Continuing its pivot toward renewables, Singapore offshore rig builder Keppel O&M is following up on its LNG partnership with DNV to explore hydrogen infrastructure and offshore applications
The pair of companies announced a collaboration on development of hydrogen projects in Singapore, saying the aim of the partnership "is to explore safe implementation of potential new technologies, working jointly with relevant governmental agencies to promote the introduction of hydrogen as an energy source in the Singapore market to support the country’s decarbonisation goals".
Keppel O&M will utilise its Floating Living Lab (FLL) as a test bed for new energy technologies, covering areas around safety requirements for hydrogen energy, infrastructure for hydrogen storage and transportation and offshore applications for hydrogen technology.
DNV and Keppel O&M entered into a previous partnership around LNG as a fuel in 2019.
Keppel O&M parent company Keppel Corp announced a restructuring project in January to ‘transform’ its wholly owned subsidiary Keppel O&M, shedding its interests in offshore rig building with the goal of creating a company that is better placed to support the energy transition.
In addition to LNG and hydrogen, LPG, carbon capture and storage, electric mobility, renewables and ammonia will all figure as key areas for Keppel O&M.
And, as a Singapore-headquartered company, Keppel O&M has a track record of collaborating with Singaporean entities. In January 2020, Keppel O&M signed a US$10M partnership agreement and MoU with Singapore’s Energy Market Authority to develop innovative technologies in the areas of distributed energy resources, digitalisation and low-carbon alternative systems. In conjunction with the agreement, Keppel announced the offshore testbed it calls its Floating Living Lab would be operational by 2021. The FLL will have LNG bunkering facilities for harbour craft and small vessels. It will also house an embedded power generation system to power Keppel’s operations, with excess electricity to be exported to Singapore’s national grid.
Keppel is also part of the coalition studying the feasibility to develop a green ammonia supply chain in Singapore in which the company would develop and design an ammonia bunkering vessel and ammonia-ready LPG bunkering vessel and lead in the co-ordination with relevant authorities in Singapore to establish port regulations and operational guidelines.