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Woodside backs LNG as marine fuel

Speaking at an event in Perth this week, Woodside COO Meg O’Neill said Woodside had been working hard to facilitate the growth of LNG as a marine fuel and the rest of the market was now following suit.

“This is a story that is much bigger than Woodside,” she said.

“It’s about Western Australia grasping an opportunity to take advantage of international developments to derive both economic and environmental benefits from its natural resources.

“This state has world-class LNG supplies close to the busiest bulk commodity trading route in the world, shipping iron ore exports to Asia.”

Ms O’Neill cited a report from consultant Energetics which found iron carriers could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to one third by using LNG instead of oil as fuel.

“This could yield greenhouse gas savings of up to 5.8 million t of carbon dioxide equivalent per year if all iron ore exports from the Pilbara were shipped using Pluto LNG,” she said.

“That’s equal to taking 1.8 million cars in Australia off the road. Emissions of sulphur oxide and particulate matter would be reduced by more than 95 per cent and nitrogen oxide by an estimated 85 per cent.

“The environmental prize is large – and so is the size of the economic prize. The potential market for LNG as a marine fuel is vast.”

Woodside took possession of its first LNG-fuelled vessel, the Siem Thiima, in 2017, while BHP recently announced a tender for LNG-fuelled transport for up to 27 million t of its iron ore.

For more information visit the Woodside website.

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