Trio working on LNG tech for offshore, marine, and energy sectors

Sembcorp Marine, ABS and A*STAR’s Institute of High-Performance Computing (IHPC) are partnering up to develop new technologies, applications, and capabilities in the offshore, marine, and energy sectors aiming that will promote the adoption of LNG as a globally preferred fuel.

Through this collaboration, the three partners aim to make LNG more accessible, reliable, and safer for industry and domestic consumption.

Under the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed on Wednesday atSembcorp Marine Tanjong Kling Yard, the technology partners have agreed to cooperate in Development of Market-ready LNG Solutions; LNG Technology Development; and Development of LNG-related Capabilities.

Sembcorp Marine and ABS will work on the approval and certification of Sembcorp Marine’s gas value chain solutions for small-scale LNG applications, such as LNG-battery hybrid tugs, LNG bunker vessels, and LNG terminals.

To enhance these solutions further, Sembcorp Marine will tap the gas expertise and simulation capabilities of ABS and IHPC respectively.

Furthermore, Sembcorp Marine, ABS, and IHPC will focus on offshore LNG processing, transfer and containment, and new applications of LNG as a sustainable fuel. Through various joint developmental projects, they also seek to augment the safety and reliability of LNG for offshore applications.

The technology partners will develop and conduct training and technical workshops through the Sembcorp Marine Academy to build and hone specialized knowledge and skill sets supporting the growth of LNG technology-related businesses.

According to a statement on Wednesday, the research collaboration will see the partners leveraging one another’s domain expertise, namely, Sembcorp Marine’s offshore, marine and energy value chain solutions; ABS’s LNG certification and experience in applying operational technology; and IHPC’s expertise in high-performance computing, system modeling and advanced simulation.

Advancing LNG as preferred fuel

Sembcorp Marine President & CEO Wong Weng Sun said: “While the benefits of LNG as an environmentally sustainable and affordable fuel are conclusive, we can do much more in the offshore, marine and energy sectors to advance its adoption as a preferred fuel for global consumption.

“I am therefore excited that Sembcorp Marine is working with ABS and IHPC to spearhead the development of new gas technologies, applications, and solutions that could expedite this outcome. I am also very pleased that our Tuas Boulevard Yard will be a test-bed for the various projects identified. We certainly have a lot to look forward to in this collaboration, and I wish the technology partners a resounding success.”

“As a global leader in gas, ABS is collaborating with innovative companies and organizations such as Sembcorp Marine and IHPC, to support the delivery of technologies that minimize the environmental impact of shipping,” said Tony Nassif, ABS Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

Professor Tan Sze Wee, Executive Director of A*STAR’s Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC), said: “As Singapore’s leading public sector R&D agency, A*STAR is committed to supporting large local enterprises like Sembcorp Marine to innovate and develop new technologies and capabilities.

By driving R&D that encourages the adoption of LNG as a sustainable fuel, Sembcorp Marine will continue to have a competitive advantage in the global economy. With ABS, a renowned international body, on board, this collaboration is an exciting one with the potential to transform the offshore, marine and energy sectors, both locally and abroad.”

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