The Lloyd’s Register Fuel Oil Bunkering Analysis and Advisory Service (FOBAS) on Thursday (28 March) confirmed the quality of fuel after witnessing a desulphurisation process developed by Genoil Inc.
The Hydroconversion Upgrader (GHU®) is able to reduce the sulphur content of High Sulphur Heavy Fuel Oil (HSFO) marine fuel to a content level that meets the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) 2020 sulphur compliance standards.
In this case, the HSFO used in the demonstration process has been reduced from 1.72% sulphur content to 0.38%.
“Although LR did not have full visibility of the technical approach used by Genoil’s process or demonstration and was not present throughout, the sample analysed from the output sample of the demonstration was 0.38% m/m, in comparison to the feedstock used for the process which was stated to be an ISO-F-RMG380 fuel with sulphur content of 1.7% m/m,” said Muhammad Usman, Lloyd’s Register, Product Manager – FOBAS.
David Lifschultz, CEO of Genoil., was pleased with the results.
“Gaining independent verification from a renowned shipping classification society of the product characteristics of the supplied sample at entry to the GHU process and the end product at completion of the process is a significant step for Genoil in proving to the industry that there is a less expensive means of ensuing compliance with 2020 regulations that doesn’t require paying a large premium for distillate fuels, or investing millions of dollars of capital, which may never see full payback, in scrubber technology or LNG,” said Lifschultz.
“And because the GHU produces fuel with the same properties of heavy fuel oil minus the sulphur content, it also reduces the risk of engine damage, which so many in the industry are concerned with in relation to new hybrid distillate products.”
The news comes after the latest successful demonstration run for the GHU conducted for Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) at Genoil’s multipurpose demonstration facility hosted by the UFA Scientific Research Institute of Petroleum Refining and Petrochemistry located in Bashkortostan.
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