Gasunie and Gazprom Jointly Plan LNG Refueling Infrastructure

| The Netherlands, Groningen

Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee and Han Fennema, CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of Dutch gas infrastructure company N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie (Gasunie), have agreed to cooperate in the area of small scale LNG in Europe. The agreement focuses on joint projects for the construction of LNG receiving terminals, LNG filling stations and other infrastructure facilities. Read more »

CNOOC Operates Asia’s first LNG-powered Tug

| United Kingdom and China

Hai Yang Shi You 525 - dedicated LNG tugboat A new tugboat delivered to China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) is described by Rolls-Royce as Asia’s first tugboat designed to operate solely on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as ship’s fuel. Hai Yang Shi You 525, the first of two tugs built by the Zhenjiang shipyard for CNOOC, features a propulsion package based on twin Rolls-Royce Bergen C26:33L9PG engines and a pair of Rolls-Royce US 205 CP azimuth thrusters to ensure the tugs have rapid manoeuvring and strong bollard pull capabilities. Read more »

Gothenburg Bunkers LNG as Marine Fuel of the Future

| Sweden, Gothenburg

Sweden's Port of GothenburgThe Port of Gothenburg is adding itself to the list of locations offering Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) bunkering — a response to the growing number of ships worldwide moving to this environmentally cleaner fuel. New bunkering regulations for ships operating on LNG have been drafted by the Gothenburg Port Authority and the Port of Rotterdam together with the Swedish Transport Agency. The regulations will allow cargo ships to bunker LNG at a cargo terminal and are the first general regulations to be introduced in Sweden. Read more »

Denmark’s First LNG Bunkering Facility Ready for Fjord Line

| Denmark, Hirtshals

Hirtshals LNG refueling facility Jun2015 (2) - croppedDenmark’s first tank facility for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) marine fuel is now ready for use in Hirtshals, a town at the top of the Jutland peninsula in northern Denmark. This allows Norwegian ferry operator Fjord Line to refuel its two green cruise ferries in Denmark, and is available for use by other gas-powered ships. The new facility is another step in Fjord Line’s Green Strategy, adopted five years ago, which saw the company invest in MS Stavangerfjord and MS Bergensfjord, launched in 2013 and 2014 respectively. Read more »

RWE Adds Another CNG Station in Czech Republic

| Czech Republic

CNG Station opened at OlomoucAt the end of June, Czech Republic’s largest gas trader RWE launched its eleventh Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) filling station in Olomouc, a city in Moravia in the country’s east. The station operates 24/7 for supply via fuel cards and from 0500 to 2200 for attendant service. Read more »

NG Fuel Tax Incentive Extended in Germany

| Germany, Berlin

Germany’s Bundestag has approved the continuation of the tax reduction for natural gas and biomethane as a fuel, reports NGV industry group Erdgas Mobil GmbH. The parliamentary parties of the CDU / CSU and SPD submitted a corresponding motion for a resolution, which calls on the federal government to submit a bill to extend the energy tax reduction of natural gas and LPG fuel until spring 2016. Read more »

Audi Introduces Natural Gas Powered A4 Avant g-tron

| Germany

The Audi A4 Avant g-tron is the second model after the A3 Sportback g-tron that customers can run on compressed natural gas (CNG) or Audi e-gas. Its 2.0 TFSI engines has an output of 125 kW (170 hp) and torque of 270 Nm (199.1 lb-ft).  The tanks for the Avant g-tron, which will become available in late 2016, are located under the rear of the car. They can hold 19 kilograms (41.9 lb) of gas at a pressure of 200 bar and are particularly light thanks to their novel layout. The inner layer consists of a matrix of gas-proof polyamide, while a second layer of mixed carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) and glass-fiber-reinforced plastic (GFRP) ensures extremely high strength. The third layer made of glass fiber helps visualize any external influences. Epoxy resin is used to bind the fiber materials.  Gas consumption of less than four kilograms per 100 kilometers (8.8 lb per 62.1 miles) in a normal driving cycle means extremely low fuel costs for the customer. With NEDC fuel consumption, the bivalent g-tron model drives over 500 kilometers (310.7 mi) on natural gas. When the gas left in the tank is less than about 0.6 of a kilogram (1.3 lb), gas pressure, falls below ten bar and the engine management automatically switches over to gasoline operation. This allows an additional range of 450 kilometers (279.6 mi).  The A4 Avant g-tron is particularly ecofriendly when it runs on Audi e-gas. With this fuel, the company presents the first form of completely CO2-neutral long-distance mobility. Audi produces this fuel with the help of renewable energy, water and CO2 in several power-to-gas plants. Using this method, the brand with the Four Rings makes surpluses of renewable energy storable. The e-gas can be bought with a special filling-station card, which acts as a compensation instrument.  In parallel, Audi is continuing its research in the area of e-fuels. Together with its partners, the company has now developed a new method of producing e-gas. This secures the future supply for the rising number of g-tron models on the roads. Thanks to the new method, Audi e-gas is produced with the help of microorganisms by means of biological methanation. Compared with the previous used chemical process, the gas is produced at significantly lower ambient pressures and lower temperatures. The new Audi Avant will be available with a natural gas engine, says Audi as it launches its latest model in Europe. The Audi A4 Avant g-tron is the second model after the A3 Sportback g-tron that customers can run on compressed natural gas (CNG) or Audi e-gas. Its 2.0 TFSI engines has an output of 125 kW (170 hp) and torque of 270 Nm (199.1 lb-ft). Read more »

Québec Identifies LNG Fuel as Significant Component of Maritime Strategy

| Canada, Montréal QC

Quebec Maritime Strategy Jun2015The Government of Québec has launched the first Maritime Strategy in Québec’s history and unveiled a 2015-2020 Action Plan. Included in the Action Plan are measures that contribute to the fight against climate change, which in turn includes encouraging the use of alternative energy sources in maritime transport, with specific mention of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). Read more »

EPM Continues to Expand CNG Refueling in Colombia

| Colombia, Medellín

Colombia: EPM CNG Station opens Punto Cero MedellinIn celebration of its 60 years and within its purpose of encouraging sustainable mobility in the Aburrá Valley of Colombia, Empresas Públicas de Medellín (EPM), a public utilities company, recently inaugurated its fourteenth Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) filling station. The CNG station is located on race 65, approximately 50 metres from the Punto Cero (“Ground Zero”) Interchange in the northwest of Medellin, which is part of the strategic Aburrá Valley corridor. Read more »

325 New Alt-Fuel Buses for Massachusetts

| USA, Boston MA

MassDOT CNG bus in serviceIn the US State of Massachusetts, the Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has decided to purchase 325 alt-fuel buses from New Flyer, Inc. of Winnipeg, Manitoba, for it’s MBTA fleet. The $222.2 million contract calls for delivery of new 40-foot Low Floor Hybrid and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses to begin in July 2016, with all buses in service by June 2017. Read more »