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Endesa Inaugurates First Public Access CNG Station in Paris

Endesa Inaugurates First Public Access CNG Station in Paris

| France, Paris

Endesa Sigeif CNG Station

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Paris has its first public-access fast-fill Compressed Natural Gas filling station. Opened November 24th by the president of the Ile-de-France Region and president of STIF (the transport syndicate of the Paris region), Valérie Pécresse and other dignitaries, the station is located in the Autonomous Port of Paris, in Bonneuil-sur-Marne. 

The inauguration is the result of an agreement signed last April between Endesa and SIGEIF (the association of town councils for the management of gas and electricity in Ile-de-France), which comprises 185 mayors’ offices from the metropolitan area of Paris, to supply gas for public and private transport in the area.

Covering an area of 4,000 m2, the CNG station has two dispensers and built-in capacity to extend this to four, that is, able to fast-fill four trucks simultaneously. It will be open every day 24/7.

The Endesa station opening attracted significant interest.Accompanying Monsieur Pécresse were the General Manager-Marketing at Endesa, Javier Uriarte; the president of SIGEIF, Jean-Jacques Guillet; and the general manager of GRDF (the largest French gas distribution Company), Edouard Sauvage.

This project forms part of Endesa’s strategy of investing in gas as an alternative fuel for heavy vehicles, with the aim of reducing contamination levels in urban areas. As part of its ambitious plan for building natural gas refuelling infrastructure in France, the company intends to roll out three more public gas stations for heavy vehicles in Vannes, in the Brittany region, Saint-Etienne in the region of Auvernia-Ródano-Alps and in Vitrolles in the Provence-Alps-Côte d’Azur region, during 2017.

Endesa points out that CNG is a fuel that, unlike petrol, reduces the emission of particles by 95%, SOx emissions by 100% and NOx emissions by 65%. BioCNG, methane from renewable sources (RNG), enables CO2 emissions to be reduced by 90%. Apart from the environmental benefits, CNG enables savings on fuel and maintenance costs to be reduced. With an autonomy that can exceed 500 km in heavy vehicles, CNG is the alternative to diesel for transporting goods by road.

(Source: Endesa)

LNG Fuel Quality to be Debated at NGV Global 2017

LNG Fuel Quality to be Debated at NGV Global 2017

NGV 2017 LogoNGV Global 2017 Workshop: LNG as a transportation fuel – Matching Fuels and Engines

Wednesday 22 March 2017

The IEA’s 2016 World Energy Outlook has declared there are decades of natural gas use still before us, a view welcomed by the International Gas Union. Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), in fossil-based and renewable forms, is rapidly building market presence: a transportation fuel for today and tomorrow.

The issues associated with LNG fuel quality, a recent focus of industry-related media and critics of natural gas, are being addressed by an international panel of experts as one of the major topics for discussion at NGV Global 2017, the international association’s biennial conference to be held in Rotterdam from March 20 to 23.

Session Preliminary Program

  • Introduction about the project “Matching fuels and engines – a correct ‘octane number’ for LNG“ — DNV GL(Howard Levinsky)
  • “Future LNG market and LNG quality” — Shell and ENGIE (Marc Perrin, ENGIE)
  • “LNG as fuel for Wärtsilä engines in shipping” — Wärtsilä (Kaj Portin)
  • “Preliminary results engine knock behaviour of LNG gases of the three different engine platforms selected: Marine engine, CHP engine, Heavy duty truck engine” — DNV GL (Sander Gersen)
  • Open Debate with the audience regarding matching engines and LNG fuels and the need for a nISO knock standard for LNG — DNV GL, ENGIE, Shell, Wärtsilä

Information about NGV Global 2017 is available at

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IGU Responds to World Energy Outlook 2016

IGU Responds to World Energy Outlook 2016

| Spain, Barcelona

IGU Logo (full)The International Gas Union (IGU) says one of the key findings of the just-released 2016 World Energy Outlook (WEO – 2016) published by the International Energy Agency (IEA), is a positive and welcome message for the gas sector. That message is: greater use of natural gas is a vital part of the transition to a low-carbon economy. The IGU urges policymakers to set clear strategies and policies that support the expanded role of natural gas in the energy mix as they look to achieve a sustainable energy future. 

David Carroll, President of the IGU commented: “The latest WEO 2016clearly outlines the strong case for natural gas. Any sustainable and affordable energy mix that addresses the continued growth in global energy needs and efforts to mitigate climate change has to include natural gas. Natural gas can improve air quality in our cities, enable renewable energies and a smooth transition to a lower carbon economy.”

