Singapore LNG Corporation (SLNG) and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) jointly launched the nation’s first LNG Truck Loading Facility on April 12.
Located within the SLNG Terminal on Jurong Island, the single-bay facility is an important first step towards developing the LNG trucking business in Singapore, which also helps to facilitate truck-to-ship LNG bunkering.
John Ng, Chief Executive Officer of SLNG, said, “While it is still too early to tell how fast or how far these businesses will grow, the prospects look good, particularly for LNG bunkering.” As the demand grows and there is a viable business case, the SLNG Terminal’s design masterplan provides for at least another four truck loading bays to be built.
Andrew Tan, Chief Executive of the MPA, said, “As the leading bunkering hub in the world, we need to ensure that we cater to the future energy needs of the global shipping industry by providing cleaner, alternative sources of fuel. While it may take time for LNG to take off as a marine fuel globally, we have taken steps to kick-start LNG bunkering in Singapore through our LNG Bunkering Pilot Programme.
“The completion of the truck loading facility marks another important milestone, as it will enable truck-to-ship LNG bunkering in Singapore. MPA will continue to work with our stakeholders to put in place a framework to provide safe, efficient and reliable LNG bunkering in the Port of Singapore.”
The MPA is confident of the longer-term appeal that LNG as a marine fuel has. It continues to develop the LNG bunkering market in Singapore as well as work with other international port authorities to build a network of ports around the world to make available LNG as a bunker fuel.
In 2016, the MPA awarded LNG bunker supplier licenses to Pavilion Gas and to a joint proposal between Keppel Offshore & Marine and BG Group.
At the time, it agreed to develop the necessary infrastructure for them to begin supplying LNG bunker to vessels in Singapore in early 2017.
The MPA has also signed a memorandum of cooperation with Japan's Ports and Harbours Bureau to promote co-operation in various areas including LNG bunkering.