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    ESG press statement re Ship to Ship Transfer of LNG – update
    Given that a ship to ship LNG transfer, has taken place in Gibraltar, for the first time ever on Friday the 20th March, the ESG reiterates its call for Government to confirm that the right conditions are in place for this activity to be carried out.
    The public need a response from GoG stating if there is the necessary safety regulation and enforcement and expertise locally, to carry this out safely, together with the necessary emergency protocols and capabilities.



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    ESG calls for clarification on STS LNG Transfers 20-03-15

    The ESG draws attention to on-going LNG discussions in Gibraltar with concerns made to the group today of a potential ship to ship LNG transfer to be permitted by the Gibraltar Port Authority from vessels presently in the Bay.

    While the group understands this particular transfer will not be carried out until the right weather conditions are in place, this activity nevertheless raises questions that the group believes need to be answered by the authorities.

    •  Does Gibraltar have the necessary equipment and expertise to respond to an accident emanating from a ship-to-ship LNG transfer, however remote the possibility?
    •  What are the minimum safety procedures required by the Gibraltar Port Authority in this situation and is there a relevant safety compliance certificate issued and by whom?
    •  If, as has been advised to the group on its enquiries, the emptied LNG vessel is to be dry-docked, can the authorities confirm that this will be in Gibraltar and can assurances be given publicly that this does not pose any safety risks.

    GBC Viewpoint on LNG and Gibraltar – ESG joins the debate

    On this weeks Viewpoint programme, a local weekly television programme that discusses current affairs in more depth, the ESG joined the Minister and Shadow Minister for the Environment to discuss the issue of LNG ( Liquid Natural Gas) as a suitable fuel for Gibraltar.

    The programme is available online and can be found here:-




    The ESG attempted  to convey its position that:-

    • completion of a new power station is paramount –
    • a bold renewable energy programme needs to run parallel to reduce output from new power station incrementally as green energy takes hold –
    • that while there could be gains from LNG, that efficiency, by way of turbines over pistons,  energy recovery, and post combustion treatment of both diesel and gas emissions makes them both compliant
    • storage of gas is an issue – location – volume – and specifications should be published
    • supply of gas is an issue
    • concerned that bringing in LNG is further delaying the completion of this critical project
    • nurturing LNG bunkering from Gibraltar would not be supported by the group
    • reports/studies/assessments on all technical aspects of fuel choice must be released, ideally via a public meeting and presented  by experts advising Government to give full opportunity for informed debate
    • Government’s Renewable Energy Strategy should also be presented at this public meeting
    • this is too important to be a political hot potato

    these and other issues surrounding economic factors and safety were discussed at length in the programme. Check it out!

    The debate starts here!

    Government respond to ESG LNG call 06/03/15




    No. 145/2015
    Date: 6th March 2015

    Government Addresses Environmental Safety Group’s Concerns

    Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar notes the views expressed by the Environmental Safety Group regarding the storage of Liquid Natural Gas in Gibraltar. The Government takes this opportunity to reiterate that the necessary copious studies and assessments regarding the proposed facilities are underway and that there will be a full public consultation upon their completion.

    This public consultation will involve our already-named experts, including the UK Health and Safety Laboratory Group Limited, who will brief the public on the investigations and work taken so far and will propose their preferred site for the installations. At that time, members of the public, including of course the ESG, will be invited to ask questions, to comment and voice any remaining concerns.

    The Government echoes the ESG’s position that the priority is to move towards completion of the new facilities, but only after due diligence has been ensured, the Environmental Impact Assessment processes have been completed to international standards, and all the necessary health and safety considerations have been properly addressed.

    Chief Minister, the Hon Fabian Picardo QC said, ‘The Government welcomes the ESG’s interest and is happy to confirm that it will offer all possible public consultation when the appropriate assessments have been completed.’

    ESG on LNG and Power Stations March 6th 2015

    ESG Press Release – ESG and LNG

    6th March 2015

    The ESG is once again being contacted by its members, and the public alike, to make plain our position on the question of Liquid Natural Gas, (LNG), which is being considered as part of the dual fuel system for the new power station; and particularly, on the question of storage of LNG in Gibraltar.

     The group would like to refer readers to a statement it issued back in May 2013, (see attached) and (http://www.esg-gib.net/esg-on-new-power-station-for-gibraltar/), where we spelt out our preferred technology and commented on the decision on fuel choice and location with the available information provided, such as it was.

    Due to public interest and concerns we would like to make our case once again. Our group has campaigned vociferously for a new power station. No one can argue that this is long overdue, nor that the impact from existing power plants is intolerable and that therefore action must be taken to resolve this asap.

