SLNG performs first small LNG reload
Singapore LNG Corporation (SLNG) has undertaken its first small-scale Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) gas-up/cool-down and reload at its terminal on Jurong Island.
The operation was carried out at the terminal’s secondary jetty for the newly built, 6,500m3 LNG bunker vessel Cardissa, owned by Shell.
John Ng, CEO of SLNG, said: “The successful completion of our first small scale LNG reload operation is significant as it demonstrates the SLNG Terminal’s ability to play the role of LNG supply hub for the region.
“The Terminal is able to break LNG cargoes into smaller parcels and facilitate deliveries of small volumes of LNG to other terminals in the region, or as bunker fuel to ships in our port.
“We are already looking ahead to further enhance our capabilities in this area, by exploring possible modifications to our Secondary Jetty to accommodate LNG vessels as small as 2,000m3. This is expected to come onstream in 2019.”
SLNG’s terminal is located outside Jurong Port territory on the island, which is managed by JTC Corporation. The second jetty within the terminal was designed to accommodate LNG vessels from 60,000m3 to 265,000m3 and prior to the operation, the smallest LNG carrier that had called at the SLNG Terminal for unloading or reloading was about 65,000m3.
Compatibility assessments were carried out prior to the reload to determine whether the vessel’s equipment would be able to connect with the equipment at the secondary jetty and the required marine conditions for the vessel to safely dock at the vessel.
SLNG’s terminal services include the berthing of LNG carriers, unloading LNG cargo into storage tanks and regasifying LNG and sending it out into the Singapore gas network pipelines, primarily for power generation use. More than 95% of the electricity in Singapore is generated using natural gas and the terminal provides about 25% of this gas.
The company has previously built a LNG truck loading facility to help develop the LNG trucking business in Singapore, and which also aims to help facilitate truck-to-ship LNG bunkering. The facility allows small quantities of LNG to be transported overland to locations including industrial plants which could use natural gas for furnaces and burners but are not connected to the gas pipeline network, and locations in the port from where LNG may be delivered to ships for use as fuel.