In the IEA’s New Policies scenario – which takes into account the effects of all existing climate policies and declared policy intentions, including the likely results of the climate pledges made in the COP21 Paris Agreements – global natural gas demand grows by nearly half over the Outlook period. While an anticipated growth rate of 1.5% is lower than observed over the past 25 years (2.5%), natural gas continues to be seen as the fastest growing among fossil fuels and is expected to increase its share in global primary energy demand from 21% today to 24% in 2040.

What is more, also in the IEA’s 450 Scenario, which is even more aspiring in terms of climate change policies (assuming “a set of policies that is consistent with a 50% chance of limiting global warming to 2 degrees”), natural gas is acknowledged as a relatively clean and flexible fuel that is expected to further increase its share in the global energy mix.

The IGU is fully supportive of a transition to a lower carbon economy consistent with the outcome of COP 21, and recognizes the large part that renewable energy will play in that transition. The IGU welcomes the IEA’s view that natural gas is “especially advantageous to the transition if it can help smooth the integration of renewables into power systems along the way.”

Natural gas is highly complementary to renewable energy and its versatility, price, and performance characteristics make it the best fuel to partner with renewable energy sources in multiple ways. Amongst other synergies, the IGU points out that natural gas infrastructure enables the broader use of biogas; and natural gas systems provide the backbone for delivering clean and reliable energy as an alternative fuel for land and marine transportation.

For case studies that demonstrate the role that natural gas can play in these an other applications, please visit

The IGU recommends that greater emphasis and financial support should be placed on innovation and new technologies that focus on the complementary nature of natural gas and renewable energies.

In view of the complementary relationship between natural gas and renewable energies, the IGU says that the natural gas industry and renewable energy sector should be strongly encouraged by policy makers and governments  to continue to build on their collaboration and work to maximize the value of this partnership.

(Source: IGU)

ISO PC252 Fueling Stations – An NGV Global Initiative

ISO PC252 Fueling Stations – An NGV Global Initiative

NGV Global - International Association for Natural Gas VehiclesActive on behalf of the natural gas for transportation industry for 30 years, NGV Global is building a rich history of leadership, collaboration and advocacy. Our Technical Group of Experts is currently focusing on ISO PC252, just one of our many priorities that call for international collaboration and input.  PC252 began with an NGV Global initiative in 2007.

ISO/PC 252 Natural gas fueling stations for vehicles

ISO PC252 was created in 2008 after NGV Global sent two proposals to ISO for drafting international standards on fueling stations for CNG and LNG vehicles. The proposals were a result of the international roundtable held in Geneva in 2007 headed by UN and ISO. The roundtable originated as an NGV Global (known as IANGV at that time) initiative and was subsequently managed by ISO. The roundtable focused on filling the gaps in international standardization for the advancement of gaseous vehicles (mainly Natural Gas, Hydrogen and Biomethane).

MVT Zrt CNG station for bus fleet

MVT Zrt CNG station for bus fleet

As a result of the meeting, it was agreed that NGV Global would collaborate by submitting new work item proposals for standards where gaps are detected in the natural gas for transportation sector. Collaboration with UNECE World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP 29) and others was also agreed. These decisions were circulated within ISO committees and UNECE during 2007.

As a result of NGV Global’s intervention, ISO created Project Committee 252 (PC252) to draft the International Standards for CNG and LNG fueling stations. The CNG standard was initially based upon a project for a European standard which had been dropped after CEN (European Committee for Standardization) could not finalize it in the maximum allowed timeframe.

Clean Energy Dispenser LNG-fueling

LNG refueling from Clean Energy Fuels dispenser

Members of ISO PC252 convened in Vancouver late November 2011 to work on drafts of ISO WD 16923 (CNG fueling stations) and ISO WD 16924 (LNG fueling stations).

NGV Global’s initiative led to ISO Standards 16923 and 16924 covering requirements from all regions and allowing their use under different regulatory frameworks. They were drafted by experts from 36 countries in 5 continents and 3 international organizations (NGV Global, UN, OIML). Both standards are about to be published.

Next Stage

The Committee of ISO PC252 has asked NGV Global to prepare new proposals for the following standards: CNG integrated compression, storage and dispensing equipment (similar to VRAs), Home Refueling Appliances (HRAs), and LNG on demand fueling stations (on-site liquefaction).

NGV Global’s Technical Group of Experts will discuss the formulation of proposals and consult with Members and Associate Members (members of affiliated associations) to ensure the response to the PC252 committee is representative of all parties, where possible, and continues the overarching objective of harmonization of standards.


To join in this discussion, or indeed to participate as a member of our Technical Group of Experts, please email your expression of interest to become an NGV Global Member or NGV Global Sponsor to [email protected].

