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Egypt: General Authority of SCZone signs MOU for French green fuel bunkering project

MOU with EDF Renewables and Zero-Weste Egypt Alliance will start production capacity of 140,000 mt for ship bunkering purposes, says SCZone Chairman.

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The General Authority of Suez Canal Economic Zone (SCZone) on Wednesday (20 April) said it has signed  a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Sovereign Fund of Egypt, the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company, the Authority of New and Renewable Energy, and EDF Renewables and Zero-Weste Egypt Alliance. 

The aim of the MOU is to establish, amongst others, a project to produce green fuel and green ammonia in Sokhna, Egypt for the shipping sector.

“Signing the memorandum of understanding with the French company EDF Renewables and Zero-Weste Egypt Alliance aims to establish a project to produce 350,000 tons of green fuel annually in the Sokhna area through two phases, with investments of $3 billion,” said Chairman of SCZone, Eng. Yehia Zaki. 

“The work will begin in the first phase with a production capacity of 140,000 tons for ship bunkering purposes. The commercial operation will take place in the first quarter of 2026”.

The French company EDF Renewables is a subsidiary of the EDF Group owned by the French government 84%. It is one of the world’s leading companies in the field of renewable energy, as it develops, builds, and operates clean energy plants in more than 22 countries based on wind and solar energy. 

Another MOU was also signed the same day between the Egyptian government parties and AMEA Power UAE, which is affiliated with Al Nowais Group, with the same aim. 

The Emirati Al Nowais Group is an investment company that undertakes work on mega projects and implements them according to sustainable development plans, especially projects related to the energy and infrastructure sectors.

“The second memorandum of understanding with EMEA Power, a subsidiary of the Emirati Al Nowais Group, aims to produce green ammonia and hydrogen in Sokhna, with a production capacity of 240,000 tons annually in the first phase of the project,” said Yehia Zaki. 

“The Egyptian state, under the leadership of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, is keen to sign more projects that support the transition to a green economy,” said Egyptian prime minister, Dr. Mostafa Madbould, who witnessed both MOU signing ceremonies. 

“The signing with EDF Renewables and Zero-Weste Egy Alliance, and AMEA Power UAE is a part of several partnerships undertaken by the Egyptian state in this framework. Every effort in this regard is consistent with Egypt’s enormous capabilities to produce green hydrogen and green ammonia.”

SCZone earlier signed another MOU with Maersk to establish a project for providing clean energy and green fuels to achieve zero carbon emissions in shipping, as Maersk is equipping 12 ships to work with green hydrogen.

Related: Maersk explores Egypt to accelerate hydrogen and green marine fuel production

 

Photo credit: Suez Canal Economic Zone
Published: 21 April, 2022

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Ammonia

Singapore: EMA, MPA shortlist two consortia for ammonia power generation and bunkering

Chosen consortia are Keppel’s Infrastructure Division and Sembcorp-SLNG, and the bunkering players in these consortia are Itochu Corporation, NYK Line and Sumitomo Corporation.

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The Energy Market Authority (EMA) and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on Thursday (25 July) said they have shortlisted two consortia that will proceed to the next round of evaluations of proposals to provide a low- or zero-carbon ammonia solution on Jurong Island for power generation and bunkering. 

The two consortia were selected from a total of six that were earlier shortlisted in 2023 to participate in a restricted Request for Proposal (RFP), following an Expression of Interest (EOI) called in 2022. The bids were assessed based on the technical, safety and commercial aspects of their proposals. 

The two consortium leads are Keppel’s Infrastructure Division and Sembcorp-SLNG, and the bunkering players in these consortia are Itochu Corporation, Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) and Sumitomo Corporation. The two consortia will proceed to conduct engineering, safety and emergency response studies for the proposed Project.

At the next phase, we will select one of the two bidders as the lead developer of the project. The lead developer will develop the end-to-end ammonia solution comprising (i) generating 55 to 65 MW of electricity from imported low- or zero-carbon ammonia via direct combustion in a Combined Cycle Gas Turbine; and (ii) facilitating ammonia bunkering at a capacity of at least 0.1 million tons per annum (MTPA), starting with shore-to-ship bunkering followed by ship-to-ship bunkering. 

