Quadrise will supply Cepsa with Marine MSAR®, a lower cost and potentially environmentally safer alternative to heavy fuel oil after trials with leading shipping firm Maersk. Gibraltar-San Roque refinery will install a manufacturing unit to provide alternative marine fuel. The trials begin in the first half of 2016.
Installation and operation permits are currently being sought for the new unit. The trials will go on till the end of 2016, or early 2017 when engine tests on the fuel will be completed. Subsequently after regulatory and commercial approvals the fuel will be made available commercially.
It is a pioneering technology from Quadrise. Cepsa, a leader in marine fuel technology with over 75 years of experience will consolidate their position. Cepsa operates in the world´s busiest waters in Gibraltar, and Canary Islands, Africa and the Middle East through installations in Morocco and Fujairah and the Panama Canal. Last year Cepsa launched DMB 0.1%, a low sulfur marine fuel to meet new Sulfur Emission Control Area (SECA) standards. The MSAR® developed by Quadrise using oil-in-water emulsion fuel technology produces a lower viscosity oil mixed with water. Alternative fuel emulsions, which are water in oil, are produced from heavy fuel oil. By emulsifying refinery residues, as opposed to heavy fuel oil, the refiner is able to create more value and also a lower priced fuel, by selling the distillates that would traditionally be blended into its heavy fuel oil.
CEPSA is an energy group fully owned by the International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC). It operates in 15 countries, marketing its products all over the world.