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SMW: LNG Forum members upbeat on LNG bunkering trend

SLNG, FuelLNG, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement, Port of Rotterdam representatives voice opinion at forum.




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Various members of the Singapore-held LNG Forum 2018 on Tuesday voiced their optimism about the uptake and use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel.

“We are very optimistic about LNG growth not only in Singapore but also in Indonesia,” John Ng, CEO of Singapore LNG Corporation (SLNG) told delegates at the event organised as part of Singapore Maritime Week 2018.

Ng forecasts a four-fold rise in demand for LNG at Indonesia which will result in the country’s small-scale LNG supply industry taking off. The development will mean the construction of suitable local facilities which can also be upgraded to offer bunkering services after a “small investment”.

“The surrounding eco system is there and investment will be low to start LNG bunkering,” he notes while adding SLNG has already constructed traffic facilities at its Singapore terminal to distribute LNG in ISO containers.

“Small-scale LNG require vessels to be a lot smaller and we have also modified the berth to handle very small ships,” he explains.

“We are already putting investment ahead of demand. The question now is the aggregate demand to make the operation economically viable.”

Lauran Wetemans, Head of Downstream LNG, Director of FuelLNG, Shell International BV, meanwhile echos aggregate demand to be a challenge for small-scale LNG.

“Together with shipping LNG as fuel we will also see infrastructure being built and these will add opportunities to provide small scale power,” he notes.

“The use of different barges of different sizes is going to give operational efficiency [and] we will be able to see a lot of demand coming from this activity.”

Angus Campbell, Corporate Director Energy Projects, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement, says the push for LNG as a marine fuel is not only an initiative from the shipping sector to meet stricter emissions but from clients as well.

“The way the shipping industry works is you work under charterers and other parties,” he explains.

“Because there is corporate sustainability, the customer wants to reduce their own carbon footprint as well and we have clients who make this as a priority. You will be surprised about the amount of focus on this.”

Cess Boon, Senior Adviser Harbourmaster Policy Department, Port of Rotterdam, points out the uptake of LNG as bunker fuel in Rotterdam port is partly due to European Union (EU) initiatives.

“The drive of LNG we can see […] partly is driven by the EU to encourage members to make alternative fuels available for the industry.”

The LNG Forum 2018 session is a Sea Asia conference organised by Seatrade and the Singapore Maritime Foundation as part of the LNG Shipping and Clean Energy Forum.

Related: Singapore Maritime Week 2018: Positioning for Future Growth
Related: The republic welcomes Singapore Maritime Week

Published: 25 April, 2018

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LNG Bunkering

GLBP submits permit applications to build and operate Galveston LNG bunker terminal

Small scale natural gas liquefaction facility will be the region’s first dedicated LNG bunker terminal to provide clean LNG as bunker fuel.





Galveston LNG Bunker Port

Galveston LNG Bunker Port (GLBP) recently announced that it filed applications with the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) seeking authorization to site, construct and operate the proposed GLBP small scale natural gas liquefaction facility on Shoal Point in Texas City, Texas, in the heart of the Galveston Bay/Greater Houston port complex. 

The GLBP project will be the region’s first dedicated LNG bunker terminal to provide clean LNG as marine fuel.

Galveston LNG Bunker Port has filed key regulatory applications with relevant government agencies, including the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for the Clean Water Act and Rivers & Harbors Act, Texas Railroad Commission (TRRC) for the Texas Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 401 Water Quality Certification, and United States Coast Guard (USCG) for Waterway Suitability Assessment (WSA).

The USACE application for the proposed project includes two natural gas liquefaction trains capable of producing approximately 600,000 gallons per day of LNG; two 3-million-gallon full containment LNG storage tanks; natural gas liquids and refrigerant storage; feed gas pre-treatment facilities; a bunker vessel loading berth and associated marine and loading facilities.

“The Galveston LNG Bunker Port project continues to meet its milestones, and we are very excited to announce that the necessary permitting applications have been submitted,” said Shaun Davison, Chief Development Officer of Pilot LNG. 

“We are confident that we will meet the rigorous requirements of State & Local permitting authorities to ensure that the project is delivered on-time and will meet the ever-growing demand for clean fuel supply in the Galveston Bay, and US Gulf Coast region by the end of 2026.”

Pilot LNG and Seapath Group signed a project development agreement in September of 2023 that provides a framework for the development, technical design, permitting and marketing of the proposed liquefaction project, which is estimated to come online in late 2026. 

The global maritime industry is increasingly adopting LNG as a marine fuel to significantly reduce emissions and meet tightening regulations, including IMO 2020, which came into effect January 1st, 2020.

