The Trans-European Network for Transport (TEN-T) Call 2012 (Multi-Annual Call and Annual Call combined) makes €1.597 billion available to finance European transport infrastructure projects covering all transport modes - air, rail, road, and maritime/inland waterways - plus logistics and intelligent transport systems, and all EU Member States.

As part of the TEN-T Annual Call programme two LNG projects have been recommended for funding under priority 2 which specifies "measures to promote innovation and new technologies for transport infrastructure and facilities contributing to decarbonisation or the reduction of external costs in general". In addition, the Executive agency also recommended four LNG projects to be funded under the TEN-T Multi-Annual Call as part of the Motorways of the Sea (MoS) programme. NGVA Europe member Gasrec was furthermore granted funding for its LNG road transport project in the category "Priority Projects". With the latter regrettably only one road project has been selected. The total funding granted for the seven LNG related projects overall amounts to some €105 million.

1. Flexible LNG bunkering value chain on the Spanish Mediterranean coast (2012-ES-92034-S)

The general objective of the Action is to meet the requirements to overcome the existing barriers for an LNG bunkering supply chain for ships and vessels in the Mediterranean basin. The study will deal with the technical, operational, economic and legal aspects of LNG bunkering vessel operations, in order to enable its deployment in the medium term. TEN-T funding has been recommended in the amount of €1,044,000, covering 50% of the project's total costs.

2. LNG hub in the northwestern Iberian Peninsula (2012-ES-92068-S)

The objective of the Action is to develop a hub for LNG as fuel for the Port of Ferrol in the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula. It focuses on the design of the necessary facilities, infrastructure and procedures in order to supply LNG as fuel to vessels navigating on the Atlantic corridor, which belongs to the Motorway of the Sea Western Europe. TEN-T funding has been recommended in the amount of €602,000, covering 50% of the project's total costs.

3. LNG Rotterdam Gothenburg (2012-EU-21003-P)

The project consists of two components: the LNG break bulk facility at the Port of Rotterdam adjacent to the Gate terminal and the small-scale satellite terminal in Skarvikshamnen, Gothenburg. The Action will be implemented by a consortium of LNG Break Bulk Rotterdam C.V. (a joint venture of Vopak LNG Holding B.V. and N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie), Vopak LNG Holding B.V. and Swedegas as terminal and infrastructural operators, as well as the Ports of Rotterdam and Gothenburg. TEN-T funding has been recommended in the amount of €34,272,000, covering 20% of the project's total costs.

4. SEAGAS (2012-EU-21006-S)

This Action is composed of studies that aim at determining the feasibility of implementing LNG bunkering facilities in the Port of Roscoff (northwestern France) and the Port of Santander (northern Spain). They take into account the conformity of the infrastructures and equipment with the standards for risk prevention (Seveso Directive), environmental protection and the eventual constraints, revealed by the impact assessments and the public inquiries. The findings of these studies will be essential to Brittany Ferries in order to decide about the construction of new or retrofitted LNG vessels and for port authorities in Roscoff and Santander for decisions regarding the development of LNG bunkering infrastructures. TEN-T funding in the amount of €1,041,000 has been recommended, covering 50% of the project's total costs.

5. Pilot: LNG bunkering infrastructure solution and pilot actions for ships operating on the Motorway of the Baltic Sea (2012-EU-21009-P)

This proposed Action is part of a Global Project aiming to implement efficient and economically viable solutions to meet the stricter sulphur legislation in 2015 in the Sulphur Emission Control Area (SECA) and support the development of a strong, competitive, and environmentally sustainable shipping sector in the Baltic Sea. The Action is composed of works, aiming at implementing an LNG bunker supply infrastructure for the Port of Brofjorden, Lysekil, on the west coast of Sweden. It also includes technical studies, whose goal is to deploy new LNG technologies in full scale pilot actions (studies) in commercial vessels operating in the Baltic and North Seas. It will establish a complete LNG supply and transport infrastructure including all components required to ship LNG from the supplier to the LNG terminal, from terminal to bunker vessel, and from bunker vessel to the LNG fuelled vessels. TEN-T funding in the amount of €23,103,000 has been recommended, covering some 30% of the project's total costs.

6. LNG Masterplan for Rhine-Main-Danube (2012-EU-18067-S)

The action, which addresses Priority Project 18 (Waterway axis Rhine/Meuse-Main-Danube) will provide a European strategy and pilot deployments both for LNG as fuel for inland vessels and as cargo transported on waterways and distributed via inland ports. The Action consists of a set of feasibility studies, technical concepts, technical trials and pilot deployments of vessels and terminals. It is a multi-partner application of 33 companies and organisations from 12 EU Member States. It aims to provide a platform for key public and private stakeholders, facilitating parallel development of the necessary regulatory framework for LNG as vessel fuel and cargo. It will also deliver initial deployment in terminal and vessel infrastructure. TEN-T funding in the amount of €40,260,000 has been recommended, covering 50% of the project's total costs.

7. Study to test the potential of Bio-LNG to contribute to European renewable energy targets based on a pilot refuelling and storage network trialled with HGV fleet operators in the UK (2012-UK-26061-S)

The Action, proposed by NGVA Europe member Gasrec, aims at addressing the three main barriers to the development of alternative fuels: the lack of infrastructure, the lack of vehicles at competitive prices, and the low consumer demand. Studies will be undertaken including a pilot component to test the use of Bio-LNG in a live trial with HGV operators using a pilot network of open access storage and refuelling terminals serving priority axes in the UK. The main outcome of the study will be a business model and a roadmap for deployment of bio-LNG across the TEN-T network throughout Europe. The project activities include a pilot of five refuelling stations and mobile infrastructure. TEN-T funding in the amount of €5,743,000 has been recommended, covering 35% of the project's total costs.

Source: NVGA Europe

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