CNOOC Gas & Power operates a coastal LNG ship bunkering station2 min read
On November 20, CNOOC Gas & Power Group has commenced the operation of the coastal LNG ship bunkering station in the Macun Port Terminal, Hainan Province, which marks the first coastal LNG ship bunkering station in China.
The maritime industry is accelerating on reducing GHG emissions in line with the EEDI Phase 3 from IMO. Switching to LNG as a marine fuel can achieve an advantage in enhancing overall air quality.
In these years, LNG as a marine fuel is widely used on vessels. The vessel is designed with an LNG-ready concept. Together with that, LNG bunkering infrastructure is continually improving.
Promoting the LNG as marine fuel in China
LNG typically produces lower emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and no nitrogen oxides (NOx), particulate matter (PM), or sulfur oxides (SOx).
The commissioning of this bunkering station is a major step in the domestic coastal LNG ship bunkering station. LNG bunkering is a key role in promoting the use of LNG in the marine industry.
Wei Hua, Director of the Consulting and Evaluation Center of CNOOC Energy Economic Research Institute, said: “The promotion of LNG-powered ships can effectively reduce the emissions of sulfur oxides and nitrogen oxides from ships, and better protect the atmospheric environment of Hainan and the marine environment of the South China Sea. It has great potential for future development. The operation of the LNG bunkering station in Macun has laid a solid foundation for the future development of the industry.”
The designed annual bunkering capacity of the Macun LNG ship bunkering station is 25,000 tons. The maximum bunkering capacity is 54 cubic meters per hour, which is equivalent to that of diesel fuel.
The pilot test at the station took place on March 15 this year. Until now, the station has accomplished 12 safe bunkering for the two LNG-powered ships “HAI YANG SHI YOU 550” and “HAI YANG SHI YOU 551″.