Port of Helsingborg
The port of Helsingborg, situated in the south-western part of Sweden, just by the entrance to the Baltic Sea has a strategic location in terms of the LNG deployment. Authorities of the port possess sound experience in the LNG market development and consistently develop projects facilitating the use of LNG as a fuel for vessels as well as bunkering infrastructure.
Strategic location of the port of Helsingborg refers to the vicinity of the ports of Copenhagen/Malmoe, Aarhus, Rostock/Lubeck, which are important logistic centers serving significant maritime traffic and providing services for transport sector as well as offshore wind energy sector.
The port is the second-largest container port in Sweden, handling over 300,000 TEU per year. The port is also one of the leading ro-ro & ferry ports with more than 11 million passengers annually travelling by ferry between Sweden and Denmark. Since 2001, Helsingborg has been one of the Swedish ports earmarked as being of national strategic importance by the Swedish Maritime Administration. Helsingborg also has a good strategic position as an LNG intermediary terminal. In addition to the shipping segment, the terminal can also be used to distribute LNG to other market segments, like heavy trucks and industry. About 3 million heavy trucks pass through the port each year and the market for alternatively fuelled heavy trucks (LBG/ LNG) is starting to grow in Sweden. Additionally, 50,000 ships pass through the Danish Straits within an area that can be covered by a bunker vessel stationed in the Helsingborg area.
Port authorities consistently develop the port’s position at the Baltic Sea LNG market. Investment plans to be implemented within the HEKLA project framework, constitute the practical result of the set of preparatory activities and studies conducted within previous project, called the LNG in the Baltic Sea Ports, coordinated by the Helsingborg’s port authorities. The project implemented within the TEN-T Programme, supported preparation of advanced localization studies, which facilitated selection of the relevant location and technical parameters of the planned infrastructure.