Wood­side in push for LNG

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

The Siem Thi­ima LNG-diesel-fu­elled sup­ply ves­sel.

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