South Africa’s Transnet National Port Authority has granted a license to Delta Natural Gas (DNG) Energy to begin liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering at the Port of Coega in the Eastern Cape.
The license will allow DNG to moor its floating storage unit in Algoa Bay – the first in Africa – which will enable DNG to provide offshore and onshore logistics with ship-to-ship transfers in 2021.
“South Africa is right bang in the middle of the world,” said Aldworth Mbalati, Group CEO of DNG. “It’s the second busiest shipping route in the world and LNG will play a major role in decarbonizing the maritime industry.”
A range of shipping fleets are ready, and more are said to be on the way. The next steps of the project include completing terminal infrastructure at Algoa Bay and finalizing delivery of the storage and bunkering equipment.
Additionally, under the new license, DNG Energy will be able to respond to environmental, legislative and business needs for the South African and the international LNG fuel markets. The project will secure energy for various industries and households, while also creating local jobs and developing skills.