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QP begins supply of very-low-sulphur fuel oil at RLIC Port

QP begins supply of very-low-sulphur fuel oil at RLIC Port

Tribune News Network
Doha
Qatar Petroleum has started the supply of very-low-sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) at the Ras Laffan Industrial City (RLIC) Port.
The VLSFO marine fuel offering has been initiated in advance of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) 2020 regulation for a 0.50 percent global sulphur limit for marine fuels, which will come into effect on January 1, 2020.
Qatar Petroleum, in conjunction with Qatar Fuel (Woqod), initiated bunkering services in Qatar in June 2017 with the importation of its maiden HFO cargo (RMG 380 CST 3.5 percent sulphur) in order to cater for the bunkering needs of both Qatargas’ LNG fleet and other vessels calling to Ras Laffan and the region.
From June 2017 through August 2019, Qatar Petroleum has successfully supplied over 1.5 million tonnes of marine fuel to RLIC Port, which allows the further servicing for marine fuel at both RLIC Port and other ports in Qatar.
“Effective immediately, we are proud to announce the availability of VLSFO ahead of the IMO 2020 regulation target date,” Qatar Petroleum said in a statement on Monday.
“Qatar Petroleum continues to invite all vessel owners and operators seeking IMO 2020 compliant VLSFO to avail the services available at RLIC Port and other ports in the State whenever their vessels are calling at or passing by any of Qatar’s ports.” Highlighting the milestone, Minister of State for Energy Affairs and President and CEO of Qatar Petroleum HE Saad Sherida al Kaabi said, “Qatar Petroleum continues to strive to achieve the highest environmental standards and to implement the best industry practices to help minimize environmental impacts. We are proud to be one of the first countries to limit the availability of marine fuels to only grades that are compliant with the International Maritime Organization’s 2020 regulation for a 0.50% global Sulphur limit.
“We hope this constitutes a major step towards protecting the regional and global environment in line with environmental objectives of Qatar National Vision 2030.”

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