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SUBSCRIBER NOTE: Platts to change LNG freight fuel assumptions

S&P Global Platts has decided to change the fuel assumptions used in its LNG freight route costs, effective January 2, 2020.

The decision was based on market feedback highlighting recent changes in fuel usage on LNG carriers, in part due to the incoming IMO 2020 rules but also linked to more competitive LNG prices.

Platts will change the assumption on fuel consumption to boil-off gas only.

In other words, LNG freight calculations will no longer reference fuel-oil.

Given the existing assumption of 100 mt/day at 17 knots, that means 5,200 MMBtu/day of fuel requirement met entirely by boil-off gas.

The change will not alter the other assumptions used to underpin LNG freight route costs.

The other assumptions would remain: Modern conventional TFDE vessel, with a vessel capacity of 155,000-180,000 cu m, standardized to 165,000 cu m; boil-off: 0.12%/day while laden and 0.09% while ballasting.

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