Joshua Lubarsky, President of Seapath Group, said: “Our experience in developing, building and operating energy infrastructure will help us with this much-needed facility.” Lubarsky continues “This facility is a critical investment into the resilience of the United States’ maritime infrastructure, and upon construction will immediately provide positive environmental and economic impacts in Texas City, Galveston Bay, and the US Gulf Coast.”

Ongoing development of the project is subject to a number of risks and uncertainties. The final investment decision to proceed with construction is contingent upon completing required commercial agreements, acquiring all necessary permits and approvals, and securing financing commitments.

Related: Galveston LNG Bunker Port secures site in Texas for proposed LNG bunkering facility
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Related: Pilot LNG awards Galveston LNG Bunker Port FEED contract to Wison Offshore & Marine


Photo credit: Galveston LNG Bunker Port
Published: 19 April 2024

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Methanol Institute and SEA-LNG unite against EU trade barriers to biomethane and biomethanol fuels

Both parties expressed their deep concerns following recent announcement by European Commission impacting the trade of biomethane and biomethane-based biofuels such as biomethanol bunker fuel.





Methanol Institute and SEA-LNG unite against EU trade barriers to biomethane and biomethanol fuels

The Methanol Institute (MI) and SEA-LNG, key representatives of the methanol and liquefied natural gas (LNG) industries respectively, on Wednesday (17 April) expressed their deep concerns following the recent announcement by the European Commission impacting the trade of biomethane and biomethane-based biofuels such as biomethanol. 

The Commission has noted the intention to exclude the automatic certification of biomethane and biomethanol-based fuels produced through mass balance chain of custody in third-party countries outside the EU gas grids within the Union Database (UDB), an IT system to trace the sustainability and origin of renewable fuels placed into service in the European market. 

“This exclusion will severely limit the use of these critical fuels in decarbonising intra-European and international maritime transport even if these fuels were produced in accordance with EU regulations under the Renewable Energy Directive (RED),” MI and SEA-LNG said in a statement. 

Methanol Institute, as the trade association representing the global interests of the methanol industry, and SEA-LNG, a multi-sector industry coalition promoting the benefits of LNG as a marine fuel, are particularly concerned about the potential impacts of these measures on competitiveness and international trade dynamics. 

“If this materialises, it will create a trade barrier that threatens to impede the importation of biomethane and biomethanol into the European Union, limiting the availability and increasing the costs of these fuels to the bunkering industry in Europe,” they said.

“Furthermore, it may also disqualify such fuels produced using a mass balance chain of custody from non-EU gas grids, when bunkered in non-European ports for use by vessels calling at European ports from being recognised under the Renewable Energy Directive (RED). Consequently, these fuels may not be able to generate credits under EU ETS and FuelEU Maritime.”

In response to these challenges, MI and SEA-LNG call for the recognition of biomethane and biomethanol-based fuels produced using a mass balance chain of custody from non-EU gas grids under the UDB. 

“We propose an urgent meeting between our representatives and those of the European Commission to discuss necessary amendments to ensure a sustainable and competitive energy future for the European maritime sector,” they added.


Photo credit: Methanol Institute and SEA-LNG
Published: 18 April 2024

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LNG Bunkering

“KEYS Azalea” performs first ship-to-ship LNG bunkering in western Japan

“KEYS Azalea” carried out its first LNG bunkering operation by supplying bunker fuel to car carrier “Daisy Leader” in Port at Hiroshima on 10 April.





“KEYS Azalea” performs first ship-to-ship LNG bunkering in western Japan

KEYS Bunkering West Japan Corporation (KEYS), a joint venture established by Kyushu Electric Power, NYK Line, ITOCHU ENEX, and Saibu Gas on Friday (12 April) said a LNG bunkering vessel that it owns and operates completed the first ship-to-ship LNG bunkering in the western Japan region.

On 10 April, KEYS Azalea carried out LNG bunkering for the car carrier Daisy Leader in the Port at Hiroshima. The operation also marked the first LNG bunkering the vessel has completed. 

The LNG fuel supplied was shipped from the Tobata LNG terminal of Kitakyushu LNG Co., Ltd., a member of the Kyuden Group. 

KEYS Azalea is equipped with a dual-fuel engine that can use both LNG and heavy oil as fuel for its main power generation equipment. 

“KEYS will continue to carry out LNG bunkering safely and stably in the western Japan region, contributing to the creation of a carbon-neutral society and the development of Japan's LNG bunkering business,” the joint venture said.

Related: KEYS Bunkering West Japan names and launches LNG bunkering vessel “KEYS Azalea”


Photo credit: KEYS Bunkering West Japan Corporation
Published: 17 April 2024

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