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ExxonMobil readies 0.5% sulphur compliant marine fuel supply

18 Apr 2018

Oil major ExxonMobil Tuesday says it will be initially supplying bunker fuels compliant with the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) 0.5% sulphur cap at Singapore, Northwest Europe, and Mediterranean ports with additional locations to be announced throughout 2018.

“Our new suite of compliant fuels will include residual and distillate grades,” said Luca Volta, Marine Fuels Venture Manager at ExxonMobil.

“We are at a very advanced stage in the development of these fuels, therefore making us well positioned to help customers meet the reduced sulphur limit ahead of the IMO's 2020 implementation date.”

“Close collaboration with our global manufacturing, research and development teams is crucial to this process.

“This integrated approach has helped us to develop fuels that not only meet the ISO 8217-2017 specification, but also ensures our customers get the high quality and compliant options they need through our stringent testing protocols and fit-for-use assessments.”

According to ExxonMobil, the IMO-compliant fuels are being formulated using proprietary patented technology to help identify potential compatibility issues during the development process.

“We have developed proprietary methods for determining the compatibility of various grades of fuels as well as methods for modifying fuel composition to improve quality, stability and compatibility,” explained Mike Noorman, Head of Fuels Technology, ExxonMobil Research & Engineering.

“Our patented technology is helping us to develop products that address the potential hazards vessel operators could face when mixing fuels.”

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Published: 18 April, 2018

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