Cheaper fuel plan for re­mote re­gions

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A PROJECT to bring cheaper fuel to fish farms and other busi­nesses in re­mote re­gions is seek­ing the go-ahead from the Scot­tish gov­ern­ment.

Ar­eas of Scot­land and the north of Eng­land not served by the ex­ist­ing nat­u­ral-gas grid stand to ben­e­fit from the ini­tia­tive, which will sup­ply liq­ue­fied nat­u­ral gas (LNG) di­rectly from Rosyth.

The LNG will be shipped by Stolt-Nielsen via small-scale LNG car­ri­ers and stored in bulk at the port, in Dun­fermline, be­fore be­ing dis­trib­uted by Flo­gas road tankers to fish farms and fish pro­cess­ing plants.

At present, re­mote re­gions’ off-grid nat­u­ral gas is de­liv­ered by road tanker from Kent in south east Eng­land.The costs associated with the long dis­tances are high, forc­ing many off-grid fish­eries and pro­cess­ing plants to use oil or pay a pre­mium for gas.

With a target com­ple­tion date set for 2019, the scheme will de­liver LNG more cost ef­fec­tively, and help cut car­bon emis­sions as users switch to the more en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly fuel.

Flo­gas’ head of sales Rob McCord said: ‘Of­ten lo­cated in off grid lo­ca­tions, fish­eries and fish pro­cess­ing plants will be among the big­gest ben­e­fi­cia­ries of this unique project. Not only will it help re­duce en­ergy costs, but it will also help cut car­bon emis­sions.

‘We’re work­ing on ob­tain­ing per­mits at the mo­ment and once we have them con­struc­tion will be­gin. Flo­gas al­ready sup­plies gas to many off-grid busi­nesses in Scot­land, and the in­ter­est we have from po­ten­tial new cus­tomers is huge.

‘The de­mand is cer­tainly there.We now need to work with the Scot­tish gov­ern­ment and our other stake­hold­ers to bring the project to life.’

Above: Re­duc­ing en­ergy costs in re­mote re­gions

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