MEUSAC, within the Ministry for European Affairs and Equality, together with the Ministry for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects, and the Energy & Water Agency organised an information session on Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) for Shipping.
The need to reduce the environmental impacts of ocean shipping and vessels reinforced by IMO standards and the EU Directive on Alternative Fuels has shifted the attention to the use of LNG. In fact, LNG powered vessels have been increasing in recent years creating a need for supplying and bunkering LNG to such vessels. As a result, ports across the globe have been investing heavily in LNG bunkering. In the Mediterranean this is already supplied in five ports in France and Spain. In this context in 2017, the Maltese Government, through the Energy and Water Agency, commissioned a study, CEF Synergy Action 2016-MT-SA-0005: Technical Study and Cost-Benefit Analysis for the Development of LNG as a Marine Fuel in Malta in order to assess the possible options and costs involved in ensuring that Malta also supplies LNG for shipping.
This information session served as an opportunity for the Energy and Water Agency to present its findings and was then followed by a discussion with the various stakeholders on the possible future scenarios. It was held on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at the Valletta LEAP Centre.