Singapore-based LNG ( liquefied natural gas) player, Pavilion Energy announced on 2 May that it has performed the first commercial ship-to-ship LNG bunkering in the Port of Singapore. The operation comprised a reload of 2,000 cubic meters of LNG onto a small-scale tanker at the newly-modified Secondary Jetty of the Singapore LNG (SLNG) Terminal. This was followed by a ship-to-ship transfer to the receiving heavy-lift commercial vessel. This milestone was achieved in collaboration with the Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) and SLNG Corporation, the owner, developer and operator of the terminal.
Pavilion Energy is a fully-owned subsidiary of Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, Temasek. Pavilion Energy’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Pavilion Gas, is a licensed LNG bunker supplier in the Port of Singapore. Pavilion Energy demonstrated its truck-to-ship bunkering capabilities in 2017, and further expanded its bunker logistics with the charter of its first LNG bunker vessel newbuild in February 2019. The 12,000 cubic meter GTT Mark III Flex membrane LNG bunker vessel is set for delivery by 2021, and is the largest of its kind set for use in the Port of Singapore to date.
More than 95% of Singapore’s electricity is generated using imported natural gas. Traditionally, 100% of these natural gases were imported from neighboring countries Malaysia and Indonesia through pipelines. However, Indonesia and Malaysia have been facing rising energy demand and a dwindling output from ageing fields – factors that has clearly posed a threat to the energy security of Singapore. To address this, Singapore opened its first LNG terminal in 2013 and it aims to become Asia’s LNG trading hub.
(Sources: Pavilion Energy;