European ports sceptical of EU LNG proposal

The European Commission has presented its proposal to the establishment and expansion of an EU LNG infrastructure. 139 ports have been identified as frontrunners. However, the European Sea Ports Organisation thinks the EU has handled the situation the wrong way.

Photo: AP Photo, Yves Logghe

The European Commission has chosen 139 concrete European ports which will all have LNG bunker facilities making Liquefied Natural Gas a realistic alternative for heavy fuel within a decade.

So it says in a proposal presented Thursday in Brussels by the European Commission Vice-President and Commissioner for Transportation, Siim Kallas, in which the EU presents plans to establish a European LNG network within 2025. The resources for the LNG facilities may be applied for by the ports or other players through the EU TEN-T programme, which is the overall European programme for the pinpointing of which ports, railroads and roads are especially important. More than EUR two billion has been allocated for the LNG network.

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