Natural Gas Vehicle Institute (NGVi), based in Las Vegas NV, has received certification from the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) for the company’s training programs. NGVi says it is the first and only ASE-certified CASE provider that specializes in training for the natural gas vehicle industry. Read more »
The Training Centre of Association Française du Gaz (AFG) has released a range of training on the specifics of natural gas vehicles, built from the needs and expectations of members of the French Association for Natural Gas Vehicles (AFGNV) identified through an extensive survey conducted in 2012. The training program — Spécificités du Gaz Naturel Véhicule — includes modules on CNG fueling stations, biomethane, pre-control technique, and insurance. A complementary practical one-day module can be provided on-site. Download the presentation sheet - CFAFG_Gaz_Naturel_Véhicule.pdf (French only)
CNG VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN FOCUS: ISSUES, CAUSES AND SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS - an article by Mr. Asim Riaz, Research Engineer/Visiting Lecturer MS Energy Engineering, International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan
Over recent weeks 44 people have died in accidents involving public sector transport vehicles converted to compressed natural gas (CNG) in Pakistan, the country with the world’s largest population of natural gas vehicles.
Before discussing the technical aspects of the problem in hand, it is important to mention two things right at the outset which relate to inadequate awareness and incorrect perceptions about the CNG cylinders. It was surprising that electronic and print media persisted in erroneous reporting that the accidents occurred due to bursting/explosion of the CNG cylinders. Add to that, some of the Government departments were also relating these accidents to non-compliance of Hydrostatic testing of CNG cylinders. Both are absolutely wrong impressions. This incorrect reporting has continued to date which has developed serious apprehensions about CNG cylinders in general public.
Staff of Ivory Coast bus company Société de Transport Abidjanais (SOTRA) and PETROCI (National Society of Petroleum Operations in Côte d’Ivoire) have undergone specialised training on compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles with representatives of GDF SUEZ. The training, which took place in December, allows the 35 participants to obtain the necessary clearance for the operation of four CNG buses recently acquired by SOTRA, in an experimental phase. The SOTRA initiative is in line with the Sustainable Development Charter issued by the public transport company, owned 60% by the Ivory Coast state and 40% by the company Irisbus/Iveco.
In the second half of November the NGV Committee of IBP – Brazilian Oil and Gas Institute conducted a successful NGV Training Course and an HD Vehicle workshop as part of efforts to help grow Brazil’s NGV Industry. The workshop on “Natural Gas for Heavy-Duty Vehicles” was sponsored by Sulgás, the local gas distribution company and attended by 51 participants in Porto Alegre, RG, in the south of the country. Read more »
The Asia Pacific Natural Gas Vehicle Association (ANGVA) is building expertise in the region by running two CNG Cylinder Inspection Courses, one each in Bangkok, Thailand and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The first course, in Bangkok, will run from 23rd to 25th June 2010. The second course, in Kuala Lumpur, will run from 28th to 30th June 2010. Authorities in both countries are considering accrediting course graduates as certified inspectors. Read more »
Sydney based CFS International has wrapped up a busy second half to 2010, putting more than 50 industry members from Bangladesh through one of the most comprehensive NGV training programs the company has staged since its formation in almost ten years ago. The CNG industry is an important element of Bangladesh’s economy and energy setup. Bangladesh has one of the world’s highest CNG market penetration rate, with a CNG vehicle population (currently at about 250,000 out of a total vehicle population of some one million). Read more »
Oklahoma State is to benefit from more than $18.6 million in stimulus funds awarded by the US Government this week to support energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Included in the expected outcomes, for which $11 million has been allocated, will be vehicle and bus conversions to CNG, provision of equipment for CNG refueling stations and three projects intended to address the need for training and outreach to develop a green-jobs work force. Read more »
The Malaysian government has set up a youth training program specifically aimed at assisting Indian youth in the country to find employment. Announced by Malaysian Human Resources Minister Dr S. Subramaniam, the ‘Train and Place’ program has been allocated more than 1 million ringgits (USD 285,000) to train 25 youth as installers of NGV systems and 150 more as mechanics. Through partnerships with local private colleges, the ministry aims to create a pool of skilled workers and reduce dependence on foreign workers, he added. Quoted in the Star Online, Dr Subramaniam said “The 175 trainees will complete their training in November and will likely be employed in December”.