DUBAI: ENOC Group has announced a strategic alliance with Indian Oil Company (IOC), the largest commercial oil and gas company in India worth US$63 billion, in a joint effort to expand its global footprint while building on IOC’s R&D infrastructure to mitigate future manufacturing challenges.
The ENOC-IOC partnership includes R&D efforts, to jointly develop cylinder oil compliant to the Sulphur cap of 0.5 percent from the current 3.5 percent. The environmental impact of these efforts on ocean transportation will have technical, operational and commercial consequences.The agreement will also enable ENOC to expand its presence to over 180 ports in 28 countries to provide its customers with high-end marine lubricants and technical services.
Saif Humaid Al Falasi, Group CEO, ENOC, said that with tighter restrictions in designated emission control, ship owners, marine oil manufacturers and suppliers need to work together to ensure greater quality control. ENOC’s alliance with IOC will help mitigate these environmental risks through world-class research & development and manufacturing that meets the IMO standards, he added.
With the approaching International Maritime Organization (IMO) global Sulphur deadline in January 2020, ship owners are racing to become compliant within the next year. The aim is to reduce the Sulphur contents currently present in oil used to fuel ships to reduce the impact of pollution on populations living close to ports and coasts specifically.