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SNIC 2022: Kenoil shares green methanol bunkering endeavour and firm’s contribution to supply value chain

Desmond Chong, Managing Director of Kenoil Group, informs on the company’s contribution towards the methanol bunkering value chain in a project to establish Asia’s green e-methanol plant in Singapore.

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Singapore-based bunker player Kenoil Group of Companies (Kenoil) provided deeper insights into its endeavour for alternative bunker fuels, namely green e-methanol, as part of its decarbonisation approach at the recent Singapore Norway Innovation Conference (SNIC) 2022 on Friday (18 November). 

Desmond Chong, Managing Director of Kenoil, said some clients who have traditionally bought fossil fuels are now looking into acquiring future bunker fuels such as methanol, ammonia and hydrogen - aligned with the firm’s decarbonisation efforts. 

Following this, Chong shared more on Kenoil’s role in a six-firm consortium for the green e-methanol pilot plant in Singapore during his presentation titled Innovation pipeline showcase: The Development of Future Fuels in the Marine Industry: Methanol

PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited (PTTEP), Air Liquide, YTL PowerSeraya Pte. Limited, Advario Singapore Ltd., Kenoil Marine Services, and A.P. Moller – Maersk A/S (Maersk) on 6 April signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to start a ‘Green Methanol Value Chain Collaboration’ feasibility study project. 

The study, due for completion by the end of 2022, explored the technical and economic feasibility of establishing a green e-methanol pilot plant with a minimum production capacity of 50,000 tonnes per annum (TPA) – the first of its kind in Southeast Asia.

“Kenoil with its deep expertise in bunkering plays the role as the last-mile delivery solution for methanol bunkering in the consortium. We look into safety aspects of transporting methanol bunker fuel from shore tanks to our vessels for deliveries via ship-to-ship transfers to off-taking vessels,” he said. 

When it comes to its readiness in methanol bunkering, Kenoil has prepared its fleet to be ready to keep up with the upcoming green marine fuel types. 

“We are prepared to retrofit our fleet to be suitable and compatible with methanol as it is different from conventional fuels as we transport methanol to our bunker barges,” Chong added.

“We also ensure bunkering equipment such as pipelines, bunkering hoses and systems used onboard are compatible with methanol.” 

However, it doesn’t end there for this physical bunker supplier once the feasibility study project is done. 

Kenoil will be reaching out to other off-takers to make the project a viable one as well as approaching banks to obtain in principle approvals in order to secure financing for other green related projects. 

The firm has also been reaching out to regulators such as the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) to engage on methanol bunkering. 

“We have also engaged the Methanol Institute and the Singapore Maritime Academy to prepare our crew for training on methanol bunkering and safety handling operations,” said Chong.

Related: Singapore: Players in feasibility study for first green e-methanol plant in S.E.A.

Photo credit: Norwegian Business Association (Singapore)
Published: 13 December, 2022

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Ammonia

Singapore: EMA, MPA shortlist two consortia for ammonia power generation and bunkering

Chosen consortia are Keppel’s Infrastructure Division and Sembcorp-SLNG, and the bunkering players in these consortia are Itochu Corporation, NYK Line and Sumitomo Corporation.

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The Energy Market Authority (EMA) and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on Thursday (25 July) said they have shortlisted two consortia that will proceed to the next round of evaluations of proposals to provide a low- or zero-carbon ammonia solution on Jurong Island for power generation and bunkering. 

The two consortia were selected from a total of six that were earlier shortlisted in 2023 to participate in a restricted Request for Proposal (RFP), following an Expression of Interest (EOI) called in 2022. The bids were assessed based on the technical, safety and commercial aspects of their proposals. 

The two consortium leads are Keppel’s Infrastructure Division and Sembcorp-SLNG, and the bunkering players in these consortia are Itochu Corporation, Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) and Sumitomo Corporation. The two consortia will proceed to conduct engineering, safety and emergency response studies for the proposed Project.