NGV Global’s leadership in the Natural Gas for Transportation sector is supported by the following sponsors:

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Eni Inaugurates LNG Refuelling Station in Tuscany

Eni Inaugurates LNG Refuelling Station in Tuscany

| Italy, Rome

Eni LNG station at Pontedera, Pisa, Italy

An Iveco Stralis New NP AS440S40T / P LNG refuels.

On Friday, November 4, Italian integrated energy company Eni S.p.A. inaugurated its second liquefied natural gas (LNG) filling station in Italy, adding further to the network of stations being built as part of Europe’s LNG Blue Corridors Project. A new Iveco Stralia NP was on hand to demonstrate the ease of refueling an LNG-powered heavy duty vehicle.

The station was inaugurated on November 4 in Pontedera, located on the SGC highway that connects Florence, Pisa and Livorno. Built by HAM for Eni, the station serves both CNG and LNG.

Eni’s first LNG filling station is located near Eni’s plant in Piacenza, in the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy. The city is roughly midway between Milan and Bologna on one of Italy’s most important road transport routes (Route E35/A1). It was opened in April 2014. Altogether there are now five LNG filling stations in the country.

The LNG Blue Corridors Project aims to set up a network of liquefied natural gas filling stations crossing Europe from North to South and East to West.

Methane in a liquid state allows a vehicle to store about three times the energy content of an equal volume of compressed methane (CNG), thus guaranteeing not only important cost savings and less polluting emissions, but also high autonomy of the vehicle, with heavy duty trucks now able to travel 1,000 km and more without refueling (depending on load, terrain and conditions).

The new Iveco Stralis NP LNG, fitted with a 1,080 litre fuel tank, can extend the range to 1,500 kms. This vehicle features the new engine Iveco Cursor 9 Natural Power Euro VI, the first of its kind to offer the same power and torque of the diesel equivalent.

During his speech, Fabio Pellegrinelli, Gas Business Development Iveco Italian market, drew attention to the importance of this new strategic opening for many industry players with logistic bases adjacent to Pontedera, and for all transportation related to the major port areas of Livorno and La Spezia on Italy’s west coast. Pellegrinelli continued: “The New Stralis NP thanks to their high autonomy, sourcing this new Eni station, to be spread even more effectively the route of North-Central-South Italian connection on the Tyrrhenian side. The new station confirms and supports the growing demand for sustainable transport, an essential requirement today, towards which Iveco has been focused for over 20 years.”


(Source: Iveco)

DNV GL Introduces Barrier-Breaking Tool to Support LNG Fuel Adoption

DNV GL Introduces Barrier-Breaking Tool to Support LNG Fuel Adoption

| Norway, Høvik

LNG carrierAt the European Autumn Gas Conference at The Hague this week, DNV GL launched a new tool to support wider adoption of LNG as a fuel. The online PKI Methane Number Calculator addresses the problem of varying compositions of LNG fuel globally, thereby enabling end users to protect and obtain maximum efficiency from their engines.

Considered a major barrier to widespread adoption, engine knock is characterized by auto-ignition of the unburned fuel mixture, known as the end gas, ahead of the propagating flame in the engine cylinder. DNV GL has devised the PKI Methane Number Calculator to match fuel quality with an engine’s requirements. (PKI is the acronym for propane knock index.)

The PKI Methane Number Calculator can be applied to a wide range of engine types and used across the entire supply chain by engine manufacturers, ship and truck owners, traders, as well as international policy makers on LNG. DNV GL says the tool can also support the development of an international standard.

DNV GL has developed a verified algorithm to quantify the effect of LNG quality on engine knock, and thus to help LNG users ensure safe and efficient engine operations. The algorithm has been shown to give a significantly more accurate reflection of the impact of variations in fuel quality on engine knock than traditional tools. An extra advantage is that the algorithm can be readily incorporated into an engine-control system to maximize knock-free performance when supplied with a wide range of fuel.

DNV GL’s Senior Vice President, Oil & Gas, Liv Hovem, says: “Determining [LNG’s] fitness-for-purpose can be difficult and the consequences of mismatching fuel quality to a specific ship engine can cause potentially dangerous effects such as significant loss of performance, engine shutdown and even damage. Knowledge of the knock characteristics of LNG fuels is therefore crucial for suppliers and traders to provide reliable and efficient products and to break down the perceived barriers of adopting LNG.”

“DNV GL’s PKI Methane Number Calculator applies a generic method to quantify the knock resistance of LNG. The methodology behind the knock characterization calculator has been developed with an eye towards serving as the basis for a robust standard,” says Johan Knijp, Head of Gas Quality and Energy Transition, DNV GL – Oil & Gas. “The user-friendly tool is based on the physical and chemical processes that govern knock and the methodology behind the tool can be applied to a wide variety of new and current marine and land-based engine types. Together with an international industrial consortium, the calculator is currently being extended to cover this full range of engines. Market analyses using the tool to characterize the range of fuel qualities can be used by the entire supply chain, by engine manufacturers, ship and truck owners, by traders and by international policy makers on LNG.”

