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Southern state wants to promote LNG as fuel in fishing (Photo: Fishing port in Kerala)

Kerala plans to test use of LNG to power fishing boats

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Thursday, August 15, 2019, 05:30 (GMT + 9)

India is set to test using liquefied natural gas (LNG) to power fishing boats ahead of stricter international rules on marine fuel emissions next year, in a move that could help an under-used LNG terminal in the south of the country.

The South Asian country’s Kerala Development and Innovation Strategic Council (K-DISC), which is a think-tank and advisory body set up by the government of the southern state of Kerala, issued an expression of interest (EOI) this week for a pilot project to use LNG to fuel a fishing boat.

LNG Storage & Reload Facility own by Petronet LPG Ltd. in Kerala

It is looking to retrofit an existing marine diesel engine system in a fishing boat currently in the city of Kochi to enable it to operate on both LNG and diesel in what is known as a dual fuel system.

Fishing vessels in Kerala area have relatively small engines. The problem is that their owners do not normally have the capital to make such an investment ►

Fishing boats are typically fuelled by diesel, but a new regulation by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) that limits the sulphur content of fuel used in ships by 2020 could push governments to explore the use of cleaner fuels.

LNG is not widely used in the fishing industry due to limited bunkering infrastructure and high costs.

But with the Kochi LNG terminal in southern India being under-utilised due to lack of infrastructure connecting the terminal to the main gas demand areas within the region, the government could be exploring ways to increase the terminal’s utilisation, Poorna Rajendran, a consultant at FGE said.

Author: Jessica Jaganathan/Reuters (Read the whole article here)


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