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BiMEP and TECNALIA strengthen their alliance

Both entities will work together in the certification of offshore renewable technologies • The ultimate goal is to provide advanced solutions to accelerate the deployment of offshore renewable energies • It is a step forward in the positioning of the Basque Country as a development hub for these technologies • The joint collaboration is focused on the standardization and certification of tests of wave energy converters, floating wind turbines and other offshore energy technologies



Bilbao Port: "Oizmendi" completes first pilot LNG bunkering (ship-to-ship loading) operation in the Atlantic Arc and Mediterranean

  • The "Oizmendi" (formerly the Monte Arucas) has been adapted to supply liquefied natural gas (LNG) to ships by ITSAS GAS, a company joint-owned by Ente Vasco de la Energía (49%), Naviera Murueta (25.5%) and Grupo Financiero Ibaizabal (25.5%).
  • The initiative forms part of the European Commission's Core LNGas Hive project to promote natural gas in the shipping industry, in which Bilbao Port Authority is also involved. The commission is providing €4.5 million in funding for projects to extend LNG use in the Basque Country.
  • Natural gas is a cleaner alternative for powering sea transport, where fuel oil and diesel currently predominate.
  • The number of vessels fuelled by LNG is growing by around 20% per year, marking an opportunity for Basque shipyards developing their own technology. This is also a chance to promote the Basque route as an option with capacity to refuel these more efficient ships.
  • 23/01/2018



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