The knock resistance of LNG is characterized by a methane number, similar to the octane number used in gasoline engines. Users of the tool simply enter LNG composition information such as nitrogen, methane, ethane, propane and n-butane, and the tool calculates a PKI methane number which can be matched with the engine specification.

DNV GL has also launched a joint industry project (JIP) to develop tools to support customers in investment decisions on the design of small-scale LNG distribution infrastructure. The project will perform economic and supply chain optimization analyses to improve knowledge on LNG transportation, storage, quality, and safety. DNV GL also recently undertook a study on the LNG market in the EU as part of its efforts to drive the development of an EU-wide network of LNG refuelling points.

Liv Hovem adds: “Step by step DNV GL is facilitating the removal of barriers hindering the safe and efficient adoption of LNG as fuel and the creation of an open and free LNG marketplace. Our cross-industry collaborations in this arena have already seen the development of a number of recommended practices relating to gas quality and bunkering. Our collaborative efforts will go a long way to increase knowledge and remove any remaining concerns about the adoption and application of LNG as a viable fuel for the future.”

Register here to access the PKI Methane Number Calculator.

(Source: DNV GL)

Galileo Technologies Shortlisted for LNG Award

Galileo Technologies Shortlisted for LNG Award

| Argentina, Buenos Aires

Galileo TechnologiesGalileo Technologies, the Argentinean developer of modular Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) mobile fueling solutions, is among those shortlisted for the World LNG Summit 2016 Awards, specifically, the CWC LNG Technological Innovation Award, which will be awarded to a company that, through technological improvement or change, has made a fundamental change in the production, transportation or regasification of LNG.

The awarding will be held during the next edition of the World LNG Summit, which will take place on December 12-15, 2016, at the Arts Hotel, in Barcelona, Spain.

Galileo Technologies has been nominated for the introduction of its Distributed LNG Production Solutions, which liquefy every type of gas right at the source in any location, and enable distribution logistics that are equal to liquid fuels.

This makes clean gas fuels available without the need of laying pipelines, extending the reach of current natural gas infrastructure or shortening the distance between new gas sources and consumers.

These cutting-edge LNG solutions are part of the new Gas 3.0 technologies engineered by Galileo to take natural gas and biomethane benefits to new consumers.

Galileo Technologies is an NGV Global sponsor member.

(Source: GNC Galileo)

Small Scale LNG Market Targeted by ENGIE-Wärtsilä MoU

Small Scale LNG Market Targeted by ENGIE-Wärtsilä MoU

| France and Finland

Marine technology provider Wärtsilä and global energy company ENGIE are to cooperate in the development of solutions and services within the small scale LNG business sector. The covering Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is described as a strong incentive to co-develop technical solutions that would enable both companies to expand their small scale business activities.

The cooperation covers four work streams: LNG for ships, LNG distribution in islands and remote areas, LNG to Power solutions, and small scale LNG and bio liquefaction. Both Wärtsilä and ENGIE are committed to working for a low-carbon economy, and shifting the focus towards LNG-solutions is seen as being an important step in this direction.

Through this partnership, the two companies will share Wärtsilä’s technical expertise and Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) capabilities, along with ENGIE’s technical expertise, and experience in natural gas distribution and commercialization. Operation and maintenance services will also be offered.

“ENGIE has taken key positions in the small scale LNG market. This agreement with Wärtsilä will help develop innovative small scale LNG solutions with quicker implementation time and enhanced competitiveness,” says Jean-Marc Leroy, ENGIE’s Managing Director Gas Chain.

“We are excited to be working with ENGIE and developing together more sustainable energy solutions for our customers and society as a whole. This cooperation is an important step towards Wärtsilä’s goal of growing our presence in the small to medium scale LNG terminal business,“ says Alexandre Eykerman, Vice President for LNG Solutions at Wärtsilä.

Wärtsilä is currently the EPC (engineering-procurement-construction) contractor for an onshore small scale LNG terminal in Finland, and has successfully delivered several small scale power barges and a biogas liquefaction plant. ENGIE is one of the pioneers in the development of small scale LNG markets and innovative solutions. This includes small liquefaction plants, LNG truck loading, LNG bunkering, LNG fuelling stations, LNG for power applications, and supplying LNG to remote customers.

