In South Africa, the City of Tshwane — the metropolitan municipality that forms the local government of northern Gauteng Province — is home to the first bus in sub-Saharan Africa to be propelled by compressed natural gas (CNG). Joining the A Re Yeng bus fleet, the 12 m rigid Mercedes-Benz chassis is equipped with an 8.9 litre natural gas engine and makes provision for 33 seated and 35 standing passengers. Read more »
Italian energy giant Eni has made a world class supergiant gas discovery at its Zohr Prospect, in the deep waters of Egypt. The discovery could hold a potential of 30 trillion cubic feet of lean gas¹ in place, the largest gas discovery ever made in Egypt and in the Mediterranean Sea. The massive find may in time provide a major stimulus for natural gas as a transportation fuel nationally, and possibly regionally. Read more »
Italy’s Ecomotive Solutions, a Holdim Group company and engine calibration specialist, has supported the conversion of 30 buses from the Johannesburg (South Africa) Metrobus fleet into Dual Fuel CNG (compressed natural gas) through its South African partner, Vehicle Gas Solutions. The recent conversion to natural gas is a part of a “Going Green” approach aimed at promoting and incentivizing the use of methane by the urban public transport system in Johannesburg. Read more »
There are now about 5,000 natural gas vehicles (NGVs) operating in Nigeria, reports Nigerian Independent Petroleum Company, NIPCO Plc, an indigenous downstream petroleum and gas operator. That represents significant growth given there were approximately 900 vehicles recorded at end of 2012. Read more »
WGC 2015 in Paris has drawn to a close. While there has been much high level discussion about gas supply, investment, exploration, policy and pricing in the meeting halls and on the exhibition floor, the busiest sector in the pavilion has been the Natural Gas for Transportation Village – a first for the World Gas Congress and now a successful template for future WGC events.
The Village inauguration ceremony was addressed by the President of the International Gas Union (IGU), Mr Jérôme Ferrier, who welcomed participants and spoke of the rapidly increasing recognition and demand for natural gas as a cleaner, economic fuel, and his desire for NGV industry companies to succeed at WGC 2015.
“The focus of our event will be to draw together all stakeholders in this fuel evolution, increase awareness of a rapidly evolving industry, and plan for a sustainable energy future that is safe, reliable and economically viable. I am confident that by collaborating with industry leaders such as NGV Global and their peers, we are moving ever closer to real solutions that will consolidate the essential role that gas has to play in tomorrow’s world,” Mr. Ferrier concluded. Read more »
The international Africa Eco Race 2015 rally, in which a natural gas-fueled sports truck on the KAMAZ-Master team took part, finished in Senegal yesterday. Following the results of 12 stages, the gas-fueled KAMAZ driven by Sergey Kupriyanov made it to the top three in the overall standing of the race.
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Westport Innovations Inc., engineering advanced natural gas engines and vehicles, has acquired Netherlands based Prins Autogassystemen Holding B.V. (Prins) for Euro 12.2 million (USD 15.1 million) through a combination of Euro 6.6 million (USD 8.2 million) in assumed liabilities and Euro 5.6 million (USD 6.9 million) in cash. Read more »
Commuters travelling on the expanded Rea Vaya network between central Johannesburg, Sandton and Alexandra will, once this section of the city’s bus rapid transit (BRT) system is operational, be riding on buses powered by compressed natural gas (CNG). This was announced last week by City of Johannesburg strategic adviser Alex Bhiman at NGV 2014 South Africa. Rea Vaya, which means “we are going”, is the City of Johannesburg’s Bus Rapid Transit system. Read more »
At an international seminar on marine LNG held yesterday in Algiers by NAFTAL, the country’s principal domestic distributor of fuels and subsidiary of energy giant Sonatrach, discussion focused on development opportunities for this sector in Algeria. Algeria is planning to implement liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel, to be used by ships to replace the traditional fuel and reduce operating costs, including fishing. Read more »
The African Development Bank AfDB marked the UN Climate Summit in New York, affirming a commitment to $US 175 billion in financing for sustainable transport projects in Africa over the next ten years. Africa has comparably low CO2 emissions from transport: 215 kilograms CO2/per capita in 2008, representing 25 times lower than the world average. However this figure is expected to increase with the rise in Africa’s total oil demand. Read more »