IMO2020: Genoil Looks to LR for Credibility on Bunker Desulfurization Process

Thursday March 28, 2019

Canada's Genoil says it has enlisted the help of Lloyd's Register (LR) to add credibility to its oil and bunker desulfurization process.

In turn, LR has - along with a considerable caveat - verified that Genoil's bunker desulfurization technology has converted HSFO into IMO2020 compliant 0.50% max sulfur fuel.

Based on an input feedstock said to be a 1.7%S RMG 380 fuel, LR verified that the result was a 0.38%S product - 72.2% of the feedstock being converted into a 0.34%S RMG380 product, 17.7% converted to a 200 ppm distillate, and the balance converted into Gasoline and other Gaseous forms.

LR FOBAS Product Manager, Muhammad Usman, clarified that LR had verified the 0.38% m/m sulfur content of the output sample but "did not have full visibility of the technical approach used by Genoil's process or demonstration and was not present throughout."

The input sample was also "stated to be an ISO-F-RMG380 fuel with sulphur content of 1.7% m/m," he added.

The RMG380 bunker fuel was said to have been sourced from Rotterdam.

Genoil are one of a number of firms exploring novel desulfurization processes that are seen as being increasingly attractive given the global 0.50% sulfur cap for marine fuel coming into force from January 1, 2020.

While it has yet to see its process used in earnest for maritime application, a key attraction is that the output is not a blended product.

Interest in Genoil's technology for the bunker markets dates back to before the 2015 introduction of the 0.10%S ECA sulfur cap.