Woodside in push for LNG
Woodside is hoping to open the marine industry’s eyes to the benefits of liquefied natural gas as a fuel source as the company pushes ahead with plans to power the Pilbara’s iron ore and oil and gas sectors with LNGfired engines.
Visiting Dampier last week to tour the Siem Thiima LNG-diesel-fuelled supply vessel, Woodside chief operations officer Michael Utsler said LNG had the potential to fuel much larger ships.
“We have been working on a joint industry project with Rio Tinto, BHP, FMG, Mitsubishi shipping and Shanghai Ship Designs to actually develop an LNG-powered dry bulk carrier that could be used for iron ore carrying purposes between the Pilbara and China,” he said.
“(The Newcastle Max) is undergoing class approvals from a design standpoint and we hope to encourage the building of the first of those in the later part of 2017, or early 2018.”
Mr Utsler said Woodside would convert, where practical, all its offshore supply vessels to LNG dual fuel over the next five years.
The Siem Thiima LNG-diesel-fuelled supply vessel.