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Singapore will soon be in ammonia bunkering business

A green ambition since March has commenced its journey

Decarbonisation lobbying has catalysed the maritime industry to go for net zero, resulting in many nations exploring green ammonia as alternative marine fuel. Since March, Singapore harboured the ambition to pioneer the world’s first ship-to-ship ammonia bunkering base to facilitate the mission.

Journey to green shipping
Sumitomo Corporation and Keppel FELS, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M), recently announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing to explore the feasibility and implementation of various ammonia fuel applications in Singapore.

Ammonia has been a popular replacement fuel explored for net zero goals. Its composition of hydrogen and nitrogen enables zero carbon dioxide (CO₂) emission, hence touted to be the next generation’s marine fuel. Through this MOU, both parties will commence work on implementing ammonia bunkering in Singapore, with hopes to make it commercially effective in the mid-2020s. The companies will also work hand-in-hand with relevant authorities to accelerate the process.

Hajime Mori, Energy Innovation Initiative Director of Sumitomo Corporation, said, “We are delighted to cooperate with Keppel O&M on ammonia bunkering and its business opportunities in Singapore. In line with our basic environment policy that aims to make the Sumitomo Corporation Group carbon neutral in 2050, we would like to pursue this business with Keppel O&M group to achieve our common goal.”

Tan Leong Peng, Managing Director (New Builds), Keppel O&M added, “We are pleased to collaborate with Sumitomo Corporation, which will deepen Keppel O&M’s decarbonisation efforts. Keppel O&M is working with its partners and leveraging its engineering expertise, bunkering experience, and new build capabilities to develop the ammonia bunkering ecosystem for the marine industry. We are also applying our research in ammonia to advance adjacent solutions in green energy generation. This is in line with Keppel’s Vision 2030, which includes seizing opportunities in new energy.”

As Singapore aspires to reduce energy consumption, improve energy efficiency and transition its towards net-zero emissions, limited land space remains one of the critical challenges in the implementation of large-scale green energy. One of the solutions that Sumitomo Corporation and Keppel O&M will be exploring is the use of green energy such as ammonia for offshore power generation in Singapore.

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