Singapore's First LNG Truck Loading Facility Ready for Operations
Facility will serve LNG bunkering and businesses requiring small volumes
of natural gas
Singapore LNG Corporation Pte Ltd (SLNG) and Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) jointly launched the nation’s first Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Truck Loading Facility during a ceremony held on 12 April 2017, at the SLNG Terminal. The launch, which was officiated by Chief Executive Officer of SLNG, Mr John Ng, and Chief Executive of MPA, Mr Andrew Tan, marks the readiness of the facility for operations. SLNG and MPA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the Singapore International Bunkering Conference and Exhibition (SIBCON) 2016 to collaborate on the construction of this facility.
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. 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.
Commenting at the launch, Mr 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.”
Mr 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.“
SLNG CEO John Ng and MPA CE Andrew Tan unveiling the plaque at the Launch of Singapore’s first LNG Truck Loading Facility
Aerial view of Singapore’s first LNG Truck Loading Facility
SLNG and MPA staff celebrating the Launch of Singapore’s first LNG Truck Loading Facility
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About Singapore LNG Corporation Pte Ltd
Singapore LNG Corporation Pte Ltd (SLNG) was incorporated by the Energy Market Authority of Singapore in June 2009 to build, own and operate Singapore’s very first open-access, multi-user LNG Terminal. This is a key national infrastructure that supports Singapore’s energy diversification strategy and future economic development in the energy sector. The Terminal began commercial operations in May 2013 and its primary mandate is to provide Throughput Services for the domestic market. Beyond this, SLNG also offers ancillary services such as Vessel Cool-down, Storage & Reload, and LNG Trucking services. SLNG will continuously explore new LNG business opportunities as it pursues its vision to be a world-class LNG terminal operator enabling the growth of the energy market and LNG hub in Singapore.
For more information, please visit www.slng.com.sg
About the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) was established on 2 February 1996, with the mission to develop Singapore as a premier global hub port and international maritime centre (IMC), and to advance and safeguard Singapore's strategic maritime interests. MPA is the driving force behind Singapore's port and maritime development, taking on the roles of Port Authority, Port Regulator, Port Planner, IMC Champion, and National Maritime Representative. MPA partners the industry and other agencies to enhance safety, security and environmental protection in our port waters, facilitate port operations and growth, expand the cluster of maritime ancillary services, and promote maritime R&D and manpower development.