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Eurofins: UCOME, POME, UCO as feedstocks for bio bunker fuel present ‘unique’ challenges for shipping sector

Variability of sources can affect the stability and performance of biofuel bunkers produced from these feedstocks, in turn leading to difficulties in meeting regulations and industry standards, shares Bryan Quek.

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Usage of used cooking oil methyl ester (UCOME), palm oil mill effluent (POME) and used cooking oil (UCO) as alternative feedstocks in the petroleum industry is gaining popularity due to the growing demand for sustainable bunker fuel options.

However, these feedstocks present unique challenges that need to be addressed for effective utilisation as alternatives to traditional marine fuels, believes the General Manager of Singapore-based fuel testing laboratory Eurofins Mechem Pte Ltd.

“These challenges can be effectively addressed through comprehensive testing, certification, and documentation procedures, thus allowing for the effective utilisation of these feedstocks as alternatives to traditional marine fuel,” Bryan Quek tells Manifold Times

“Eurofins, as a leader in food & feed testing, can help petroleum blending companies navigate the challenges associated with the production and trade of sustainable cargo such as UCOME, POME, and UCO.”

According to Mr Quek, a main challenge in the usage of UCOME, POME and UCO in the petroleum industry is related to quality control.

These feedstocks, typically derived from a variety of sources including food waste, agricultural waste, and industrial waste, can lead to variability in their quality and purity. Variability of sources can affect the stability and performance of biofuels produced from these feedstocks, in turn leading to difficulties in meeting regulations and industry standards.

Another challenge is related to sustainability and compliance with industry standards. Due to the variability of feedstocks, it is critical to ensure sustainable production practises with compliance to regulatory standards such as the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2).

The compatibility of UCOME, POME and UCO – which chemical properties can be different from petroleum-based traditional feedstocks – can affect the stability and performance of biofuels resulting in incompatibility issues of blended product, in turn affecting vessel engine performance and durability.

“Eurofins can help petroleum blending companies address these compatibility issues by providing testing services to assess the compatibility of UCOME, POME and UCO feedstocks with traditional petroleum products,” states Mr Quek.

“For instance, Eurofins can offer testing services to determine the acidity, saponification number, and iodine value of the feedstocks. These tests can help to determine the chemical properties of feedstocks and ensure they are compatible with traditional petroleum products. 

“Furthermore, Eurofins can offer testing services to assess the thermal stability of biofuels produced with UCOME, POME and UCO feedstocks. These tests can help to determine the stability of biofuels under high temperatures and ensure they meet industry standards.”

“By providing testing, certification, and documentation support, Eurofins can help these companies produce high-quality, compatible and compliant bio-grade petroleum products,” highlights Mr Quek.

“Our expertise in food & feed testing can assist in ensuring the compatibility of sustainable feedstocks with traditional petroleum products and positively impacting the industry and the environment.”

 

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Published: 19 January, 2023

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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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Newbuilding

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.”

 

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Published: 25 July 2024

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