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Monday, June 15, 2020 

An agreement signed by Yantian District Government, PetroChina, Shenzhen Gas Group and Yantian Port Group will pave the way for the establishment of Shenzhen International LNG Marine Fueling Center, China's first offshore LNG fuelling centre for ocean-going vessels.

The planned bunkering facility would be able to handle 230,000t of LNG (liquefied natural gas) annually, with scope to expand this to a capacity of 2 million tonnes. Local reports say that the Yantian fuelling centre would attract more LNG-fuelled vessels to call at Chinese ports, build up Shenzhen Port’s strength as a green and intelligent sea port hub and consolidate its position as an oceanic transportation centre in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. It would upgrade the port from a container logistics facility to a complete shipping hub.

“From energy saving and emission reduction perspective, the use of the LNG will reduce 86% of sulphur and 76% of nitrogen oxide compared with traditional fuel, so it has strong impetus for green development,” said Li Guodong, deputy chief of Yantian Maritime Safety Administration.

The China Maritime Safety Administration has previously announced measures supporting emission reduction technologies and building a vessel pollution monitoring network. Since the implementation of emissions control measures in October 2016, Shenzhen Port is estimated to have cut 18,000t of pollutants from vessel emissions, achieving air quality in the Shenzhen Port area that is higher than the national standards.

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