Keppel Data Centres, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Linde Gas Singapore, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and Vopak LNG have signed a memorandum of understanding to explore the development of hydrogen supply infrastructure in Singapore.
The partners will jointly study the technical and commercial viability of a liquefied hydrogen (LH2) supply chain to import hydrogen to power Keppel’s data centres, including the floating data centre park project in Singapore that Keppel Data Centres is currently pursuing. The study will continue to the end of 2021 and as well as studying the feasibility of an import terminal, storage, and regasification facilities in Singapore, it will consider a production and liquefaction plant and export terminal at the exporting country, and transportation via ocean-going tankers.
Wong Wai Meng, CEO of Keppel Data Centres, says that the plan to use hydrogen is in line with Keppel’s Vision 2030 to decarbonise its operations. The company is exploring various solutions including using sustainable energy sources such as hydrogen for power generation, floating data centres and carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS).
Kawasaki has already completed the world’s first liquefied hydrogen receiving terminal, the Kobe LH2 Terminal, in Japan.
‘We have accumulated experience and expertise in LH2 technology, including the world’s first LH2 carrier, hydrogen liquefaction facility, LH2 storage tank and LH2 handling facility with loading arm system,’ says Dr Motohiko Nishimura, the executive officer and deputy general manager of the hydrogen strategy division of Kawasaki. ‘Kawasaki will contribute to the establishment of LH2 supply infrastructure by providing optimal solutions to Keppel Data Centres.’
Vopak LNG and Keppel, meanwhile, previously announced their intention to collaboration on a hydrogen and feasibility study. Vopak LNG president Kees van Seventer says that the initial study’s assessments support the decision to further explore LH2 in Singapore.
‘A hydrogen import terminal has the potential to transform industries like the data centre sector. It will also support long-term emissions reduction in Singapore. Vopak is committed to support the energy transition through development of infrastructure for sustainable energy solutions, underpinned by our New Energy strategy,’ he adds.