Given the nascency of the technology and global supply chains, the Government will work closely with the appointed lead developer to implement the Project. We aim to announce the lead developer by Q1 2025.

The project is part of Singapore’s National Hydrogen Strategy launched in 2022, which outlines Singapore’s approach to develop low-carbon hydrogen as a major decarbonisation pathway as part of the nation’s commitment to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

A key thrust of this strategy is to experiment with the use of advanced hydrogen technologies that are on the cusp of commercial readiness. Ammonia is currently one of the most technologically-ready hydrogen carriers with an established international supply chain for industrial use.

“If successful, the project will position Singapore as one of the first countries in the world to deploy a direct ammonia combustion power plant and support the development of ammonia bunkering for international shipping, EMA and MPA said.

“This will help to unlock the potential of low-carbon ammonia as a low-carbon fuel.”

 

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Published: 25 July 2024

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LNG Bunkering

China: River-sea LNG bunkering vessel named and delivered in Shanghai

The 14,000 cubic metre ship, “Huaihe Nengyuan Qihang”, was independently developed, designed and built by Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) for Huaihe Energy Holding Group.

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China: River-sea LNG bunkering vessel named and delivered in Shanghai

China’s river-to-sea LNG bunkering vessel, which was built locally, was named and delivered in Shanghai on Monday (19 July), according to the Shanghai Association of Shipbuilding Industry (SASIC). 

The 14,000 cubic metre (cbm) ship, Huaihe Nengyuan Qihang, was independently developed, designed and built by Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co., Ltd for Huaihe Energy Holding Group as part of China’s "Gasification of the Yangtze River” project.

The ship is capable of travelling through the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge all year round and has been dubbed a “Customised Yangtze River” LNG refuelling and transportation ship.

The ship is equipped with the B-type LNG containment system independently developed by Hudong-Zhonghua and authorised by a national patent.

According to SASIC, this was the first time such a system has been applied to a domestic LNG  refuelling and transportation ship, marking a major breakthrough in the B-type LNG containment system developed by China with independent intellectual property rights.

Related: China’s first river-sea LNG bunkering ship completes inaugural bunkering operation

Disclaimer: The above article published by Manifold Times was sourced from China’s domestic market through a local correspondent. While considerable efforts have been taken to verify its accuracy through a professional translator and processed from sources believed to be reliable, no warranty is made regarding the accuracy, completeness and reliability of any information.

 

Photo credit: Shanghai Shipbuilding Industry Association
Published: 25 July 2024

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Singapore: EPS takes delivery of LNG dual-fuel bulker “Mount Ossa”

Firm said said the last vessel in its series of six 210,000 dwt DF LNG Newcastlemaxes chartered to Rio Tinto, was successfully delivered by New Times Shipbuilding.

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Singapore: EPS takes delivery of LNG dual-fuel bulker “Mount Ossa”

Singapore-based shipping firm Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) on Wednesday (24 July) said the last vessel in its series of six 210,000 dwt dual-fuel LNG Newcastlemaxes chartered to Rio Tinto, was successfully delivered.

The delivery of Mount Ossa marked the 21st vessel being delivered by New Times Shipbuilding to EPS.

“Despite global challenges, Rio Tinto and EPS have shown unparalleled resilience and a strong commitment to decarbonize shipping,” it said in a social media post.

“Over the past three years, these LNG-powered vessels have proven to be a sustainable choice, emitting 30% less than their conventional counterparts. We have successfully completed over 200 LNG bunkering operations, significantly reducing emissions across our fleet.”

“We celebrate our strong partnership with New Times Shipbuilding on this 21st milestone delivery to the EPS fleet, grateful to have 43 world-class vessels built and delivered, including those on order from New Times, which means we are only halfway through our esteemed collaboration.”

 

Photo credit: Eastern Pacific Shipping
Published: 25 July 2024

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