September 20, 2023 [Marine Insights]- A new LNG-operated floating storage regasification unit (FSRU) reached western France this Monday, a TotalEnergies spokesperson informed, as Greenpeace tried preventing it from entering the port.
Demands for LNG in Europe have remarkably grown after the ongoing war in Ukraine. France depends on the four LNG terminals to replace Russia’s gas imports and help supply to neighbours like Germany.
The Cape Ann oil tanker with the new FSRU reached Le Havre port on Monday, per LSEG tracking data.
However, a press release said Greenpeace blocked the course of the tanker in protests at what they refer to as a contradiction between this new terminal and a government pledge in 2022 to make France the first-ever major country to phase out its fossil fuel use.
The terminal mustn’t be commissioned, and the country’s government must also abandon the new fossil infrastructural assignments and plans of extending the existing infrastructure, explained Helene Bourges, the head of the fossil fuel campaign headed by Greenpeace France.
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