Singapore’s position as a liquefied natural gas (LNG) and chemicals hub is set to be strengthened by the announcement that Singapore LNG Corporation (SLNG) is collaborating with Keppel Infrastructure (KI) through its subsidiary Keppel Energy (KE) and another unnamed industry partner.

The partnership will focus on the Front End Engineering Design (FEED) for a Natural Gas Liquids (NGL) facility at the SLNG Terminal on Jurong Island, Singapore.

The project intends to adopt a sustainable approach towards enhancing Singapore’s Energy Security. The NGL Extraction Facility will incorporate cold energy from the SLNG Terminal’s extraction process operations involving removing heavier hydrocarbons such as ethane or propane from LNG.

This reuse of energy can lead to a reduction in the amount of carbon dioxide released in the separation process.

Speaking about the project, Tan Soo Koong, CEO, SLNG, said, “This project is part of SLNG’s continuing efforts to not just meet but exceed our Energy Security mandate; and to do so in an environmentally sustainable way.”

“We are very excited to partner with established companies like Keppel on this project, which we believe will add significant value for the LNG eco-system and chemicals industry in Singapore, and beyond.”

As Singapore’s reputation as a major player in the LNG industry strengthens, the Project also could see other widespread uses of LNG put into practice such as LNG for marine-fuel purposes.

In addition to adding value to Singapore’s LNG eco-system, the extracted NGL could be used as a competitive feedstock in the manufacture of various chemical-based products.

Cindy Lim, CEO, KI, commented on the Project, saying, “Together with our like-minded partners, Keppel Infrastrcuture is privileged and pleased to be involved and contribute towards the use of more sustainable sources of energy on Jurong Island through this FEED study.”

“This effort is an important initiative for Keppel as we leverage our strong development capability and engineering expertise to create solutions and capture opportunities arising from the global energy transition.”

Lim also emphasised that this development is in line with Keppel’s Vision 2030, which places sustainability firmly at the core of its strategy.