(Source: Wärtsilä)

Spanish Supermarket Chain Introduces LNG Fleet

Spanish Supermarket Chain Introduces LNG Fleet

| Spain, Lugo de Llanera

Alimerka LNG fleet

Scania LNG trucks will cut emissions and cost.

The Spanish supermarket chain Alimerka has introduced twenty liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered Scania trucks to its distribution fleet, investing EUR 3 million (USD 3.3 million) and cutting emissions of CO2 by approximately 800 tons per year.

The Scania vehicles — 10 x model G340 (6 × 2), 7 x model G340 (4 × 2) and 3 x model P340 (4 × 2) — have a CO2 footprint is 30% less than standard diesel vehicles, with each truck generating 40 tons less CO2.

These vehicles, equipped with two LNG tanks and able to travel 1,000 kms between refuelling stops, will take advantage of the reduced environmental impact and lower operational noise to deliver to inner city locations in Asturias and Castilla León and Galicia.

Alimerka has an LNG fuel supply located within its logistics centre in Lugo de Llanera and aims to provide a sustainable and efficient solution for the environment, at the same time cutting fuel costs.

(Source: Alimerka)

New SEAT Leon 2017 with CNG

New SEAT Leon 2017 with CNG

| Spain, Martorell

New Seat leon 2017

New Seat Leon 2017 available with CNG

SEAT has introduced the New SEAT Leon which will arrive at dealerships at the start of 2017, with pre-ordering open at the end of the year. SEAT’s best-selling model will arrive with new technologies focused on improved functionality and safety, emotional appeal and connectivity, and a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) engine as one of the drivetrain options.

“With the New SEAT Leon, we want to continue the success story of one of SEAT’s most emblematic models, including further technologies in terms of driving assistance systems, safety systems and, of course, connectivity,” said Vice-President for R&D, Dr. Matthias Rabe.

Amongst the new adaptations that will appeal to drivers is the ambient lighting LEDs’ intensity which can be regulated as the driver wishes from the newly designed 8-inch screen, eliminating the need for many of the buttons and dials that exist on the console of the current model. LED technology has also been used in the indicators and fog lights.

Additionally, the Leon has taken onboard the latest technological developments such as Traffic Jam Assist, a function that offers great comfort in traffic with frequent and intermittent stops. Thanks to the combination of the Lane Assist and the ACC, in traffic jams the car manoeuvres, accelerates and brakes automatically within the limits of the system. Up to approximately 60 kph, the system provides assistance with speed while keeping the car in the correct lane.

The New SEAT Leon has for the very first time a Connectivity Box in the central console that enables wireless smartphone charger.

The new SEAT Leon’s range of engines includes the 1.4 litre TGI CNG version which, according to SEAT, offers exceptional performance and high quality often only seen in a sport version.

The new SEAT Leon will be available in three existing body types; the 5-door, the 3-door coupe and the ST family.

There are now more than 5,100 natural gas vehicles (NGVs) in Spain, more than 60% of which are trucks and buses.

(Source: Seat)

IGU Secretariat Relocates to Barcelona

IGU Secretariat Relocates to Barcelona

| Spain, Barcelona

Luis Bertrán Rafecas Assumes Position of IGU Secretary General

The International Gas Union (IGU)’s secretariat has relocated from Oslo, Norway to Barcelona, Spain, with Gas Natural Fenosa and Sedigas becoming the new Secretariat host organizations. The move follows the appointment of Mr. Luis Bertrán Rafecas to the position of Secretary General, taking over from Pål Rasmussen, effective 1st November.

This transition comes at a pivotal time for the global gas industry. There is increasing understanding of the unprecedented role natural gas can play in the global energy transformation. Natural gas is a vital energy source on its own and in its unique ability to enable and support the greater deployment of renewable energies.

The enhanced use of natural gas in power generation, heating and industry will not only drive economic growth, but also reduce carbon emissions as well as emissions of harmful air pollutants.

David Carroll, President IGU, said, “We congratulate Luis on his new position, and also thank outgoing Secretary General Pål Rasmussen for his leadership and contributions to the IGU over the past two years. We would also like to thank Statoil for their significant and generous contribution to the IGU in hosting the Secretariat for the past nine years, and recognize Gas Natural Fenosa and Sedigas for their willingness to host the new Secretariat.“

Luis Bertrán Rafecas, incoming IGU Secretary General commented, “I am delighted to take up the position as Secretary General and work closely with IGU President David Carroll to further advance the role of natural gas in the global energy mix.”

IGU’s 27th World Gas Conference – WGC 2018 – will be held in Washington DC, USA, from June 25-29. It is the first time ever that the World Gas Conference will be held in a country that is both the largest producer and consumer of natural gas.

