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    Carbon-free LNG powers Spanish ferry

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The ferry made the crossing between Menorca and Barcelona [image credit: Axpo]

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Carbon-free LNG powers Spanish ferry

Swiss utility Axpo has supplied carbon-free LNG to Spanish ferry operator Balearia for a high-speed crossing, it said June 3 – the first such crossing to be so fuelled. The Eleanor Roosevelt travelled the 133 nautical miles between Barcelona and Ciutadella in Menorca using renewable biomethane certified by Axpo Iberia. 

The use of liquefied climate-friendly biomethane avoided the emission of more than 50 metric tons of CO2.

Axpo Iberia's head Ignacio Soneira said: "The enormous challenges of achieving a carbon-free world demand the use of all the means at our disposal. This includes using energy produced from waste converted into biomethane."

Balearia boss Adolfo Utor said his company was "counting on biomethane being available in sufficient quantities and affordable in the future to enable us to use this renewable fuel." The Eleanor Roosevelt is the first fast ferry in the world powered by natural gas hybrid engines.

In 2015, Axpo Iberia was the first energy company in Spain to market biomethane and last year it signed the first long-term biomethane sales contract on the Iberian Peninsula, replacing more than 25 GWh of fossil natural gas/yr. In the shipping sector, Axpo Iberia is also an established supplier of LNG.