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Qatar Petroleum starts supply of 0.5% bunkers at Ras Laffan

Qatar Petroleum has started the supply of very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) at Ras Laffan Industrial City (RLIC) port, in anticipation of IMO 2020.

Qatar Petroleum said the VLSFO offering has been initiated in advance of the IMO regulation from 1 January 2020 requiring all ocean-going ships to burn bunker fuels with a maximum sulphur content of 0.5%.

Highlighting Qatar Petroleum’s milestone, His Excellency Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, Minister of State for Energy Affairs, and president and ceo of Qatar Petroleum, commented: “We are proud to be one of the first countries to limit the availability of marine fuels to only grades that are compliant with IMO’s 2020 regulation for a 0.5% global sulphur limit.

“We hope this constitutes a major step towards protecting the regional and global environment in line with environmental objectives of Qatar National Vision 2030,” he said.

Read more: IMO 2020: Compliant fuel availability and quality remain Intercargo top concerns

Since June 2017, Qatar Petroleum in conjunction with Qatar Fuel (Woqod) has started bunkering services with the importation of its maiden heavy fuel oil cargo for supply to Qatargas’ LNG fleet and other vessels calling at Ras Laffan and the region.

Between June 2017 to August 2019, Qatar Petroleum has supplied over 1.5m tonnes of marine fuel to RLIC port.