THE issuing of ship-to-ship LNG bunkering licences to Woodside Energy by Pilbara Port Authority is a major win for the industry and environment, the LNG Marine Fuel Institute says.

LNG MFI chief executive Margot Matthews said PPA and Woodside have executed non-exclusive licences to provide ship-to-ship LNG bunkering services at the ports of Port Hedland and Dampier.

 “Since 2017 LNG MFI has worked to bring together key players to develop a cleaner marine fuel industry in Australia as we lower emissions for a better future and it’s exciting to see this now moving full steam ahead,” Ms Matthews said.

 PPA general manager development and trade, Lyle Banks, said the Authority had issued three licences for LNG bunkering operations in the Pilbara.

“In addition to Woodside’s ship-to-ship licences, a truck-to-ship LNG bunkering licence was issued to Evol LNG in early 2017,” Mr Banks said.

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 “Western Australia is well-placed to become an LNG bunkering hub, with LNG production facilities close to large iron ore mining operations and the many hundreds of ocean-going vessels that use ports in the Pilbara region.”

 Woodside executive vice president marketing for trading and shipping, Reinhardt Matisons, described working with PPA to finalise LNG bunkering licences “as a key step in developing an LNG fuels industry” in WA.

 “Woodside is finalising plans for an LNG bunkering operation in the Pilbara to capture the significant environmental and economic benefits of using LNG, instead of fuel oil, for the busy iron ore shipping trade,” Mr Matisons said. “We continue to work with potential customers on this opportunity.”

 “While there’s no single pathway to a low emissions future, expanding the use of LNG as a transition marine fuel is one way to help reduce greenhouse gases from shipping and help reduce this country’s environmental footprint,” Ms Matthews added.

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