(Source: IGU)

Near Zero Emission CNG Buses for LA Metro

Near Zero Emission CNG Buses for LA Metro

| USA, Los Angeles CA

LA Metro CNG BusThe Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) in California has more than 2,250 compressed natural gas (CNG) buses in its fleet and that number is growing. Last week, it took delivery of the 900th and final New Flyer XN40 bus of a $508 million contract signed in January 2013 and was granted USD 10.5 million by the U.S. Department of Transportation to fund the purchase of 30 next-generation, near zero-emission CNG buses.

Combined with Metro’s $10.5-million match, a total of $21 million will be invested to replace ageing diesel buses that now operate on seven Metro contracted bus lines. Grant funding will also pay for refueling facilities, as well as an innovative workplace development program to give workers new training opportunities to operate and maintain these and other buses around the county.

“We are appreciative of the U.S Department of Transportation for this grant that will go a long way toward modernizing our contracted bus fleet,” said John Fasana, Metro Board Chair. “This grant represents the largest award in the state of California under this discretionary U.S. DOT program, and it reflects our close federal partnership to give this region the best air quality and vehicle technology possible.”

As part of its procurement, Metro will purchase the cleanest compressed natural gas (CNG) buses ever made. New CNG engines that will be placed in the new buses are 1,000 times cleaner than the diesel buses Metro operated during the 1980s and ‘90s. The engines are also projected to reduce emissions 25 percent more than Metro’s 2014 CNG transit vehicles.

They will be particularly well suited to operate on contracted bus lines in the South Bay and Gateway Cities region, since these areas suffer from stubbornly poor air quality in part due to the heavy truck traffic traveling in and out of port areas. There are now only about 66 contracted diesel buses that have reached the end of their useful life remaining in the county.  Metro has committed to replacing all of them in the coming years.

The seven bus lines that will operate these new 40-foot CNG buses together carry 6.8 million passenger boardings per year. They transport more than 40,000 boardings a week, providing transit access to thousands of jobs and regional destinations, including Los Angeles International Airport.

Metro currently has the largest CNG bus fleet in the country. In 1992, Metro’s Board of Directors adopted a policy to only purchase CNG buses. The agency now has 2,500 CNG buses that travel more than 85 million miles per year. In total, CNG buses have operated about 1.5 billion miles in the county since the program’s inception. CNG fuel is less expensive than diesel on a cost-per-mile basis. Over the last 15 years, Metro has saved an average of 47 cents per mile on CNG fuel costs.

“Metro is already the nation’s leading operator of clean air CNG buses, but this new funding will help us expedite the replacement of a small number of diesel buses that are still in our contracted service fleets,” said Phillip A. Washington, Metro CEO. “We are now one step closer to completely eradicating diesel buses of any kind from the streets of Los Angeles County. I’d like to thank our partners at the U.S. Department of Transportation for helping us reach that goal.”

Metro is now in the CNG bus procurement process, and anticipates putting the new vehicles into service next year.

Metro Receives 900th and Final Bus of New Flyer Order
On October 27, Metro took delivery of the 900th and final New Flyer XN40 bus, describing the bus as a real work horse for the transit agency. Metro’s New Flyer buses deliver about 650,000 miles each week and boast the highest reliability in the fleet. In addition, the XN40 bus features enhanced ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) amenities including an advanced securement system and additional space for passengers in wheelchairs.

“Having a 21st century transportation system means doing everything we can to ease congestion in L.A. County, while continuing to protect our environment,” said Los Angeles Mayor and Metro First Vice Chair Eric Garcetti. “The delivery of the 900th New Flyer XN40 bus reminds us that we can keep our commitment to cleaner air and healthier communities without sacrificing the quality of our transportation system.”

In July, Metro issued a Request for Proposals for as many as 1,000 more buses.

(Source: Metro)

IMO Cuts Sulphur Cap to 0.5% Starting 2020

IMO Cuts Sulphur Cap to 0.5% Starting 2020

| United Kingdom, London

Baleària’s new RoRo dual-fuel passenger ferry

Cruise and ferry vessels are adopting LNG

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has cut the sulphur cap for ships from the 3.5% m/m (mass/mass) global limit currently in place, down to 0.50% m/m, effective January 1, 2020. Proactive shipping companies and passenger transporters with LNG-fuelled vessels already operating or under construction are well-positioned to comply.

IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim welcomed the decision taken during its Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) meeting for its 70th session in London, which he said reflected the Organization’s determination to ensure international shipping remains the most environmentally sound mode of transport.

“The reductions in sulphur oxide emissions resulting from the lower global sulphur cap are expected to have a significant beneficial impact on the environment and on human health, particularly that of people living in port cities and coastal communities, beyond the existing emission control areas,” Mr. Lim said.

