Israel’s Oil Refineries have delivered its first cargo of compliant 0.5% sulphur content marine fuel, in line with IMO’s upcoming rules. Namely, the 197,000 barrel per day refinery loaded its first 30,000 tonne cargo of the low sulphur fuel. ORL now joins several other refiners that recently developed new marine fuels to comply with the new regulation.
Shell, oil major, announced that its first shipment of LNG has departed from the Prelude FLNG facility, which is based 475 kilometers North East of Broome in Western Australia. The shipment sails towards customers in Asia, delivered by Valencia Knutsen.
Chevron announced that it will bring an IMO-compliant 0.5% sulphur shipping fuel blend to the market by the end of Q3. As Chevron Fuels Technologist Monique Vermeire commented to Reuters, ‘If the shipping company is willing to try it out now we can make it available, but not for continuous purchase.’
Brazilian Petrobras informed that it will carry out tests starting in June, aiming to evaluate the production of 2020 sulphur cap compliant fuel. As the company said, it does not know the exact viscosity, but it expects it to be lower. During April, Petrobras produced its first set of 0.5% sulphur fuel oil, from its Isaac Sabba refinery in Manaus. The fuel had 0.34% sulphur content, viscosity of 323cst at 50°C and density of 932.7 kg/m3 at 15°C.
According to Rystad Energy’s statement, the oil production in the US Gulf of Mexico is poised to set new records in the imminent future. The GoM oil production was a mere 1.28 million bpd in 2013, whereas in 2018 production averaged a record high of 1.79 million bpd.
As Bloomberg reports, Royal Dutch Shell Plc plans to obtain an oil-block stake in a second deal in South Africa’s almost unexplored waters, following an important discovery that was achieved by Total SA that boosted the country’s hydrocarbon prospects.
During the annual general meetings of BP and Royal Dutch Shell this week, it was obvious that Europe’s two largest oil and gas majors are following different paths on fighting climate change and on finding ways to tackle carbon emissions, as the Financial Times report.
Royal Dutch Shell, through its subsidiary Shell Offshore Inc announced that production has began at the Shell-operated Appomattox floating production system months ahead of schedule, opening ‘a new frontier in the deep-water US Gulf of Mexico’. Appomattox is the first commercial discovery that is brought into production in the deep-water Gulf of Mexico Norphlet formation.
Shell has awarded Australian marine survey company Guardian Geomatics with a large hydrographic project utilising its fleet of unmanned surface vessels. The project is to acquire hydrographic data over an area in excess of 800km2.
As the IMO 2020 implementation day is approaching quickly, Shell informed that, in order to help operators prepare, it is offering trials for its very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) in key ports. Shell has also launched a new two-stroke engine cylinder oil specifically for use with engines running on VLSFO. Shell has already conducted 19 successful trials of the 0.5% sulphur fuel with shipowners at key ports.
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