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Joint agreement to explore provision of LNG for north UK and North Sea customers

Michael Morrison  Orkney Islands' business development manager (5th from left) with co-operation partners Michael Morrison Orkney Islands' business development manager (5th from left) with co-operation partners

ExxonMobil, Babcock International Group, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM), Calor and Orkney Islands Council have signed an agreement to collaborate in the Caledonia LNG project, aiming to develop the infrastructure, storage and technical support needed to enable safe liquefied natural gas (LNG) operations for customers in the north of the UK and North Sea, including bunkering.

The parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding to investigate opportunities to supply LNG for marine and land-based applications.

ExxonMobil will explore the potential for its global marine network to deliver LNG bunker fuel to customers in the region as well as providing technical support and expertise to enable safe bunkering operations.

Babcock International Group will provide its experience of storage, handling and distribution of LNG, while BSM will be responsible for supervising the building, management and operation of the marine craft and related assets for the project.

Calor will investigate opportunities to supply LNG to industrial and automotive sector customers and Orkney Islands Council will supply port services and security.

'The Memorandum of Understanding is a clear indicator that ExxonMobil, Babcock International Group, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) and Calor are determined to leverage their history and expertise with LNG to work with Orkney Islands Council to maximise the possibilities for customers,' said Luca Volta, LNG venture manager at ExxonMobil Marine Fuels.

'We will also draw upon our extensive global marine network to provide our customers in northern UK and the North Sea with LNG bunker fuel.

Orkney Islands has seen a rapid rise in cruise ship arrivals in recent years and is expecting 148 cruise calls next year, almost double the number visiting in 2014.

The recent decision by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to implement a global 0.50% sulphur cap on vessel emissions in 2020 is likely to increase demand for compliant low-sulphur fuel options, which could include LNG.

 

Posted 29 November 2016

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