03-05-2016 The website SafeLNG.nl was launched on 26 April 2016. This happened during the signing of the declaration of intent for the follow-up agreement of the 'Green Deal LNG' by Anita van den Ende (director Climate, Air and Noise of the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment) and Ger van Tongeren (chairman of the National LNG Platform) at the ’Innovative Transport Fuels in Movement’ event. The website SafeLNG.nl includes the results of the Dutch LNG Safety Program that was carried out in the period 2014 and 2015.
The Dutch LNG Safety Program was an initiative of the National LNG Platform in cooperation with TNO, NEN, Vopak, Gasunie, Shell, Engie, Rolande, RIVM and the Dutch government and was endorsed by signing the 'Safety Deal LNG'. Experts from industry, research institutes, government and emergency response closely cooperated together in this program with the objective to produce the required knowledge about LNG and safety. The information obtained will be used to further develop legislation, policy, standards and guidelines for the safe application of LNG as transportation fuel in the Netherlands. This information is also of added value for emergency services in responding to incidents with LNG.
By launching the website SafeLNG.nl, which is mainly in the English language, the results are not only available for the parties involved in the Dutch LNG Safety Program, but also for other interested parties in the Netherlands and beyond. Sharing the information also intends preventing duplication of research in the field of LNG safety.
LNG is cleaner than conventional transportation fuels and engines fuelled by LNG are in addition more quiet. For these reasons, LNG is considered an important fuel for heavy duty vehicles and ships in the transition to sustainable fuels. This is also recognized by the European Commission that issued a Directive in 2014 in which European members states are obliged to deploy a nationwide network of LNG filling points. An important prerequisite for the introduction of LNG at large scale is that this should happen in a safe manner. The Dutch LNG Safety Program has significantly contribute to this prerequisite.
NEN was responsible for the project management of the Dutch LNG Safety Program. Contact Paula Bohlander, program manager, phone +31 15 2 690 117 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information about this program. Contact Jarno Dakhorst, consultant Energy, phone +31 15 2 690 245 or e-mail email@example.com, for more information about LNG standards and standardization.