Oman's Sohar port starts B20 biofuel bunker trials

  • Market: Biofuels, Emissions
  • 04/06/24

Oman's port of Sohar has received the first shipment of biofuel to begin its pilot trial in marine tug operations, according to state news agency ONA.

The trial will use B20, which typically is a blend of 80pc diesel and 20pc used cooking methyl ester (Ucome), sourced locally.

Biodiesel is viewed as a more environmentally friendly alternative to marine fuels, such as low- and high-sulphur fuel oils. The port will conduct the trials in collaboration with tugboat operator Svitzer, biofuel producer Wakud and Omani bunker provider Hormuz Marine.

Oman has committed to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

"The use of biofuels will significantly contribute to reducing the level of harmful emissions," port chief executive Emile Hoogsteden said. "The project would set an example to be emulated in the region and beyond."

Several companies have expressed interest in increasing usage of biofuels as pressure mounts on the shipping industry to reduce emissions. The UAE's port of Fujairah received its first biofuel bunker cargoes in December 2023.

Oman has been taking steps to develop its conventional and alternative bunkering infrastructure in recent years in an effort to become a serious competitor to the region's main marine fuels hubs, like Fujairah. In April, TotalEnergies took a final investment decision (FID) for the integrated Marsa LNG bunkering project it is carrying out with state-owned OQ. The company said it wants the project to serve as the first LNG bunkering hub in the Mideast Gulf, "showcasing an available and competitive alternative marine fuel" to reduce shipping emissions.


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