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Singapore’s first LNG truck loading facility ready for operations

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Singapore LNG Corp. Pte Ltd (SLNG) has announced that, alongside the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), it has jointly launched the nation’s first LNG truck loading facility at the SLNG Terminal.

The ceremony was held on 12 April 2017, and was officiated by John Ng – the CEO of SLNG – and Andrew Tan – the Chief Executive of MPA. This follows a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that was signed at the Singapore International Bunkering Conference and Exhibition (SIBCON) 2016, and signals the readiness of the facility for operations.

The single-bay facility is located at the SLNG Terminal on Jurong Island, and marks a significant step towards the development of the LNG trucking business in Singapore. It will also help to facilitate truck-to-ship LNG bunkering operations.

The facility enables small amounts of LNG to be transported across land to almost anywhere that it is required, including industrial plants that are not connected to the pipeline network, as well as locations within the port where LNG can be delivered to ships for use as fuel.

John Ng said: “SLNG is proud to have been able to develop this facility with the support of the MPA and in doing so, help to concurrently kick-start the development of LNG trucking and LNG bunkering in Singapore. While it is still too early to tell how fast or how far these businesses will grow, the prospects look good, particularly for LNG bunkering. SLNG will remain committed to do its part, within its capabilities, to nurture the growth of these trades. As the demand grows and there is a viable business case, the SLNG Terminal’s design masterplan provides for at least another four truck loading bays to be built.”

Andrew Tan added: “As the leading bunkering hub in the world, we need to ensure that we cater to the future energy needs of the global shipping industry by providing cleaner, alternative sources of fuel. While it may take time for LNG to take off as a marine fuel globally, we have taken steps to kick-start LNG bunkering in Singapore through our LNG Bunkering Pilot Programme. The completion of the truck loading facility marks another important milestone as it will enable truck-to-ship LNG bunkering in Singapore. MPA will continue to work with our stakeholders to put in place a framework to provide safe, efficient and reliable LNG bunkering in the Port of Singapore.”

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