Singapore LNG Corp. (SLNG) has performed its first vessel cool-down service, following an agreement signed with MISC Berhad, a Malaysian shipping company.
This cool-down was performed on one of MISC’s LNG ships, the Seri Bakti.
The announcement is an important milestone for SLNG towards expanding its portfolio of services to optimise the use of the LNG terminal’s facilities, and for Singapore to eventually develop into a regional gas hub.
SLNG has been providing throughput services to Aggregator, BG Singapore Gas Marketing Pte Ltd, and its customers since it began commercial operations in May. Throughput services include the berthing of LNG ships at the terminal; unloading of LNG into storage tanks; temporary storage of LNG; regasification of lNG into gas, and sending regasified LNG into the gas pipelines network.
There are several reasons why an LNG carrier would need to cool-down its tanks. For example, when an LNG carrier is newly built, or when it comes out of dry-dock, its tanks are at ambient temperatures. Therefore, the tanks need to be cooled down, using small quantities of LNG, before the LNG carrier can proceed to load its first or next LNG cargo.
Neil McGregor, Chief Executive Officer of SLNG, said: “Singapore is a major ship repair and maintenance centre and there is a natural synergy between the ship yard and our vessel cool-down services – LNG ships coming into Singapore for repairs will find it convenient and cost-effective to undergo vessel cool-down at our terminal; conversely, the availability of vessel cool-down services in Singapore enhances its attractiveness for LNG ships to undergo repairs here.”
McGregor continued: “On top of these, Singapore’s providential geographical location, right in the middle of major LNG shipping routes and in close proximity to key shipbuilding centres such as South Korea, Japan and China, will further help to attract customers for these Services.”
Edited from various sources by Callum O'Reilly
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