Commercial LNG bunkering kicks off in Singapore
The first commercial LNG bunker transfer in Singapore has taken place with the completion of truck-to-ship bunkering for a Floating Liquefaction (FLNG) vessel.
FueLNG, a joint venture between Keppel and Shell Eastern Petroleum (Pte) Ltd (Shell), performed the bunker transfer to the FLNG Hilli Episeyo in batches in accordance with the Singapore Chemical Industry Council (SCIC) Technical Reference for LNG Bunkering (TR 56).
"This successful operation by FueLNG attests to Singapore's ability to provide safe, efficient and reliable LNG bunkering in the port,” said Andrew Tan, chief executive of Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).
“We will continue to work closely with our stakeholders to develop our capabilities in preparation for a larger uptake of LNG bunkering in the future."
The operation marks the first LNG trucking operation for FueLNG, following the facilitation of Singapore LNG's (SLNG) successful gas-up/cool-down and reload operation at its Jurong Island terminal in June 2017.
To promote Singapore as an LNG bunker-ready port, the MPA commenced its LNG bunkering pilot programme (LBPP) early this year. Under the LBPP, the MPA has provided various companies with grants of up to S$2 million per LNG-powered vessel constructed.
FueLNG meanwhile said it is committed to building the LNG bunkering industry in Singapore and is working with relevant local authorities to provide safe truck and vessel bunkering solutions.
The venture has also secured contracts from Keppel Smit Towage and Maju Maritime to provide LNG bunkering services for two dual-fuel LNG harbour tugs. These contracts will commence in 2018 when construction of the tugs is completed.
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