The first commercial LNG bunkering operation in Australia has been undertaken by Wesfarmers’ EVOL LNG in the north-west of the country. Under an agreement with Woodside, EVOL LNG successfully refuelled the platform supply vessel, Siem Thiima, on 23 January at King Bay Supply Base near Dampier.
Business Manager, Nick Rea said: “Our decision to enter the LNG bunkering market is part of a long-term strategy that recognises environmental and economic sustainability of LNG as a transport fuel.
It also recognises that the LNG marine fuel market is still in development so the fact EVOL has over 15 years’ experience in distributing LNG means we saw an opportunity to provide a suite of services that perhaps others can’t.”
He added: “With growing demand for lower emission fuels over the past decade, we’ve seen the number of LNG-fuelled ships in operation worldwide increase steadily from a handful to more than 75, with an additional 80 expected to be built in the next three years.”
Rea said EVOL LNG would be able to supply Fremantle customers
with LNG at a price competitive with low-sulphur marine diesel
and would be able to refuel ships at up to 45 tonnes per hour,
which is comparable to the refuelling of traditional bunker fuels.
EVOL LNG secured its second major Australian port bunkering
licence from Pilbara Ports Authority, permitting LNG bunkering at
King Bay Supply Base and transport through the Port of Dampier.
This followed its first licence from Fremantle Ports in July last year.