India’s Natural Gas Fuelled Transport Sector Poised for Growth in 2018

| India, Delhi

Mahanagar Gas CNG StationContinuing the theme of the ‘Gas4India’ campaign launched in 2016 by Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, which aimed to move India towards a gas-based economy, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has issued a 2017 Year End Review that reiterates its intentions for natural gas fuel. Read more »

Germany Records Highest Increase of H2 Refuelling Stations Worldwide

| Germany, Munich

TUV SUD World H2 StationsIn Germany, 24 public hydrogen refuelling stations have gone into operation in 2017, turning the German public hydrogen refuelling infrastructure into the second largest globally with 45 public stations, ahead of the USA (40 stations) and only surpassed by Japan with 91 public stations. Read more »

Hyundai Mipo Ballast-free Ship Technology for LNG Bunker Vessel

| South Korea, Ulsan

HMD design for ballast-free LNG bunker vesselHyundai Mipo Dockyard, based in Ulsan, South Korea, has succeeded in developing new technology that can prevent marine ecosystem disturbance caused by ballast water. The ‘Ballast-free’ concept will be introduced to the 7,500 cubic meter LNG bunkering vessel being built for Bernhard Schulte, a German shipping management company. Construction commenced November 2017. Read more »

MOL Orders LNG-fueled Tugboat, First in Osaka Bay

| Japan, Tokyo

MOL ISHIN LNG-fuelled tugboat (dual-fuel)Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. has signed a deal for the construction of an LNG-fueled tugboat with Kanagawa Dockyard Co., Ltd. of Hyogo-ku, Kobe. The construction is slated to start in February 2018 with launch scheduled for April 2019. The high-performance dual-fuel vessel will be the first LNG-fueled tugboat to escort large-scale freighters in Osaka Bay and the Seto Inland Sea. Read more »

Japanese 4 Study Commercialization of LNG Marine Fuel

| Japan, Nagoya
Port of Nagoya

Port of Nagoya

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd., Chubu Electric Power Co., Ltd., Toyota Tsusho Corporation and NYK Line Corporation have come together to jointly study how to introduce and commercialize liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a fuel for ships. The study will aid the many major southern coast major ports of the central region of Chubu, Honshu. Read more »

LNG-Fuelled Newbuilds a Focus of GTT-CHI Agreement

| France, Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse and

CHI and GTT Sign Strategic AgreementCHI (Cosco Shipping Heavy Industries) and GTT have entered into an agreement regarding LNG-as-fuel newbuildings and retrofits, small-scale carriers, FLNGs, etc., projects which correspond to CHI’s strategic development priorities. Read more »

Bangkok Mass Transit (BMTA) Orders 489 CNG Buses

| Thailand, Nonthaburi

BMTA 489-bus contract signingScan Inter Public Company Limited, a Thailand-based company engaged in natural gas industry, says SCN-CHO Cooperation signed a trade and maintenance hire contract for 489 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) air-conditioned buses with the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) on December 27, 2017. Read more »

Tata Motors and Westport Fuel Systems Aim for Bharat Stage VI

| Canada and India

Westport Fuel Systems Inc. entered into a development and supply agreement last week with India’s Tata Motors Limited for their 4 cylinder and 6 cylinder natural gas spark-ignited commercial vehicle engine family to meet the Indian Government’s new Bharat Stage VI (BS-VI) emission standards, scheduled to take effect in April of 2020. Read more »

Westport MOU with Weichai Power Opens HPDI Commercialization

| Canada, Vancouver BC

Westport Fuel Systems Inc. reports it has signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Weichai Power Co., Ltd. (Weichai Power), which sets the framework for finalizing the development, marketing, and commercialization of the Westport high pressure direct injection (“Westport™ HPDI”) technology in China. Read more »

FLEX LNG Progresses MEGI-Powered LNGC Newbuildings

| Bermuda, Hamilton

Flex Endeavour (MEGI) Sea Trial Oct 2017Flex LNG Ltd (FLEX LNG) has entered into a time-charter contract for the LNG carrier newbuilding, Flex Endeavour, to Uniper Global Commodities (Uniper), a leading international energy company with operations in more than 40 countries, and headquarter in Germany. The 173,400 m3 cargo capacity LNG carrier is equipped with the high efficiency MEGI (M-Type Electronically Controlled Gas Injection) propulsion system. Read more »