Joint venture bunker specialist FueLNG has completed the first commercial truck-to-ship LNG bunkering in Singapore for the Floating Liquefaction (FLNG) vessel, Hilli Episeyo.
The bunker transfer operation was carried out in phases over the space of two months and conducted in accordance with the Singapore Chemical Industry Council (SCIC) Technical Reference for LNG Bunkering (TR 56).
“This marks the first LNG trucking operation for FueLNG, following the facilitation of Singapore LNG's (SLNG) successful gas-up/cool-down and reload operation at its Jurong Island terminal of the Cardissa, Shell's LNG bunker vessel, in June 2017,” a spokesperson for FuelNG said.
The world’s first converted FLNG, Hilli Episeyo, has now departed Singapore for deepwater anchorage before sailing to West Africa for its first project.
Tug bunkering contracts to start in 2018
Alongside its contract for LNG bunkering with the Hilli Episeyo, FueLNG has also secured contracts from Keppel Smit Towage and Maju Maritime to provide LNG bunkering services for two dual-fuel LNG harbour tugs. The new contracts are set to commence in 2018 once construction of the tugs is completed.
"This is an exciting milestone for FueLNG as we establish ourselves as a safe, cost-efficient and reliable LNG bunker supplier. The development of proven LNG bunkering infrastructure will give confidence to the industry that LNG can be widely adopted as a marine fuel and is sustainable for the long-term,” Michael Chia, Chairman of FueLNG, said
FueLNG is a joint venture between Singapore conglomerate Keppel and Dutch energy firm Shell Eastern Petroleum.
LBPP backs further LNG investment
Singapore’s Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has stated its backing for the planned LNG infrastructure improvements and earlier this year launched its LNG bunkering pilot programme (LBPP).
Under the LBPP, the MPA has provided various companies with grants of up to S$2 million per LNG-powered vessel constructed.
"This successful operation by FueLNG attests to Singapore's ability to provide safe, efficient, and reliable LNG bunkering in the Port… As the leading bunkering port in the world, MPA is committed to cater to the future energy needs of the global shipping industry via cleaner, alternative sources of fuels such as LNG. We will continue to work closely with our stakeholders to develop our capabilities in preparation for a larger uptake of LNG bunkering in the future,” Andrew Tan, Chief Executive of MPA, said.