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Singapore — Malaysia's state-owned Petronas has completed its first LNG bunkering operation at the Pengerang LNG terminal, an achievement that reaffirms the company's efforts to compete in a key growing segment, where neighboring Singapore has invested heavily.

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The LNG was reloaded into Kairos, the world's largest LNG bunker vessel with a capacity of 7,500 cu m, as the carrier made its way from the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in Ulsan, South Korea, to Europe.

Pengerang LNG's bunkering, reload and small-scale capabilities position the facility, strategically located in the Singapore Strait, as a front runner to meet the changing landscape of the marine fuel market, the company said in a statement Thursday.

"We believe that small-scale LNG opportunities will increase from the utilization of alternative cleaner fuel such as LNG. The new regulation of 0.5% global sulfur cap to be imposed by the International Maritime Organisation in January 2020 will make LNG the alternative fuel of choice for the shipping industry," Petronas LNG chief executive officer Ezhar Yazid Jaafar said in the statement.

-- Abache Abreu, abache.abreu@spglobal.com

-- Edited by Wendy Wells, newsdesk@spglobal.com