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Singapore: Feasibility studies find use of hydrogen, CCUS for local maritime sector

25 Jun 2021

Recent feasibility studies conducted by the Singapore Government have found use of hydrogen and carbon capture, utilisation, and storage (CCUS) technologies for the country’s maritime sector.

The Study of Hydrogen Imports and Downstream Applications for Singapore was jointly commissioned by the National Climate Change Secretariat (NCCS), Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) and Energy Market Authority (EMA).

“Hydrogen, as well as hydrogen carriers such as ammonia, holds significant promise in offering a pathway to decarbonise the shipping industry,” stated the preliminary assessment.

“Collaboration among stakeholders will be key in accelerating the development of low-carbon fuels.”

The study noted the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) to be actively encouraging the formation of ecosystems with key stakeholders across the maritime value chain, to come together in joint industry projects to trial and test-bed low-carbon fuels.

MPA has also announced the establishment of a maritime decarbonisation centre to focus Singapore’s efforts in maritime decarbonisation. The centre will bring together industry partners to coordinate, drive and catalyse maritime decarbonisation solutions, with a focus on translating technologies into commercially viable solutions for ocean-going vessels.

The study on Carbon Capture, Storage, and Utilisation: Decarbonisation Pathways for Singapore’s Energy and Chemicals Sectors was jointly commissioned by NCCS and EDB.

Researchers noted CCUS can, like low-carbon hydrogen, reduce Singapore’s emissions from the industry and power sector, and can complement the adoption of low-carbon hydrogen.

Some potential CCUS carbon dioxide (CO2) utilisation pathways are currently already available or nearing technologically ready levels for deployment; however, most are not yet commercially viable without further technological advancements and cost reductions.

The study noted captured CO2 can be used as feedstock for chemicals and synthetic fuels, such as kerosene and methanol, which have the potential to be used as fuel for aircraft and marine vessels.

“Agencies will further monitor the technological and market developments in these areas and explore opportunities for new CO2 utilisation pathways in Singapore,” it stated.

Note: A summary of both studies can be obtained through the link here.

Related: SMW 2021: MPA, BW Group, Sembmarine, EPS, ONE, DNV, BHP decarbonisation efforts recognised
Related: SMW 2021: MPA & Partners ink SGD 120 million fund to establish maritime decarbonisation centre


Photo credit: Manifold Times
Published: 25 June, 2021

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