The European Commission advises exhaust gases from ships are a major source of air pollution. According to estimates, shipping accounts for up to 30% of total global NOX emissions and 9% of SOX.

Peter Keller, Chairman of SEA\LNG which was formed this year to highlight the benefits of, and promote, LNG as a marine fuel, sees LNG as a viable alternative. “Today, LNG is already a clean, safe, practical and economically viable fuel for the shipping industry.”

Keller explains LNG emits zero sulphur oxides (SOx) and virtually zero particulate matter. Compared to existing heavy marine fuel oils, LNG can, depending on the technology used, emit 90% less nitrous oxides (NOx) and 20-25% less carbon dioxide (CO2).

The decision to implement the requirement will have a major economic impact according to ICS (International Chamber of Shipping). The organisation states: “The decision will be highly significant because the cost of compliant low sulphur fuel is likely to be well over 50% more than the cost of residual fuel. Residual fuel is what most ships currently burn outside of the ECAs. … if by 2020, as some predict, oil prices increase to something approaching US$ 70 a barrel (still well short of the peak in 2014) it has been estimated that the differential between compliant and residual fuel could spike by as much as USD 400 a tonne.”

Arctech Polaris LNG dual-fuel icebreaker

Arctech Polaris LNG dual-fuel icebreaker

According to the IMO press release, under the new global cap ships will have to use fuel oil on board with a sulphur content of no more than 0.50% m/m, which includes fuel use in main and auxiliary engines and boilers. Exemptions are provided for situations involving the safety of the ship or saving life at sea, or if a ship or its equipment is damaged.

An increasing number of ships are using natural gas as a fuel (see NGV Global News – Marine). This has been recognised in the development by IMO of the International Code for Ships using Gases and other Low Flashpoint Fuels (the IGF Code), which was adopted in 2015.

According to DNVGL, while different technologies can be used to comply with air emission limits, LNG technology is the only option that can meet requirements for the main types of emissions (SOx, NOx, PM, CO2). The classification society says LNG can be competitive pricewise with distillate fuels and, unlike other solutions, in many cases does not require the installation of additional process technology.

The new global cap will not change the limits in SOx Emission Control Areas (ECAS) established by IMO, which since 1 January 2015 has been 0.10% m/m. The ECAs established under the International Convention for the prevention of Pollution from ships (MARPOL) Annex VI for SOx are: the Baltic Sea area; the North Sea area; the North American area (covering designated coastal areas off the United States and Canada); and the United States Caribbean Sea area (around Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands).

Further work to ensure effective implementation of the 2020 global sulphur cap will continue in the Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR).

The LNG Carrier Gaselys was the first vessel to be powered by the Warsila 50DF dual-fuel engine.

The LNG Carrier Gaselys was the first vessel to be powered by the Warsila 50DF dual-fuel engine.Annex VI to the MARPOL Convention sets progressive stricter regulations in order to control emissions from ships, including sulphur oxides (SOx) and nitrous oxides (NOx) – which present major risks to both the environment and human health.

The date of 2020 was agreed in amendments adopted in 2008. When those amendments were adopted, it was also agreed that a review should be undertaken by 2018 in order to assess whether sufficient compliant fuel oil would be available to meet the 2020 date. If not, the date could be deferred to 2025. That review was completed in 2016 and submitted to MEPC 70. The review concluded that sufficient compliant fuel oil would be available to meet the fuel oil requirements.

(Sources: IMO, ICS)

GAINN4SHIP Dual-Fuel Retrofit Bench Test Proves Benefits of LNG

GAINN4SHIP Dual-Fuel Retrofit Bench Test Proves Benefits of LNG

| Spain, Tenerife

Bencomo Express pre-retrofit emissions testing

Bencomo Express pre-retrofit emissions testing

90% reduction in sulphur oxides

Fred Olsen S.A., a Spanish shipping company that has specialised in services to the Canary Islands, has adapted a Caterpillar 3618 propulsion engine to dual-fuel operation, able to run on both Liquefied Natural gas (LNG) and diesel. The retrofit, carried out under the auspices of the EU GAINN4SHIP INNOVATION project, was presented at the Navantia facilities in Cartagena (Murcia).

During the event, which was opened by the Corporate Director of Systems, Alfredo Gordo, and the General Manager of Fred. Olsen S.A, Andrés Marín, details about the conversion of this engine were presented, as well as about its test bench validation according to the protocol established by the classification society DNV-GL.

Caterpillar High Spreed Engine presentation at NavantiaIn the next few days, the engine testing will be completed with the “Acceptance Test”, which certifies the safe and reliable operation of the engine in dual-fuel mode, in compliance with the technical standards and emissions regulations currently in force.

