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    Belgian Fluxys to add truck-loading bays at Zeebrugge


Demand will soon exceed supply unless more capacity is added.

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Belgian Fluxys to add truck-loading bays at Zeebrugge

Belgian terminal operator Fluxys is to build four bays for loading trucks at its Zeebrugge LNG terminal in order to meet growing demand following last year's open season, it said May 20. The aim is to continue supporting the freight transport sector in its switch to liquefied natural gas (LNG) as well as liquefied biogas.

With demand soaring for LNG as a low-emission fuel, the use of the existing truck loading bays at the Zeebrugge LNG terminal is gradually rising to maximum capacity, it said. From around 1,450 loadings in 2017, the rate for this year is estimated to rise towards 6,000 loadings, close to the ceiling of 8,000.

The call for market interest in truck loading slots at the Zeebrugge LNG terminal held last summer showed strong demand for booking substantially more slots in the future. The plan is to have them operational by 2024.

Zeebrugge LNG is the first terminal in Europe to be officially certified to make bio-LNG available. Bio-LNG is carbon-neutral and opens up the prospect for both freight transport companies and ship owners to take the step towards full decarbonisation. A market consultation will be held this summer with a view to establish a regulated bio-LNG service, it said.

LNG trailers mainly load LNG at the Zeebrugge terminal to supply the rising number of fuelling stations servicing LNG-powered trucks. But some are used for bunkering and others to deliver LNG to off-grid plants. Another option is loading LNG containers for onward transport by train or ship.