Alfa Laval PureSOx prepared to comply with sulphur fuel cap

Malcolm Latarche
Malcolm Latarche

15 July 2016


Alfa Laval is ready to help customers meet a global 0.5% sulphur fuel limit, no matter what the outcome of the MEPC70 meeting. The new Alfa Laval PureSOx Global is part of a major expansion of the PureSOx platform that will be released at SMM in Hamburg. Alfa Laval launched the original Alfa Laval PureSOx far in advance of today’s Emission Control Area (ECA) legislation. In the same way, the company is prepared to guide customers to 0.5% fuel sulphur compliance long before such a limit is implemented. Whether the decision is taken at October’s MEPC70 meeting or postponed until 2025, Alfa Laval has a solution in place. At this year’s SMM exhibition, a major expansion of the PureSOx platform will be presented at Alfa Laval’s stand (Hall A1, Stand A1.226). PureSOx Global will be introduced for 0.5%S compliance, taking its place beside the existing PureSOx ECA system for 0.1%S compliance. In addition, there will be a PureSOx Flex system offering compliance at both levels. “Scrubbers are the proven route to compliance, whereas the costs and infrastructure associated with LNG remain uncertain,” says René Diks, Manager Marketing & Sales, Exhaust Gas Cleaning. “For owners or operators of a big fleet, now is the time to start investigating options and to consider gaining experience with a first scrubber installation.” The current PureSOx technology will continue to be used throughout the expanded PureSOx platform. Likewise, the PureSOx Global, PureSOx Flex and PureSOx ECA versions will all be available in open-loop, closed-loop and hybrid arrangements, with either U-design or inline I-design scrubbers. All versions are intended to provide payback after a maximum of three years, even considering a smaller difference in price between 0.5%S and 0.1%S fuels compared to the difference between 0.1%S fuel and HFO.