Hub of alternative energies
The Port of Antwerp has chosen ENGIE to serve as concessionaire and commercial operator for 30 years in connection with the creation of a new concept, namely a platform of alternative energies for mobility and transport at the Port of Antwerp.
The project is a collaboration between several ENGIE Group subsidiaries. ENGIE LNG Solutions, the holder of the concession, will be responsible for the commercial operation, while the construction, maintenance and management will be entrusted to ENGIE Fabricom and ENGIE Cofely. This is a zero emission facility thanks to the boil-off optimisation process. The first phase of the infrastructure will be operational in late 2017.
A consortium comprising various companies was set up for the purposes of this project. The partners (ENGIE LNG Solutions, Antwerp Port Authority, Anglo Belgian Corporation (ABC), Somers NV, Fockedey Truck S.A., the Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research (ILVO), Vlaams LNG Platform and Laurentia Rijn BV/ Danser Group BV) want to work towards securing the sustainability of the mobility sector and to contribute to the energy transition.
Discover the hub in pictures.
The components of the alternative energy platform
The hub will comprise multiple components:
- A shore-to-ship LNG station for inland navigation
- An LNG and CNG station for road transport
- Charging terminals for electric vehicles
A shore-to-ship LNG bunkering station for inland navigation
The LNG bunkering station will consist of a separate unit with the necessary permanent LNG storage capacity and a flexible bunkering arm. Depending on the volume and size of the connection to the vessel’s LNG fuel tank, one or more pumps may be used for bunkering. An LNG supply vessel used to fill the LNG tank will be connected to the same connection.
LNG and CNG station for road transport
The site will also house an LNG and CNG station for trucks, buses and cars. The LNG and CNG station will also have a permanent storage tank. CNG will be produced at the site itself using the LNG storage tank via the boil-off process (see below). An island with two LNG supply columns is planned for trucks, as is an island with two CNG supply columns for trucks, buses and cars. The site will also be equipped with diesel pumps to meet the fuelling needs of bi-fuel trucks.
Charging terminals for electric vehicles
The site will house quick charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. The electricity for this part of the facility will be generated by the gas boil-off system. The gas created when LNG is heated will be used to fuel a generator that will generate electricity for the charging terminals.
Zero emission facility
When LNG (-169°C) is stored and not used, it begins to heat up under the ambient heat. LNG becomes gaseous and vaporises (boil-off gas). With a view to controlling the build-up of pressure in the tank, the boil-off gas can be used as a fuel to generate electricity to supply the electric terminals or can be injected into the network. If there is no demand for electricity, the gas can be cooled again, returning to its liquid state, and is returned to the LNG tank to be reused. Lastly, LNG can also efficiently be transformed into CNG. The entire optimisation process ensures that nothing is emitted into the atmosphere.