Connecting Europe Facility (CEF)
The CEF finances projects filling the missing links in Europe's energy, fields of transport and digital services. In addition, the goal of CEF is to make the economy of Europe "more green" while promoting more ecological transport modes and extremely high speed broadband internet connection and facilitating the use of renewable energy resources pursuant to provisions of the strategy" Europe 2020"
Klaipeda State Seaport Authority is engaged in activities under project „Blue Baltics – LNG infrastructure facility deployment in the Baltic Sea region“ co-financed by CEF.
Blue Baltics – LNG infrastructure facility deployment in the Baltic Sea region
On 26 October 2016 European Commission has awarded Project „Blue Baltics – LNG infrastructure facility deployment in the Baltic Sea region“ with 15 million euro grant from Connecting Europe Facility fund.
The main objective of the Project is the development of infrastructure that enables LNG as fuel for maritime and road transport in the Baltic Sea region. The project contributes to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the maritime transport sector.
Project is carried out by partners from Lithuania, Sweden and Estonia. The leading partner is SC “Klaipėdos nafta”.
The Blue Baltics project integrates the investment in the LNG infrastructure and mobile equipment installation intended for the supply of LNG as fuel to marine and road transport in Lithuania, Sweden and Estonia. The activities schedule is planned up to the end of 2020.
The grant allocated to Klaipėda State Seaport Authority SE (KSSA) amounts to 1.4 million euro and will be used to co-finance reconstruction the jetty and will serve as foundation for LNG bunkering activities. Jetty reconstruction contract was signed on 07 Aug 2019.
Part of the funds was allocated to a small scale LNG bunkering vessel named KAIROS that is owned by partner from Germany – Uranos Vermögensverwaltungs GMBH & CO. KG. The KN distribution station and small scale LNG bunkering vessel will provide solutions for the transhipment of LNG from vessel to vessel, from shore to vessel, from the shore to LNG trucks, and from mobile LNG tankers to the vessel.
Deployment of project goals will contribute to sustainable growth of Klaipėda port. Investment in the infrastructure for alternative fuel (liquefied natural gas) supply to marine and road transport will create conditions to introduce new services to the market that contribute to strategy Europa 2020 implementation and result in a positive environmental impact by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.