On 18 April 2017, Keppel Infrastructure announced that it has signed an agreement with the Singapore Economic Development Board to develop, own and operate a gasification facility on Jurong Island. The facility, now in its project development phase, will use proven and reliable best-in-class technologies to produce hydrogen, carbon monoxide, syngas and other industrial gases from various potential feedstock, including coal and refinery by-products. The gases produced will provide alternative feedstock for petrochemical plants and refineries.
The announcement comes after an extensive evaluation process to ensure the facility was able to provide competitively priced hydrogen and carbon monoxide, while the use of proven best-in-class mitigation technologies will minimise its environmental impact. Further, Keppel said in its statement that it will develop energy efficiency and R&D projects to augment the facility.
Dr Ong Tiong Guan, CEO of Keppel Infrastructure, said "With the support of EDB, Keppel Infrastructure is pleased to be working on the development of this Facility which will leverage various feedstock and synergies with available infrastructure to deliver competitively priced products to customers. It also reinforces Keppel Infrastructure’s capability and commitment as a solutions provider for sustainable development.”
EDB Executive Director of Energy and Chemicals Mr Damian Chan noted that because of the integrated nature of Jurong Island, an improvement in providing an alternative supply of competitive feedstock will invariably benefit the rest of the chemicals value chain. He added; “Under the Jurong Island v2.0 initiative, we explored alternative feedstock options to enhance the long-term competitiveness of the energy and chemicals sector. After extensive evaluation, we found that gasification would be able to meet industry's demand for competitive hydrogen and carbon monoxide, while the use of best-in-class mitigation technologies would minimise its environmental impact."