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Quadrise Plc gives 2023 overview and updates on low-carbon bunker fuel projects

Structured process is now underway to seek commercial partners that would allow firm to be able to quickly scale up in preparation for the expected growth of MSAR® and bioMSAR™ sales, says Quadrise.

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MSAR® and bioMSAR™ emulsion technology and fuels supplier Quadrise on Monday (27 November) provided an update ahead of the Company's Annual General Meeting (AGM).

The firm said it recently published a 2023 sustainability report setting out its efforts to address demand for solutions to decarbonise shipping, and to build capacity for the supply of our low-carbon fuels in the US. 

In advance of the anticipated developments outlined below, a formal process is now underway to seek commercial partners in both the marine and US-focused low-carbon fuel markets who would be able to contribute the resources necessary to scale up growth rapidly once trials have been completed.

“In this regard, we have also been particularly heartened by the success of bioMSAR™ in Morocco, as announced on 22 November 2023, demonstrating the viability of bioMSAR™ in an industrial application,” it said.

Building on this, there has been considerable RDI progress at the Quadrise Research Facility (QRF) with commercial partners to develop bioMSAR™ formulations using lower cost, lower-carbon, and globally abundant biomass-derived sugars produced using various technologies. 

“This is a clear pointer to the future for the company as the need for commercially competitive net-zero fuel solutions grows in urgency,” it said in a statement. 

The Company's progress in each of its key projects towards their next stages is described below:

Morocco: The industrial demonstration test of MSAR® and bioMSAR™ fuels at the client's site in Morocco was successfully completed, as announced on 22 November 2023. This was the first demonstration of bioMSAR™ in a commercial application and Quadrise is now preparing a technical report to submit to the client within the next month. The parties now look forward to entering into discussions for long-term commercial supply in conjunction with reaching an agreement for testing at other client sites to expand supply opportunities for MSAR®, and in the future, bioMSAR™ fuels.

Marine: Agreements with project stakeholders covering the Proof-of-Concept and Letter Of No Objection (LONO) commercial trials on bioMSAR™ with MSC Shipmanagement (MSC) are expected to be concluded in December 2023. The agreements cover trial fuel production, supply, and logistics. Provided these and the relevant permits are concluded in time, Quadrise equipment will be installed and commissioned at the bunker terminal in Q1 2024, with the intention to commence the trials in  early Q2 2024, in accordance with the latest vessel schedule shared by MSC recently.

US low carbon fuels: Quadrise understands that Valkor Technologies LLC (Valkor) expects to conclude drilling permits and project financing relating to their primary project site in Utah by the end of the calendar year 2023. Provided a minimum of US$15 million is successfully raised by Valkor, under the terms of the Site License and Supply Agreement signed in June 2023, Valkor will pay Quadrise an initial US$1.0 million licence fee and a further US$0.5 million upon delivery of an MSAR® Manufacturing Unit to the project site in Utah.

bioMSAR™ development: As described in the overview above, during FY23 and since the period end, work has been progressing at the QRF in conjunction with commercial partners Vertoro BV and BTG Bioliquids BV, as well as with other prospective partners, to develop bioMSAR™ formulations made using  biomass-derived sugars. These are a lower cost and more globally abundant future alternative to glycerine and would enable a lower cost, lower carbon biofuel alternative to be produced which could then be marketed at scale to the marine and industrial sectors. Discussions have been progressing with other stakeholders in this renewable sector.

In November 2023, diesel engine testing was completed at Aquafuel on blends of bioMSAR™ containing 20% to 40% of Vertoro's crude sugar oil (CSO™). The testing demonstrated improved engine efficiency and lower Nitrogen oxide ("NOx") and particulate emissions upon combustion when compared to conventional diesel. Quadrise and Vertoro are now discussing the next steps toward commercialisation of the CSO™ bioMSAR™ blends. Aquafuel tests were also completed using blends of marine B30 biofuels containing FAME in MSAR® and bioMSAR™ to assess engine efficiency and emissions improvements, both of which were positive and a further step towards bioMSAR™ Zero.

Jason Miles, Chief Executive Officer of QED, said: "During 2023, we have continued to make progress with each of our key projects as well as with our work to supply bioMSAR™ at commercial scale and develop lower carbon biofuel alternatives using biomass derived sugars. We were particularly pleased to note the first commercial scale demonstration of bioMSAR in Morocco, where the client's industrial unit was successfully operated at varying loads of up to 100%, equivalent to the energy consumption of a medium-sized container ship.

The progress made in Morocco is vitally important to the Company as we look to progress to commercial supply there and to commence marine trials on board the MSC Leandra in H1 2024. Preparations for the MSC trials are now underway, with agreements expected to be signed by year-end. In addition, the Company expects to deliver commercial revenues from Valkor in the near future upon successful closure of Valkor's project financing.

