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BP Marine unveils new very low sulphur marine fuel

BP Marine, part of British oil and gas major
BP, is starting the sale of very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) as the IMO 2020
regulation deadline nears.

The VLSFO, with a maximum 0.5% sulphur
content, meets new MARPOL regulations and is being introduced following sea
trials with fuel manufactured and supplied by BP in the
Amsterdam/Rotterdam/Antwerp (ARA) and Singapore hubs.
BP has developed a marine fuel offer that
includes this new VLSFO along with marine gas oil and also high sulphur fuel
oil for vessels that are equipped with scrubbers. The company said it intends
to retail the new 0.5% sulphur VLSFO globally.
“We have undertaken a comprehensive test
campaign, conducting ship-board trials of our new very low sulphur fuel,”
 said Eddie Gauci, Global Head, BP Marine.
“Following the success of these sea trials,
and working closely with our customers, we believe we now have a robust
commercial offer that will support customers in complying with MARPOL.”
The company further said that its refineries
made a number of configuration changes to support the segregation, handling and
storage of the new range of fuels.
BP, ExxonMobil Alaska LNG Project
In a separate announcement from last week, BP
and ExxonMobil revealed an agreement with Alaska Gasline Development
Corporation (AGDC) to collaborate on the Alaska LNG project. 
The three sides
will work together on identifying ways of improving the project’s
competitiveness, and progressing the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
authorization to construct the project.
“Our respective organizations share an
interest in the successful commercialization of Alaska’s stranded North Slope
natural gas,”
 AGDC Interim
President, Joe Dubler, said.
World Maritime News

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