The Baltic Sea may become a pilot area to use LNG as bunker fuel in Europe. This opinion was expressed by the Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg at the Baltic Sea Forum in St. Petersburg, IAA PortNews journalist reports.
According to the head of the Norwegian Government, LNG is the optimal alternative to conventional bunker fuels as it will let to solve the problem of sulphur content in marine fuel, to reduce the content of nitrogen oxides in emissions by 90% and decrease carbon dioxide emissions by 20%.
“Norway is going to conduct research in the sphere of LNG fuels and introduce corresponding technologies,” – Jens Stoltenberg said.
He says it is a mistake to choose between the environment protection and the economic development as the first one facilitates the second one. As an example, he reminded about the policy of Norway in the Barents and North Seas where tough environmental policy resulted in increased fish catch which had a positive economic effect.
Norway is presently the country with the most developed infrastructure of LNG terminals. Pros and cons of LNG as marine fuel are covered by the new edition of «Port Service. Bunkering Market» (2012).