Ferry welcomes the start of construction of an LNG bunker facility in Bilbao. Fuel giant Repsol has confirmed the news paving the way for the arrival of Brittany Ferry’s first LNG powered ship, Salamanca. Construction of the bunker terminal will be completed in the first half of next year as soon as the ship arrives.
Salamanca will enter service on the UK-Spain route, with the addition of a second LNG powered vessel called Santoña, arriving in 2023. Another LNG bunker facility has been built by Repsol in Santander and preparatory work is already underway.
The construction of the LNG bunker terminal in Bilbao represents an important milestone in the journey towards fleet renewal and energy conversion of the Brittany Ferry. It also reaffirms the long-term partnership between the French ferry company and the fuel supplier Repsol.
“This is welcome news, and we applaud Repsol and Bilbao’s port partners for promoting it,” said Christopher Mathieu Brittany Ferries CEO. “The transition to cleaner, greener fuels relies on an integrated approach that connects vehicles with other key partners such as fuel suppliers and ports. Work will be completed in the coming months and the first LNG We look forward to the arrival of a ship powered by. “
The Bilbao Terminal is equipped with a cryogenic tank with a storage capacity of 1,000 m3, which can keep natural gas in a liquid state at -160 ° C. The flexible design of the terminal will enable us to serve a variety of vessels in the future, providing an important decarbonization opportunity for port operations.
The project will include an investment of over € 10 million by Repsol. The Santander Port Authority has already begun work on a second facility on the quay where the bunker station will be located.
Both terminals in Spain will be jointly funded by the European Commission through the CEF-Connecting Europe Facilities Program.
About LNG:
LNG is a fuel that almost eliminates the emission of air pollutants such as SOx and soot particles. It also significantly reduces NOx emissions while clearly reducing carbon dioxide emissions compared to standard marine fuels.
Brittany Ferries sees LNG as the best interim energy solution on its way to future zero-emission fuels such as ammonia, hydrogen and biofuels. Ships such as Salamanca and Santoña help reduce carbon dioxide emissions as Brittany ferries move toward the 2050 deadline set by the International Maritime Organization.
In addition to Salamanca and Santoña, the company has announced orders for two more vessels. These are LNG hybrid vessels that will replace the two oldest vessels in the Brittany Ferry fleet. They operate in the straits that connect France and Britain, arriving in 2024 and 2025.
The LNG hybrid not only operates in battery-only mode when maneuvering at the port, but is also configured to plug into coastal power when this solution is offered at the port.

Construction of the LNG bunker terminal began in Bilbao and was welcomed by the Brittany Ferry Construction of the LNG bunker terminal began in Bilbao and was welcomed by the Brittany Ferry

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