Facilitating LNG application in landlocked Europe: An overview of potentials and challenges

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The importance of natural gas as primary energy carrier is constantly increasing. The usage of LNG as fuel for marine and inland navigation and as road fuel is very promising. The results of the evaluation of LNG potential in landlocked regions of Europe (Austria was taken as an example) are presented. This potential could be exploited by distributing LNG along the Rhine-Main-Danube axis to Central Europe as LNG is ideally suited for being transported by vessel. The ecological benefits are apparent as LNG is able to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions because it causes about 20% less CO2, 80-90% less NOx, and almost zero particulate matter and SOx. Economic advantages include the diversification of the energy mix which leads to a reduction of the gas monopoly power. The companies in Austria mainly showed dedicated interest for LNG as an alternative fueling option. This is an abstract of a paper presented at the International Gas Union Research Conference (Copenhagen, Denmark 9/17-19/2014).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)810-819
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Gas Research Conference Proceedings
Issue numberJanuary
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventInternational Gas Union Research Conference 2014 - Kopenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 17 Sept 201419 Sept 2014


  • Alternative fuels
  • Central Europe
  • Emissions reduction
  • LNG


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