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Marubeni Corporation conducts world’s first ethylene voyage using biofuel

13 Oct 2022

Tokyo-based conglomerate Marubeni Corporation (Marubeni) on Wednesday (12 October) said it has conducted a trial voyage on a chartered vessel using a marine biofuel blend from Vlissingen, the Netherlands to Morgan’s Point, Texas, USA.

“To the best of our knowledge, this is the first biofuel supply to an Ethylene Carrier in the world,” said Marubeni.

The ethylene carrier GasChem Dollart was supplied with B25 marine biofuel in Vlissingen, the Netherlands on September 21 2022; the product consisted of approximately 25% fatty acid methyl ester (FAME), blended with very low sulfur fuel oil (VLSFO).

The biofuel blend was delivered at Vlissingen by, BP Europa SE – BP Nederland, a subsidiary of BP p.l.c.

The FAME component of the marine biofuel blend used in the trial led to a reduction in the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the voyage on a lifecycle, well-to-wake approach, according to Marubeni.

“The origination and production of the FAME used in the trial is certified to the ISCC system – a leading multistakeholder certification scheme for biobased materials,” it explained.

“This certification requires that sustainability criteria are followed throughout the supply chain – including the tracing of the waste feedstock from point of generation, through processing, transportation and delivery of the final biofuel.

“The voyage was aimed at understanding whether technical issues such as combustibility and stability arise when biofuel is used.”


Photo credit: Marubeni Corporation
Published: 13 October, 2022

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