With growing concerns on global warming, the demand for clean energy across Asia continues to soar. Aiming to become Asia’s LNG trading hub, Singapore has ramped up efforts to develop LNG infrastructure and capabilities, as well as various operational standards relating to this super-chilled fuel.
In September, as part of the efforts, Enterprise Singapore and the Singapore Standards Council, with the support from Standards Development Organisation of Singapore Chemical Industry Council (SDO@SCIC), has launched a new technical reference TR 74:2020 on Storage, Land Transportation and Handling of LNG. It aims to establish baseline knowledge and competency of operating LNG for users, including organizations and their service providers in oil and gas, shipyard, and logistic companies, certification bodies and professional engineers.
LNG-related incidents are rising with increased demand. Not only will the standard establishment help advocate the safe and proper usage of LNG through standardization of good practices, it will also support the growth of the local LNG industry.
The TR 74 is the fruitful result of a two-year long journey of relentless endeavours by a group of experts from regulatory bodies, industrial gases and inspection authorities. Leading and chairing this working group was Air Products’ principal engineer - Nicholas Yong from Asia supply chain team.
Leveraging his experience and skill set, the TR 74 working group made reference to some of the technical standards or procedures published by the Asia Industrial Gases Association (AIGA), which Nicholas was the chairman for the AIGA Transportation Work Group B. The technical contents were also reproduced in this TR 74 code of practice.
"I am honored to be recommended by Air Products to lead the development of this new technical reference for LNG as the Convenor of the working group," said Nicholas. "This is a strong recognition of Air Products’ reputation for safety, industry expertise and operational excellence. Our contribution to the Singapore Standardisation Programme reinforces our commitment to the robust development of Singapore’s energy industry, enhancing the country’s position as an LNG trading hub."
The standard will be adopted by the Ministry of Manpower to assess the adequacy of measures in place for LNG handling and storage. The Singapore Civil Defence Force will also reference this new standard for approving fire safety plan submission and Petroleum and Flammable Material license application for organisations involved in LNG land operations.