Clean technology engineering company Genoil says that Lloyd’s Register’s – Fuel Oil Bunker Analysis and Advisory Service (FOBAS) has witnessed the outcome of a demonstration of its Hydroconversion Upgrader.
The desulphurisation process was stated to reduce the sulphur content of a high sulphur heavy fuel oil (HSFO) from 1.72% sulphur content to 0.38%, which is compliant with the impending IMO 0.50% marine fuel sulphur limit.
FOBAS product manager Muhammad Usman said: ”Although LR did not have full visibility of the technical approach used by Genoil’s process or demonstration and was not present throughout, the sample analysed from the output sample of the demonstration was 0.38% m/m, in comparison to the feedstock used for the process which was stated to be an ISO-F-RMG380 fuel with sulphur content of 1.7% m/m.”
David Lifschultz, CEO of Genoil, added: “Gaining independent verification from a renowned shipping classification society of the product characteristics of the supplied sample at entry to the GHU process and the end product at completion of the process is a significant step for Genoil in proving to the industry that there is a less expensive means of ensuing compliance with 2020 regulations that doesn’t require paying a large premium for distillate fuels, or investing millions of dollars of capital, which may never see full payback,
In scrubber technology or LNG. And because the GHU produces fuel with the same properties of heavy fuel oil minus the sulphur content, it also reduces the risk of engine damage, which so many in the industry are concerned with in relation to new hybrid distillate products.”
Genoil says it conducted a successful demonstration run of the upgrader in October and November last year for Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) at Genoil’s demonstration facility hosted by the UFA Scientific Research Institute of Petroleum Refining and Petrochemistry located in Bashkortostan.