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AUSTRALIA MOVES FORWARD ON LNG AS MARINE FUEL

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 

The Perth, Australia-based LNG Marine Fuel Institute (LNG MFI) has welcomed a move by Pilbara Port Authority (PPA) to issue ship-to-ship LNG bunkering licences to Woodside Energy.

CEO of LNG MFI Margot Matthews said PPA and Woodside have executed non-exclusive licences to provide ship-to-ship LNG bunkering services at the ports of Port Hedland and Dampier, the first licences of their type issued in Australia.

“Since 2017 LNG MFI has worked to bring together key players to develop a cleaner marine fuel industry in Australia as we lower emissions for a better future and it’s exciting to see this now moving full steam ahead,” Matthews said.

Pilbara Ports Authority’s GM Development and Trade, Lyle Banks, said: “Western Australia is well-placed to become an LNG bunkering hub, with LNG production facilities close to large iron ore mining operations and the many hundreds of ocean-going vessels that use ports in the Pilbara region.”

Woodside EVP Marketing for Trading and Shipping, Reinhardt Matisons, described working with Pilbara Ports Authority to finalise LNG bunkering licences “as a key step in developing an LNG fuels industry” in WA.

The latest company to join LNG MFI's growing coalition of companies committed to LNG as the primary marine fuel in the transition to carbon-free shipping is Chart Industries. Matthews said that as a key equipment and systems provider in applications that utilise LNG for clean-burning and economical natural gas, Chart Industries will bring valuable insight, background and experience to the Institute. “LNG MFI is excited to have Chart Industries come on board as our newest member. LNG bunkering requires flexibility particularly in these early stages of development and Chart Industries has the experience we need in the design and installation of small scale LNG equipment and systems.”

As well as bunker stations and terminals, Chart provides onboard fuelling systems for LNG powered vessels and includes the Francisco high-speed ferry amongst its references.

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