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EVOL LNG to bunker LNG at Freemantle Port

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EVOL LNG has released a statement claiming that it has been approved by Freemantle Ports to bunker LNG. The announcement follows the news in April that Woodside has signed a five-year charter agreement with Norway’s Siem Offshore Australia Pty Ltd to deliver Australia’s first LNG-powered marine support vessel in 2017. EVOL will source the fuel from its Kwinana LNG plant, which is located south of Perth, Australia. The company claims that it will be able refuel the vessels at a rate of 45 tph.

Nick Rea, the Business Manager at EVOL, said: “Our decision to provide LNG bunkering to the shipping industry is based on a long-term strategy.

“Over the past decade, we’ve seen the number of LNG-fuelled ships in operation worldwide increase steadily from a handful to more than 70, with an additional 80 to be built in coming years.”

Rea noted that emissions regulations, including emission control areas (ECAs) in Europe and North America, have helped to drive growth. He added that LNG was expected to demonstrate better returns than low-sulfur fuels or by installing exhaust scrubber systems.

Rea said: “LNG is a cleaner fuel than marine diesel, emitting 25% less carbon dioxide, less nitrogen oxides, almost zero sulfur oxides, as well as fewer harmful particulates.

“As emission reduction efforts continue to increase in importance, including in Australia, we expect the adoption of LNG as a low emission marine fuel to increase. Apart from the environmental benefits, we expect to see a widening gap in the fuel price spread, as well as the cost of LNG-fuelled ships reducing as the technology matures. The business case for ship owners to invest in LNG-fuelled ships is becoming more and more compelling.”

“We”re looking forward to working with Fremantle Ports and believe it is well-placed to support future LNG-fuelled workboats servicing Fremantle, the offshore oil and gas fields in the north west of WA, as well as itinerant LNG-fuelled vessels travelling between Australia and south-east Asia.

“If interest is there, EVOL LNG will obtain licenses from other major Australian and regional WA ports to conduct LNG bunkering operations.

“It’s certainly an offering we’d like to expand, particularly as truck-to-ship LNG bunkering can be achieved without the need for new fixed infrastructure to be built.

“We have been operating in the LNG industry for more than a decade now, with an excellent safety record, and will apply this experience and knowledge to our bunkering operations.”

Edited from press release by David Rowlands

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