BG Group and Keppel Offshore & Marine have secured the license to supply LNG bunker to vessels in the Port of Singapore after submitting a joint bid to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore. With the granting of the license, BG Group and Keppel will form a 50-50 joint venture to deliver an end-to-end bunkering solution using LNG sourced from BG Group's diversified LNG portfolio.
Steve Hill, Executive Vice President, Global Energy Marketing and Shipping at BG Group commented 'Singapore is one of the world's most important strategic ports and we look forward to supplying LNG as a fuel for ships in this key market with first delivery expected in 2017. LNG produces considerably lower emissions than conventional marine fuel and can significantly reduce a vessel's environmental impact. We look forward to working with Keppel on the safe and reliable supply of this cleaner fuel source and the ongoing development of Singapore as a leading hub for LNG in Asia.'
The new venture builds on BG Group's existing role as the exclusive aggregator for Singapore's first 3 million tonnes per annum of LNG demand. Following the start of commercial operations at Singapore LNG Corporation's LNG terminal in May 2013, BG Group has to date delivered 72 cargoes into Singapore from its global LNG portfolio, helping the country to safely diversify its energy sources and increase security of supply. The partnership with Keppel also builds on their expertise in offshore rig design, construction and repair; ship repair and conversion; and specialised ship building.