The progress at QRF and Aquafuel with commercial partners to develop and trial bioMSAR™ formulations using cheaper and globally abundant biomass derived sugars provides a clear pointer to the future for the Company, since a lower carbon biofuel alternative will be demanded by the marine and industrial sectors.

To prepare for the expected growth of MSAR® and bioMSAR™ sales, a structured process is now underway to seek commercial partners that would allow the Company to be able to quickly scale up once the key project milestones have been met and we look forward to updating shareholders on this exercise in due course."

Related: Quadrise, Vertoro to explore use of Vertero’s advanced crude sugar oil in bioMSAR™ fuel
Related: Quadrise, MSC Shipmanagement to trial low-carbon bunker fuels on commercial containerships
Related: Quadrise sign agreement with renewable biofuels specialist BTG Bioliquids
Related: Quadrise teams up with Valkor to commercialise MSAR® and bioMSAR™ technology in CDA

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Published: 28 November, 2023

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Wind-assisted

Singapore: EPS orders its first wind-assisted propulsion system for tanker

Firm signed a contract for its first ever wind-assisted propulsion system, partnering with bound4blue to install three 22-metre eSAILs® onboard “Pacific Sentinel”.

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Singapore: EPS orders its first wind-assisted propulsion system for tanker

Singapore-based Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) on Thursday (22 February) said it signed a contract for its first ever wind-assisted propulsion system, partnering with bound4blue to install three 22-metre eSAILs® onboard the Pacific Sentinel

The turnkey ‘suction sail’ technology, which drags air across an aerodynamic surface to generate exceptional propulsive efficiency, will be fitted later this year, helping the 183-metre, 50,000 DWT oil and chemical tanker reduce overall energy consumption by approximately 10%, depending on vessel routing.

Suitable for both newbuilds and retrofit projects, the system delivers energy efficiency and cost savings for a broad range of vessels, regardless of their size and age.

Singapore: EPS orders its first wind-assisted propulsion system for tanker

José Miguel Bermudez, CEO and co-founder at bound4blue, said: “Signing an agreement with an industry player of the scale and reputation of EPS not only highlights the growing recognition of wind-assisted propulsion as a vital solution for maximising both environmental and commercial benefits, but also underscores the confidence industry leaders have in our proven technology.”

“It’s exciting to secure our first contract in Singapore, particularly with EPS, a company known for both its business success and its environmental commitment.”

“We see the company as a role model for shipping in that respect. As such this is a milestone development, one that we hope will pave the way for future installations across EPS’ fleet, further solidifying our presence in the region.”

Cyril Ducau, Chief Executive Officer at EPS, said: “EPS is committed to exploring and implementing innovative solutions that improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions across our fleet.” 

“Over the past six years, our investments in projects including dual fuel vessels, carbon capture, biofuels, voyage optimisation technology and more have allowed us to reduce our emissions intensity by 30% and achieve an Annual Efficiency Ratio (AER) of 3.6 CO2g/dwt-mile in 2023, outperforming our emission intensity targets ahead of schedule. The addition of the bound4blue groundbreaking wind assisted propulsion will enhance our efforts on this path to decarbonise.”

“With this project, we are confident that the emission reductions gained through eSAILs® on Pacific Sentinel will help us better evaluate the GHG reduction potential of wind assisted propulsion on our fleet in the long run.”

Pacific Sentinel will achieve a ‘wind assisted’ notation from class society ABS once the eSAILs® are installed. 

 

Photo credit: Eastern Pacific Shipping
Published: 23 February, 2024

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LNG Bunkering

Galveston LNG Bunker Port joins SEA-LNG coalition

SEA-LNG said move will further enhance its LNG supply infrastructure expertise and global reach, while giving GLBP access to the latest LNG pathway research and networking opportunities.

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Galveston LNG Bunker Port joins SEA-LNG coalition

Galveston LNG Bunker Port (GLBP), a joint-venture between Seapath Group, one of the maritime subsidiaries of the Libra Group, and Pilot LNG, LLC (Pilot), a Houston-based clean energy solutions company, has joined SEA-LNG, according to the latter on Wednesday (21 February). 

SEA-LNG said the move will further enhance its LNG supply infrastructure expertise and global reach, while giving GLBP access to the latest LNG pathway research and networking opportunities.

GLBP was announced in September 2023 and will develop, construct and operate the US Gulf Coast’s first dedicated facility supporting the fuelling of LNG-powered vessels, expected to be operational late-2026.

The shore-based LNG liquefaction facility will be located on Shoal Point in Texas City, part of the greater Houston-Galveston port complex, one of the busiest ports in the USA. This is a strategic location for cruise ship LNG bunkering in US waters, as well as for international ship-to-ship bunkering and cool-down services. GLBP will offer cost-effective turn-key LNG supply solutions to meet growing demand for the cleaner fuel in the USA and Gulf of Mexico.

