Woodside Energy Ltd., the largest Australian natural gas producer, says it is currently looking out for a bunkering vessel able to deliver liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a bunker fuel to similarly fuelled bulk carriers.
“Woodside has also been working to develop the potential for LNG as a cleaner marine fuel and we believe Western Australia can lead the way in this emerging market as the International Maritime Organisation’s 2020 deadline for low-sulphur marine fuel approaches,” said Meg O’Neill, Chief Operations Officer, Woodside Energy.
“Woodside has been talking to the big miners about using LNG to fuel the busy marine trade routes from Western Australia to Asia and we are tendering for a bunkering vessel to ensure the ships can be readily refuelled in Western Australia, using Western Australian LNG.”
O’Neill made the above comments at the Australasian Oil & Gas Exhibition & Conference (AOG 2019) on Wednesday (13 March) in Perth.
Woodside has been operating the LNG dual fuel Platform Supply Vessel (PSV) Siem Thiima which regularly receives LNG bunker fuel at Dampier port via LNG trucks.
Gas Energy Australia (GEA), the national peak body representing the bulk of the downstream gaseous fuels industry, lately highlighted uptake barriers for liquefied natural gas (LNG) marine bunkering in Australia in a recent 2019-20 Pre-Budget submission to the federal government.
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Photo credit: Woodside Energy Ltd.
Published: 19 March, 2019
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