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Singapore LNG truck loading facility launched

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Singapore LNG Corp. Pte Ltd (SLNG) and Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) have jointly launched the country’s first LNG truck loading facility.

SLNG and MPA had previously signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the Singapore International Bunkering Conference and Exhibition (SIBCON) 2016 to collaborate on the construction of this facility.

The LNG truck loading facility is located within the SLNG terminal on Jurong Island. The single-bay facility is seen as an important first step towards developing the LNG trucking business in Singapore, which also helps to facilitate truck-to-ship LNG bunkering.

The facility allows small quantities of LNG to be transported overland to just about any location where it may be needed. This may include industrial plants that could use natural gas for furnaces and burners but are not connected to the gas pipeline network, and locations in the port from where LNG may be delivered to ships for use as fuel.

The CEO of SLNG, John Ng, said: “SLNG is proud to have been able to develop this facility with the support of the MPA and in doing so, help to concurrently kick-start the development of LNG trucking and LNG bunkering in Singapore. 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. SLNG will remain committed to do its part, within its capabilities, to nurture the growth of these trades. 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.”

The Chief Executive of MPA, Andrew Tan, added: “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."

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