Authorities in Singapore have called for bids from LNG bunker firms to expand refuelling infrastructure across the island state.
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) issued a request for proposal (RFP) alongside the announcement that it will approve up to two additional LNG bunker supplier licenses.
This follows from a recent announcement at the 21st Singapore International Bunkering Conference and Exhibition,” a spokesperson for the MPA said.
End-to-end bunkering solutions
The RFP will be open until the 15 December 2020 and interested parties are requested to submit a proposal for an “end-to-end LNG bunkering solution”, which should include “details about its LNG supply and delivery model, its LNG sources and its marketing plan for the sale of LNG bunker.”
“MPA seeks to announce the successful award of new LNG bunker supplier licence(s), if any, by February 2021,” the firm said in a statement.
The port currently has two licensed LNG bunker suppliers, state-owned firm Pavilion Energy and local fuel specialist FueLNG.
The Singapore Government has invested heavily in its strategy to develop the island as a regional LNG bunkering and gas trading hub and earlier this year FueLNG inaugurated Singapore’s first LNG bunkering vessel.
The expansion of LNG bunkering at the port is expected to support demand from shipping lines as an increasing number of large-scale vessels switch to the fuel to meet environmental regulations in ports around the world.
“As the maritime community continues the search for low or zero-carbon fuels to meet IMO’s 2050 goals, LNG is a viable transitional fuel to mitigate CO2 emissions from ships. A number of first movers have made investments in LNG-fuelled vessels, including CMA CGM, Hapag Lloyd, Eastern Pacific Shipping and BHP,” Chee Hong Tat, Singapore’s Senior Minister of Transport, said.
Pavilion Energy is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the nation’s Sovereign Wealth Fund Temasek and has been a major investor in the islands infrastructure.