BHP trials sustainable biofuel to help decarbonise the maritime industry

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BHP has partnered with German shipping firm Oldendorff Carriers, and advanced biofuels pioneer GoodFuels, to conduct a marine biofuel trial that will enable the company to develop an informed strategy on the structural supply and use of biofuels to support its key shipping routes.

The trial, which involving an ocean-going vessel bunkered in Singapore on 4 April 2021, saw the 2020-built 81,290 deadweight tonne dry bulk carrier Kira Oldendorff be refuelled with “drop-in” advanced biofuel blended with conventional fossil fuels.

BHP’s Vice President of Maritime, Rashpal Bhatti said understanding the behaviour of the fuel (such as emissions), assessing engine and vessel operational performance as well as exploring the technical and commercial merits and challenges of biofuels as a marine fuel were the key objectives of the biofuel bunkering trial.

“We strive hard to work with our customers, suppliers and other stakeholders along the value chain to influence emissions reductions across the full life cycle of our products and we fully support moves to decarbonise the maritime industry,” Mr Bhatti added.

Isabel Welten, Chief Commercial Officer at GoodFuels, said advanced biofuel used in the trial reduces CO2 emissions by 80-90% well-to-exhaust compared with HFO/VLSFO, as well as sustainable waste and residue streams as feedstock.

“This trial marks the start of a process for GoodFuels of facilitating more structural supply of sustainable marine biofuels in Singapore, in a commercial, operational and technically feasible manner,” she concluded.

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