The agreement was signed by QPs Wave LNG Solutions subsidiary and the Shell Gas & Power Developments business to evaluate and progress with the development of LNG bunkering facilities at locations across Europe, the Middle East and East Asia.
LNG bunkering provides the shipping industry with a new cleaner fuel ahead of stricter sulphur and nitrogen oxide emission regulations, the companies said in a joint statement. In October 2016, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) announced the introduction of a global 0.5-per-cent sulphur cap from 2020.
LNG demand for bunkering is expected to increase significantly over the coming years and we believe there is real potential for such demand to reach up to 50 million tonnes a-year by 2030, says QPs president and CEO, Saad Sherida al-Kaabi.
The agreement follows two memorandums of understanding (MoUs) Shell and Qatargas signed with industry partners in 2016 to explore LNG bunkering opportunities in the Middle East.
QP along with its subsidiaries is the largest producer and exporter of LNG in the world. Shell participates in Qatars LNG sector with a 30 per cent interest in the Qatargas 4 operations producing 7.8 million tonnes a year (t/y) of LNG and 70,000 b/d of natural gas liquids.
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