The Port of Dampier, located in the Pilbara Region of Western Australia, may have been the largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering port in the Asia Pacific region in 2017, says the Opportunity Manager for LNG Fuels, at Australian oil and gas company Woodside.
The company has been operating the LNG dual fuel Platform Supply Vessel (PSV) Siem Thiima for the past 20 months and has regularly conducted LNG bunkering operations at Dampier during the period, said Craig Jennings at the Singapore-held 4th LNG Marine Fuel Forum.
“For the past 20 months, since January last year, we have encountered close to flawless operations with the LNG-powered Siem Thiima,” he notes.
The Siem Thiima returns to Dampier port once every two weeks to lift about 60 metric tonnes (mt) of LNG fuel which is delivered via two LNG dual trailer trucks, adding up to about 1,500 mt of LNG bunkers over 2017.
This was a similar level to LNG bunker sales in Rotterdam in 2017, according to data from the Port of Rotterdam Authority.
“Dampier is a great example for LNG bunkering in the Asia-Pacific,” says Jennings.
“Woodside are proud to be helping lead the way in this region, and together with efforts of other companies and support of governments we look forward to a future of wide availability of LNG bunkering across the Asia-Pacific.
“LNG bunkering is a growing industry and every step the industry can take to support adoption of LNG will help the region realise the advantages of this clean-burning fuel.”
Photo credit: Woodside
Published: 13 September, 2018
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