Luxfer Holdings PLC (Luxfer Group), the global materials technology company serving the environmental, healthcare and protection markets, has entered into an arrangement agreement with Dynetek Industries Ltd. (Dynetek) to acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Dynetek. The Dynetek board of directors, led by Executive Chairman Douglas Pigot, has unanimously recommended that Dynetek shareholders approve the transaction. Read more »
Improved access to Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) refuelling stations in Australia’s south eastern State of Victoria has moved a step closer thanks to an agreement between gas distributor Kleenheat Gas’ EVOL LNG and the Victorian Government, and a $2.5 million Regional Development Victoria (RDV) grant to support the construction of five new natural gas fuelling stations, starting in Wodonga. Read more »
Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has released The Road to Natural Gas, a listing of trucking companies, refuse haulers, fleet operators, airports, municipalities and other organizations which have signed new or expanded existing agreements with Clean Energy to provide natural gas transportation fuel and other services for their vehicles and fleets. In place of press releases, the report contains only information which has not been previously announced, including recently completed stations on Clean Energy’s America’s Natural Gas Highway with partner Pilot Flying J and at other interstate locations. Read more »
Texas-based independent oil and gas exploration and production company Pioneer Natural Resources, is adding 225 bi-fuel WiNG natural gas powered Ford F250 Super Duty trucks to its fleet. Manufactured by Canadian natural gas engine manufacturer, Westport Innovations Inc, WiNG is an integrated, bi-fuel (natural gas / gasoline) system for fleet customers of passenger and commercial vehicles. Read more »
Accessing the many benefits of natural gas as a transport fuel is now easier in Australia following the partnership of gas distributor Kleenheat Gas’ EVOL LNG and engine technology company American Power Group Inc. The two have teamed up to bring the patented V5000HD natural gas – diesel dual-fuel technology to the Australian market, offering operators of medium and heavy duty vehicles a simple yet efficient conversion that can provide reduced emissions levels (up to 12 per cent CO2e) and running cost savings without loss of power. Read more »
Researchers at Poland’s Technical University of Lublin have received a 3 million zloty (USD 0.9 million) government grant, from the National Centre for Research and Development, to progress research on the operation of diesel engines using compressed natural gas (CNG), reports dziennik wschodni. Professor Miroslaw Wendeker of Lublin University of Technology Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, says the project will explore how to dispense fuel directly into the combustion chamber, thereby reducing diesel consumption, fuel cost and ecological impact.
Iranian automotive manufacturer IKCO will produce at least 120 thousand EF7 engines by the end of this Iranian calendar year (March 20, 2013). IKCO currently produces 300 sets of EF7 engines a day and aims to ramp up the figure to 500. Read more »
The inaugural meeting of the Natural Gas Marine Fuel Safety Advisory Group, as organised by industry association Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators (SIGTTO), was held in London on 10th July 2012. The cross-industry group has been established by the liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipping industry to advise on the design, operation, maintenance and training for natural gas marine fuel systems. Read more »
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has approved $787 million to repair and modernise the nation’s aging transit infrastructure while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This third round of federal funding will support 255 projects in 48 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Included is $104.5 million for CNG projects; $7.1 million under Bus Livability and $97.4 million under State of Good Repair programs. Read more »
In the Canadian province of British Columbia, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (TranBC)’s Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement (CVSE) branch has issued a Circular to advise industry, staff, and the general public of an approved additional weight tolerance to compensate for the heavier fuel tanks used by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) fueled trucks and buses. Read more »
Marine industry solutions and services provider Wärtsilä, has been contracted to supply the ship designs for three new platform supply vessels (PSVs). The contracts have been signed with Kleven Maritime AS, the Norwegian shipyard that will build the vessels, two of which will be owned by Atlantic Offshore and the other by Remøy Shipping. Both are Norway based companies. The Remøy Shipping owned PSV will operate on liquefied natural gas (LNG), and is the eighth LNG PSV to be built based on Wärtsilä designs. The LNG PSV is a Wärtsilä Ship Design VS4412 DF PSV design, and is 92.5 metres long.
(This article compiled using information from a Wärtsilä press release)
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GreenMan Technologies, Inc.’s subsidiary, American Power Group, Inc. (APG), a provider of natural gas conversion technology, has signed agreements with Valley Truck Parts (Valley Truck) and the University of Houston Texas Diesel Testing and Research Center (UH-TDTRC) for required testing to commence dual-fuel upgrades of intermediate useful life (IUL) heavy-duty engines in the United States. The testing will be performed in accordance with the Intermediate Age requirements of the EPA Clean Alternative Fuel Vehicle and Engine Conversion Final Rule as amended in April 2011 which requires engines to be tested outside of the vehicle on an engine dynamometer. Read more »
Italy’s natural gas refuelling network continues to expand with the opening last week of Italy’s fourth public Liquefied to Compressed Natural Gas (LCNG) fuelling station. The station has been designed to upgrade to LNG refuelling. Constructed by Vanzetti Engineering S.r.l., the station is located in Tortona (AL) in the Piedmont region, very close to the A21 motorway. It is 70 km south of Milan. Read more »
Norwegian shipping company Fjord Line has two new cruise ferries under construction at Bergen Group Fosen, in Rissa municipality. Both will be powered solely by environmentally friendly liquefied natural gas (LNG) instead of the more polluting heavy fuel oil. The company claims the first of these vessels, MS Stavangerfjord, will be the first and largest cruise ferry in the world to sail with a “single LNG engine” when it goes into operation in 2013.
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China Yuchai International Limited (China Yuchai) has completed a trial of natural gas engines operating at high altitude. Eighty buses, manufactured by the Yutong Bus Group Co., Ltd. and running on YC6G260N-40 natural gas engines supplied by Guangxi Yuchai Machinery Company Limited (GYMCL), the Company’s main operating subsidiary, journeyed from Xining, Qinghai province, to the Tibetan Plateau (the world’s highest plateau, average elevation exceeding 4,500 metres). Read more »