Israel’s Oil Refineries to deliver IMO 2020 compliant fuel

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 announces first shipment from Prelude FLNG facility

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 to present IMO-compliant fuel

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.’

Petrobras to test 2020 sulphur cap compliant fuel

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.

Rystad’s oil production in Mexico to hit record

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.

Shell aims oil expansion to South Africa

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.

Shell begins production at Appomattox field

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 conducts successful trials of 0.50% sulphur marine fuel

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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