Jonathan Cook, Pilot CEO, said: “With an initial investment of approximately $180 million, our LNG bunkering facility will supply a vital global and U.S. trade corridor with cleaner marine fuel. We recognise that SEA-LNG is a leading partner and a key piece of the LNG bunkering sector, and will give us access to insights and expertise across the entire LNG supply chain.

“LNG supports environmental goals and human health by offering ship operators immediate reductions in CO2 emissions and virtually eliminating harmful local emissions of sulphur oxides (SOx), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter.”

President of Seapath, Joshua Lubarsky, said: “We are very pleased to be supporting the decarbonization of the maritime industry through strategic, and much needed, investments into the supply of alternative fuels.  We are also happy to be a part of SEA-LNG which has done a wonderful job in advocating for advancements in technology in this vital sector.”

Chairman of SEA-LNG Peter Keller, said: “We’re proud to welcome another leading LNG supplier to the coalition and are looking forward to a mutually beneficial relationship. With every investment in supply infrastructure in the US and worldwide, the LNG pathway’s head start increases. Global availability, alongside bio-LNG and e-LNG development, makes LNG the practical and realistic route to maritime decarbonisation.

“All alternative fuels exist on a pathway from grey, fossil-based fuels to green, bio or renewable fuels. Green fuels represent a scarce resource and many have scalability issues, so we must start our net-zero journey today with grey fuels. LNG is the only grey fuel that reduces greenhouse gas emissions, well-to-wake, so you need less green fuel than alternatives to improve emissions performance.”

 

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Published: 23 February, 2024

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Biofuel

VARO and Orim Energy to supply bio bunker fuels in ARA region

VARO will source, produce and blend various waste and advanced bio feedstocks to high quality bunker fuel specs; Orim will source fuel and gas oils for blending and deliver final biofuel blends to vessels.

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VARO and Orim Energy to supply bio bunker fuels in ARA region

VARO Energy (VARO) on Wednesday (21 February) said it is partnering with Orim Energy (Orim) to provide shipping customers in the Port of Rotterdam – and wider Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp (ARA) region - with biofuels. 

The agreement supports the decarbonisation of maritime transportation and inland shipping in Northern Europe. It also contributes to the wider targets set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to reduce the total annual GHG emissions from shipping by at least 20% by 2030 and at least 70% by 2050, compared with 2008 levels.

Current demand for Fuel Oil in ARA , Europe’s largest bunkering hub, is approximately 14 million tonnes per year. Supported by new EU regulations, the market for B30, a blend of 70% Fuel Oil and 30% biofuels, is expected to grow rapidly to the end of the decade. As a result of this joint initiative, VARO and Orim will be well positioned to meet this increased demand and support the decarbonisation plans of their shipping customers.

VARO’s biofuels trading capabilities and growing biofuel manufacturing asset base will complement Orim’s extensive distribution, storage and bunkering capabilities in ARA. Under the agreement, VARO will source, produce and blend various waste and advanced bio feedstocks to high quality bunker specifications. Orim will source the fuel and gas oils for blending and deliver the final biofuel blends to customers’ vessels.

VARO has a long track record of providing biofuels for maritime logistics. Since 2018, the company has supplied the Port of Rotterdam with HVO100 (100% Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil “HVO”) for use with the Port’s service fleet. In 2023 VARO signed an agreement with Höegh Autoliners to supply the company with 100% advanced biofuels for its shipping fleet.

The partnership is aligned with VARO’s strategy to become the partner of choice for customers in the energy transition by providing them with the low-carbon energy solutions they need to decarbonise.

Dev Sanyal, CEO of VARO, said: “Meeting rising demand for blended biofuels is critical to achieving the EU and IMO’s decarbonisation targets for shipping. Our experience in biofuels, combined with Orim’s logistics and bunkering operations, will help meet this demand at Rotterdam, Europe’s largest port facility. I am delighted to be entering into a strategic partnership with Orim and to further build on VARO’s long-established presence in Rotterdam. This is another step in our journey to enable the decarbonisation of the maritime sector.

Edwin Coppens, Managing Director of Orim, said: “Upcoming EU and IMO regulations drive the need to scale up with biofuels and ensure quality assurance going forward. Partnering with VARO allows us to do just that, using each other’s strengths to optimize our blending expertise and network. We will benefit from VARO’s extensive experience with biofuels, which includes joint testing with leading ship engine suppliers. Together, we can increase our sourcing and supply capabilities, extending our reach and further strengthening our position in the ARA region.”

 

Photo credit: VARO Energy
Published: 23 February, 2024

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