At the next phase, we will select one of the two bidders as the lead developer of the project. The lead developer will develop the end-to-end ammonia solution comprising (i) generating 55 to 65 MW of electricity from imported low- or zero-carbon ammonia via direct combustion in a Combined Cycle Gas Turbine; and (ii) facilitating ammonia bunkering at a capacity of at least 0.1 million tons per annum (MTPA), starting with shore-to-ship bunkering followed by ship-to-ship bunkering. 

Given the nascency of the technology and global supply chains, the Government will work closely with the appointed lead developer to implement the Project. We aim to announce the lead developer by Q1 2025.

The project is part of Singapore’s National Hydrogen Strategy launched in 2022, which outlines Singapore’s approach to develop low-carbon hydrogen as a major decarbonisation pathway as part of the nation’s commitment to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

A key thrust of this strategy is to experiment with the use of advanced hydrogen technologies that are on the cusp of commercial readiness. Ammonia is currently one of the most technologically-ready hydrogen carriers with an established international supply chain for industrial use.

“If successful, the project will position Singapore as one of the first countries in the world to deploy a direct ammonia combustion power plant and support the development of ammonia bunkering for international shipping, EMA and MPA said.

“This will help to unlock the potential of low-carbon ammonia as a low-carbon fuel.”

 

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Published: 25 July 2024

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LNG Bunkering

China: River-sea LNG bunkering vessel named and delivered in Shanghai

The 14,000 cubic metre ship, “Huaihe Nengyuan Qihang”, was independently developed, designed and built by Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) for Huaihe Energy Holding Group.

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China: River-sea LNG bunkering vessel named and delivered in Shanghai

China’s river-to-sea LNG bunkering vessel, which was built locally, was named and delivered in Shanghai on Monday (19 July), according to the Shanghai Association of Shipbuilding Industry (SASIC). 

The 14,000 cubic metre (cbm) ship, Huaihe Nengyuan Qihang, was independently developed, designed and built by Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co., Ltd for Huaihe Energy Holding Group as part of China’s "Gasification of the Yangtze River” project.

The ship is capable of travelling through the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge all year round and has been dubbed a “Customised Yangtze River” LNG refuelling and transportation ship.

The ship is equipped with the B-type LNG containment system independently developed by Hudong-Zhonghua and authorised by a national patent.

According to SASIC, this was the first time such a system has been applied to a domestic LNG  refuelling and transportation ship, marking a major breakthrough in the B-type LNG containment system developed by China with independent intellectual property rights.

Related: China’s first river-sea LNG bunkering ship completes inaugural bunkering operation

Disclaimer: The above article published by Manifold Times was sourced from China’s domestic market through a local correspondent. While considerable efforts have been taken to verify its accuracy through a professional translator and processed from sources believed to be reliable, no warranty is made regarding the accuracy, completeness and reliability of any information.

 

Photo credit: Shanghai Shipbuilding Industry Association
Published: 25 July 2024

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Newbuilding

Singapore: EPS takes delivery of LNG dual-fuel bulker “Mount Ossa”

Firm said said the last vessel in its series of six 210,000 dwt DF LNG Newcastlemaxes chartered to Rio Tinto, was successfully delivered by New Times Shipbuilding.

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Singapore: EPS takes delivery of LNG dual-fuel bulker “Mount Ossa”

Singapore-based shipping firm Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) on Wednesday (24 July) said the last vessel in its series of six 210,000 dwt dual-fuel LNG Newcastlemaxes chartered to Rio Tinto, was successfully delivered.

The delivery of Mount Ossa marked the 21st vessel being delivered by New Times Shipbuilding to EPS.

“Despite global challenges, Rio Tinto and EPS have shown unparalleled resilience and a strong commitment to decarbonize shipping,” it said in a social media post.

“Over the past three years, these LNG-powered vessels have proven to be a sustainable choice, emitting 30% less than their conventional counterparts. We have successfully completed over 200 LNG bunkering operations, significantly reducing emissions across our fleet.”

“We celebrate our strong partnership with New Times Shipbuilding on this 21st milestone delivery to the EPS fleet, grateful to have 43 world-class vessels built and delivered, including those on order from New Times, which means we are only halfway through our esteemed collaboration.”

 

Photo credit: Eastern Pacific Shipping
Published: 25 July 2024

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