Singapore’s SLNG advances LNG bunkering preparation with first small-scale reload


Singapore LNG has carried out its first small scale LNG gas-up/cool down and reload operation at its terminal on Jurong Island, strengthening its infrastructure as the country gears up for LNG bunkering.

“The successful completion of our first small-scale LNG reload operation is significant as it demonstrates the SLNG Terminal’s ability to play the role of LNG supply hub for the region,” SLNG CEO John Ng said in a statement Tuesday.

“The terminal is able to break LNG cargoes into smaller parcels and facilitate deliveries of small volumes of LNG to other terminals in the region, or as bunker fuel to ships in our port,” he added.

The gas-up/cool down and reload operation was performed over June 18-20 for the newly built 6,500 cu m Cardissa — an LNG bunker vessel owned by Shell and co-financed by the European Union’s Connecting Europe Facility — which will serve customers in northwest Europe, SLNG said in the statement.

Located on a 40-hectare plot at the southern-most tip of Jurong Island, Singapore LNG Terminal is the first open-access, multi-user LNG facility in Asia.

It began commercial operations in May 2013 and its primary mandate has been to provide throughput services for the domestic market.

SLNG is also exploring possible modifications to its secondary jetty, to accommodate LNG vessels as small as 2,000 cu m, Ng said. “This is expected to come on stream in 2019,” he added.

In April, SLNG had also launched the city-state’s first LNG truck-loading facility jointly with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore.

Located within the SLNG Terminal on Jurong Island, the single-bay facility is an important first step in developing the LNG trucking business in Singapore, helping to facilitate truck-to-ship LNG bunkering, MPA had said in April.

Source: Platts

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