Indonesia govt to build LNG-LCNG stations for vessels this year

JAKARTA ( – The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry (ESDM) Ministry plans to build liquefied natural gas and liquefied and compressed natural gas (LNG-LCNG) this year, which can be used by vessels and ships.

THe moeve is in line with the requirements of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to limit the emissions caused by fuel uses by vessels.

“The government will build LCNG to be used by vessels because from 2020 the emissions of vessels much be phased out,” Director General for Oil and Gas at the energy ministry I.G.N. Wiratmaja said in a statement.

At present, most vessels operating in domestic waters use Marine Fuel Solar (MFO).

Wiratmaja said the LNG-LCNG vessels will be built in Cirebon and Karawang in West Java as well as in Central Java. The constructions of the LNG-LCNG stations will kick of later this year and expected to be completed in 2018.

At present, compressed natural gas has been used by some power plants and land transportation, but not in ships and vessels.

PGN, as a case in point, has supplied CNG with combined capacity of 114,000 cubic meters per month or equal to 120,000 liter of diesel fuels per month in 2015 to industry players. (*)

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