The Linde Group and the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) have agreed to advance the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the port of Hamburg.

A memorandum of understanding was signed in the city itself, with the aim being to prepare a comprehensive feasibility study to assess if the use of LNG in the port of Hamburg is economically viable.

First results are expected by mid 2012, with the two organisations seeking to promote LNG as an alternative fuel for ships and other applications, such as trucks.

On the basis of the findings of the study, concrete infrastructure projects such as the construction of an LNG terminal in the port of Hamburg can be initiated.

“In view of the stricter environmental standards, there is a continuously rising demand for LNG solutions in the transport industry”

Dr Andreas Opfermann

“Sustainability has become a crucial factor in any industry sector. Linde has not only recognised these signs, but the company is also prepared to assume responsibility. Hamburg will certainly benefit from such expertise in the long term,” said Hamburg’s Minister for Economic and Labour Affairs, Frank Horch.

Dr Andreas Opfermann, Head of Clean Energy and Innovation Management at The Linde Group, added, “Emissions from burning natural gas are substantially lower than those caused by diesel or heavy-fuel oils. In view of the stricter environmental standards, there is a continuously rising demand for LNG solutions in the transport industry.”

Linde has many years of experience when it comes to LNG as a fuel, largely through its Scandinavian subsidiary Cryo AB.

As early as 1999, Cryo AB supplied the world’s first LNG-powered ferry, including the necessary storage systems.

Until today, Cryo AB has equipped almost 40 ships in Scandinavia. The LNG supply is ensured through LNG production plants and terminals operated by Linde.