Canada-based fuel oil desulphurisation specialist, Genoil has announced that a successful test of its technology capabilities was recently witnessed by LR.
In a statement issued yesterday, Genoil said Lloyd’s Register has provided independent measurement on the outcome a demonstration of it’s Hydroconversion Upgrader (GHU) which reduced the sulphur content of a High Sulphur Heavy Fuel Oil (HSFO) marine fuel from 1.72% sulphur content to 0.38% - a content level that easily meets IMO’s 0.5% 2020 sulphur compliance standards.
Employing an improved patented fixed-bed reactor technology, the GHU can be built alongside existing refinery infrastructure in major bunkering hubs rather than incurring the costs to develop and build all new infrastructure.
Muhammad Usman, Lloyd’s Register, Product Manager – Fuel oil bunker analysis and advisory service (FOBAS), stated, “‘Although LR did not have full visibility of the technical approach used by Genoil’s process or demonstration and was not present throughout, the sample analysed from the output sample of the demonstration was 0.38% m/m, in comparison to the feedstock used for the process which was stated to be an ISO-F-RMG380 fuel with sulphur content of 1.7% m/m.”
David Lifschultz, CEO of Genoil., added: “Gaining independent verification from a renowned shipping classification society of the product characteristics of the supplied sample at entry to the GHU process and the end product at completion of the process is a significant step for Genoil in proving to the industry that there is a less expensive means of ensuing compliance with 2020 regulations that doesn’t require paying a large premium for distillate fuels, or investing millions of dollars of capital, which may never see full payback, in scrubber technology or LNG. And because the GHU produces fuel with the same properties of heavy fuel oil minus the sulphur content, it also reduces the risk of engine damage, which so many in the industry are concerned with in relation to new hybrid distillate products.”
It was stated that the exercise was run with conventional high sulphur RMG 380 grade sourced from Rotterdam. A sample was taken by Lloyd’s Register of the input material and sealed in a FOBAS bottle (cap seal 1834910).
The news follows another demonstration run for the GHU conducted for Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) at Genoil’s multipurpose demonstration facility hosted by the UFA Scientific Research Institute of Petroleum Refining and Petrochemistry located in Bashkortostan, conducted in October and November 2018.