Updated: 04/08/2014 19:21

New lab to establish key measurement standards for bunker fuel



New lab to establish key measurement standards for bunker fuel

The National Metrology Centre has signed a research collaboration agreement with local calibration services provider, Mogas Flow Lab, to set up an R&D lab which will work on establishing key measurement standards for bunker fuel. 

The lab will be the first of its kind to use actual bunker fuel as the flow medium. 

Explaining its signficance, the National Metrology Centre says bunker fuel is sold by mass but delivered by volume. 

However, volume is affected by changes in pressure and temperature, unlike mass. 

The use of mass flow meters will allow the fuel to be measured by mass directly, enhacing transparency and certainty over the actual quantity delivered. 

This it says is important due to the large quantity and high costs of fuel involved. 

Last year, over 42 million tonnes of bunker fuel were sold in Singapore. 

Mogas Flow Lab will also build a heavy hydrocarbon rig as part of the agreement. 

It will be used to calibrate mass flow meters.

When completed, the $20 million facility will give the local maritime industry a head start in the use of mass flow meters for bunker fuel. 

The announcement was made at an industry event held in conjunction with Singapore Maritime Week. 

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