Evol LNG completes Australia’s first LNG bunkering

Sarah Carter
Sarah Carter

22 February 2017

Australia’s first commercial LNG bunkering completed in Western Australia’s north‐west by EVOL LNG for Woodside, and it has now been followed by the first LNG bunkering at Fremantle Port.

Under an agreement with Woodside Energy, EVOL LNG, part of Wesfarmers Chemicals, Energy and Fertilizers, successfully refueled Siem Offshore Australia Pty Ltd.'s SiemThiima, the first LNG‐fueled platform supply vessel in Australia.

EVOL LNG’s Business Manager, Nick Rea sees it as just the beginning. “LNG is a cleaner fuel than marine diesel, emitting 25 per cent less carbon dioxide, less nitrogen oxides and almost zero sulphur oxides and particulates, which largely addresses emission concerns for the shipping industry and avoids expensive and complicated scrubbing systems.”

“With growing demand for lower emission fuels over the past decade, we’ve seen the number of LNG‐fuelled ships in operation worldwide increase steadily from a handful to more than 75, with an additional 80 expected to be built in the next three years.”

Rea expects around 80 LNG-fueled vessels to be built in the next three years.

The Siem Thiima bunkering was carried out under what is EVOL LNG's second major Australian port bunkering license. Issued by the Pilbara Ports Authority, it permitting LNG bunkering at King Bay Supply Base and transport through the Port of Dampier. EVOL LNG's first LNG bunkering license was issued by Fremantle Ports in July last year.

As emission reduction efforts continued to become more important globally, including in Australia, the adoption of LNG as a low emission marine fuel was expected to increase.