Malaysian oil and gas company Petronas says it intends to introduce liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering operations at the country from the second half of 2019.
“As a major player in the LNG business, PETRONAS is well-positioned to support the strategic intent for Malaysia to become the regional LNG bunkering hub,” it said in the Petronas Activity Outlook 2019-2021 report.
“Efforts are now being put in place towards advocating LNG as the preferred marine fuel of choice.
“In close collaboration with industry associations like MOSVA, programmes are aligned to encourage migration; to develop necessary infrastructures to support a swift and effective migration of local (currently diesel-fuelled) OSV fleet to LNG, as the cleaner option.”
According to the company, it plans to start commercial LNG bunkering operations at Petronas Regas Terminal Sungai Udang in Melaka and Petronas Regas Terminal Pengerang in Johor during the second half of 2019.
This will be followed by Kemaman Supply Base (KSB) at Terengganu and the Asia Supply Base (ASB) located at W.P. Labuan.
“Dual-fuelled LNG-based engines are expected to be the future solution,” it states.
Petronas earlier supplied LNG cargo to LNG bunkering vessel Kairos while on its way from the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in Ulsan to Europe.
Published: 13 December, 2018
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