    The North Mole location was not our first choice but we considered it to be at a greater distance from residential areas to those currently servicing Gibraltar’s electricity needs. The tender specs calling for best available technology, and highest environmental standards, also met with our clear support. However, we did not give this support unreservedly and outlined what we considered these ought to be in our May 2013 statement.

    Although the ESG has taken up the issue of LNG supply with the Ministry for the Environment at several meetings, we were still under the impression that the copious studies and assessments would be made available and that there would be time for full public consultation via the EIA process to assess these fully. As a group we have reserved our position to comment on this until such details have been made available.

    We have urged for fuel storage at the North Mole to be diesel over gas, due to the proximity to other industrial activity and residential areas. We have understood that plans were developing to create LNG storage at the Detached Mole to service the Power Station but that, this in itself, was causing problems to other Port users.

    This situation is evolving constantly, with the picture changing slightly at each page turned. The ESG has called upon Government to hold a public meeting with all technical experts and advisers present to deliver a presentation on precisely what is being planned, and to allow a question and answer session from the floor to address all legitimate concerns from the public.

     This is the biggest project Gibraltar faces right now and focus and priority need to be given for the right decision to be taken, and for completion to be the outcome.

     Time is ticking, we are now two years on from our last statement and we are very keen for this essential project not to be delayed any further than is absolutely necessary.


    ESG PRESS RELEASE in May 2013 outlining the groups position regarding technology of choice

    New Power Station – May 2013

    For the sake of clarity, and because we are being approached by members of the community with questions regarding our support of Governments new power station plans, we feel its important to state our position clearly. Although Government has already provided considerable detail via the tender process of the technology choices it favours for the new generating station, the specifics are not yet known. These will be fully understood once the tender has been awarded and an EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment) is carried out.

    In broad terms we favour the decision by Government to construct a state of the art, environmentally friendly station based on best practice and best available technology and this is what we are supporting. There are a number of variables not yet known that could influence the environmental performance criteria: this includes piston engines, combustion gas turbines, or steam turbines via a boiler heated by gas.

    The ESG has proposed that combustion turbines with heat recovery from high temperature exhaust for desalination would be our preferred option and this has been submitted at meetings with Government. Combustion turbines are currently being used at the site with very clean exhaust emissions. This would make our new power station a “combined cycle power station” giving us electricity and virtually free desalinated water. The added benefit of this would be a further reduction of Gibraltar’s electricity demand, which at present is very high, due to electrically run “Reverse Osmosis” plants.

    This system would increase the efficiency of our power station dramatically as we would be extracting much more energy from the fuel used to produce electricity and water with the same fuel consumption used by the power station itself.

    The location by the sea would be ideal for this set up. However there have been concerns raised about the location. Our preferred locations have been Lathbury or the old incinerator site due to pollution dispersal and distance from residential areas. However these were discarded due to cost and the proposed location is the next best available site. If best available technology is used with combustion turbines and urea scrubbers to remove NOx emissions, in proper acoustic enclosures, in a suitably sound proofed building, with flash desalination plant being run from the turbine exhaust, we could then get a very good and cost effective power station that is quiet and clean to operate. A massive improvement and a world apart to what we have at present.

    If we get a piston engine power station with no scrubbers or inadequate soundproofing then we would have a power station, which is better than what we have now, but not as good as we could have had and an opportunity lost. From our discussions with Government this is not a likely scenario.

    Our proposal will be that since the storage of gas is for emergency operation only and dual fuel engines are being requested that emergency storage should be for diesel and not for gas. Diesel storage is much safer and already happens in Gibraltar at our present power stations.

    Another point that needs to be raised is that Government needs to prevent any further development of residential areas near the proposed plant site; otherwise we will end up with the same situation as at present with power stations surrounded by residential areas.

    In our last press release we also urged Government to run a parallel renewable energy programme to ensure that it meets its carbon neutral target as soon as possible. The ESG hopes to have clarified some issues, which have been raised with the group, and invites members of the public to send us any questions or concerns to our email at esg@gibtelecom.net. Our technical advisers will be happy to give our position on what is after all, a major project for our community.

    ESG 2015 Wish List

    Check out our new WISH LIST – updated and carrying our views on ALL matters environmental in Gibraltar!


    Posted on our Home Page simply click on any heading and you will go straight to the full, comprehensive document showing our 2011 original wishes and how they have been handled since then with a 2014 review.

    The document then carries a 2015, up to the minute update which we hope readers and members will find of great interest.