The peak body for the downstream gas industry has welcomed the announcement, in an Australian first, EVOL LNG will bunker Australian LNG at Fremantle Port.
Gas Energy Australia CEO John Griffiths said having cleaner, cheaper LNG available for ships at Fremantle Port will encourage cleaner running LNG ships from all over the world to stop and refuel.
“With LNG producing significantly less emissions, it’s good for the Australian environment” Gas Energy Australia CEO John Griffiths said today.
“At the moment, most ships and vessels in Australian waters are running on diesel oil and bunker oil which are polluting our pristine Australian waters and air.
“While comparable countries around the world are acting on both carbon and other pollutants, Australia runs the real risk for being the dumping ground for old technology clunkers.”
The investment comes after the announcement from Woodside that it had signed a five-year charter contract with Siem Offshore Australia deliver Australia’s first LNG-powered marine support vessel next year.
“The number of LNG-fuelled ships in operation is increasing as more and more people demand cleaner fuel sources,” Mr Griffiths said.
“With continued investment from companies like EVOL LNG, Australia can use its abundant natural gas resources to lead the world in natural gas fuel technology.”
Mr Griffiths said Gas Energy Australia expects LNG bunkering facilities continue to expand across Australia, particularly on the east coast to support the LNG powered SeaRoad vessel that will start operating between Victoria and Tasmania later this year.
Gas Energy Australia’s 2030 Vision for Cleaner, Cheaper Australian Fuels details steps Australian governments and industry can take to increase the role of gaseous fuels in Australia’s energy mix.