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China's first LNG vessel refuelling station put into operation

Author : PCEC

25 November 2021

On November 20, China's first coastal LNG vessel refuelling station, which was built and operated by CNOOC Gas & Power Group, was officially put into operation.

Image: CNOOC
Image: CNOOC

Compared with other fossil fuels, LNG-powered vessels can reduce annual emissions of sulphur oxides, suspended particulate matter by 100%, and nitrogen oxides by 90%, whilst also reducing fuel costs, CNOOC says.

At present, CNOOC is actively cooperating with local governments to promote the development of a "green shipping" industry. The promotion of LNG powered vessels plays an important role in continuously improving the air quality of coastal and inland cities, as well as protecting inland river and marine environments. The average contribution of air pollutant emissions from ships to PM2.5 in ports and coastal cities is 1%-10%, and it can reach 50% at peak times. China's Ministry of Transport has set up emission control zones for air pollutants from vessels.

From January 2019, vessels entering China's emission control zones had to use marine fuel with a sulphur content of no more than 0.5%. From 1 January 2022, vessels entering Hainan waters in China's coastal controlled area should use marine fuel with a sulphur content of no more than 0.1%.

Wei Hua, Director of the Consulting & Evaluation Centre of CIER (CNOOC Institute of Energy Economics Research) said: "The promotion of LNG-powered vessels can reduce the emissions of sulphur oxide and nitrogen oxide from vessels effectively. The use of LNG vessels can also protect the atmospheric environment of Hainan and the Marine environment of the South China Sea preferably. The LNG vessels refuelling station will lay a solid foundation for the development of the industry in the future."

The LNG vessel refuelling station put into operation is a modularisation in skid-mounted package refuelling station with a designed annual refuelling scale of 25,000 tons. It has the benefits of small investment, short construction period, small occupation area and no new shoreline. The maximum refuelling capacity of the refuelling station is 54 cubic metres per hour, which is equivalent to the efficiency of refuelling diesel fuel.

Since the trial operation on March 15 this year, the station has refuelled two LNG-powered vessels 10 times each in a safe way. With the implementation of the CNOOC clean energy vessel project, six LNG-powered vessels are expected to be put into service in the South China Sea by the end of the year.

Gao Jinlu, Principal of CNOOC Gas & Power Group in Hainan province, said: "CNOOC Gas & Power Group will give full play to the first-mover advantage in the LNG industry, actively build a LNG vessels refuelling network around Hainan Island, and vigorously promote the use of LNG as power for vessels. We will take practical actions to help clean up the fuel in the field of ships in Hainan. "

Wang Dongjin, Chairman of CNOOC, said: "CNOOC will increase its natural gas supply capacity, accelerate the establishment and improvement of the new energy industry system, and actively promote the green and low-carbon transformation of energy."

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