Measurements of exhaust gas emissions from the retrofitted engine (FO3618DF) were carried out with the collaboration in the project of technicians and teams from the Polytechnic University of Cartagena (UPCT).

The initial data presented at the event regarding emissions from the retrofitted engine showed a 90% reduction in sulphur oxides as well as a reduction in carbon dioxide and in nitrogen oxides, when the engine is operating in dual-fuel mode with a ratio of 90% natural gas to 10% diesel.

This initiative forms part of the GAINN4SHIP INNOVATION project, co-financed by the European Union via the “Connect Europe” programme and coordinated by Fundación Valenciaport. Its main aim is to complete the world’s first retrofit of a high-speed ro-pax vessel, the Bencomo Express, so that it can run on LNG as of 2018.


Bencomo Express

The technological solutions that will be applied to the HSC ropax vessel will prove that using LNG as marine fuel for the HSC (High-Speed Craft) fleet is possible. The pilot will be the first case in the world of a retrofitted HSC ropax vessel that maintains all the features needed in the liner service where the ship is deployed whilst increasing service quality.

The technology developed for the adaptation of this propulsion engine to dual fuel will be used to convert the four CAT3618 engines currently on the Bencomo Express, without any need to replace them with new ones. This internationally pioneering technology developed by Fred. Olsen will be applicable to most high-speed vessels operating around the world.

Following successful installation and trials with the Bencomo Express, the company plans to convert its entire fleet to dual-fuel operations in the short-to-medium term, thereby maintaining the current shipping model of using high-speed vessels and at the same time reducing the impact of emissions on the environmentally sensitive Canary islands.

(Source: Fred Olsen S.A.)

Irish Retailer Chooses Euro VI Natural Gas Trucks for Spain

Irish Retailer Chooses Euro VI Natural Gas Trucks for Spain

| Spain, Madrid

Primark distribution vehicle in Madrid (Image: Primark)

Image: Primark

Primark, the Dublin-based fashion retailer with outlets throughout Europe, has introduced lower-emission deliveries to its eight stores in the Community of Madrid. Through fleet operator Truck & Wheel, five Scania G Series trucks using natural gas fuel will change the transportation emission profile for Primark distribution in Spain to Euro VI.

The Scania trucks, employing 340 hp natural gas engines, reduce CO2 emissions by 15% compared to similar diesel vehicles, also reducing NOx emissions and particulate matter by 35% and 95% respectively.

According to online news source Logistica Profesional, Stephen Mullen, CEO of Primark for Spain and Portugal, says the company is working to reduce the environmental impact of its stores and logistics operations. “In addition to the introduction of natural gas trucks, we are also analyzing new ways to reduce mileage through efficient transportation planning,” he said.

NGV GLOBAL 2017 News

Featured Exhibitor 8

Tell us a bit about REGO Europe

Rego Europe belong to RegO US and act as sales and distribution center for EIMEA region. The name RegO was derived from the words ‘regulator’ and ‘oxygen’. We have more than 100 years in the industry dating all the way back to 1908 when the first RegO Products were designed for the gas welding industry.

In 1923, the RegO line was established in the young, but promising, LPG industry. Our product engineers, in conjunction with LPG marketers, pioneered the development of propane valves and regulators to meet the needs of rapidly growing industry. In the 1980s, we expanded into cryogenic gases serving the most demanding, mission critical application with full range of valves and regulator.

Are you launching anything new in the coming months? Can you tell us more about it?

Over the past 12 months we have released more than 20 new products over the last 12 months for long-standing and emerging customer needs. We’ve expanded our LPG product series to include a full range of low-emission products that significantly reduce emission; we launched the new SK Advantage Cryogenic Valve which dramatically improves productivity and safety with best industry flow rates and safety with best industry flow rates and leak integrity; and we released our next-generation LNG Fuelling Station Nozzle CryoMac3® which leap-frogged safety performance with our innovative ‘safety release button’ – the nozzle releases safely from the fueling receptacle with just one touch of a button.

On top of all this, we have another 10 new products being released in the coming six months.

What can we expect to see from you at NGV Global 2017?

RegO is manufacturing safe and innovative quality products and two of our main drivers are lower emission and easier, more efficient operations. For example, RegO is actively participating in the ISO working group which is currently developing the first draft of improved nozzle and receptacle standard. We are bringing our leadership and experience and working with filling station, vehicle LNG cylinder system manufacturers, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and most importantly, operators to ensure the future system are safer, easier to operate and more reliable. This will enable deeper adoption of cleaner and more environmentally friendly energy source.

We will be exhibiting our LNG product range that is currently approved and certified to be use with vehicle LNG cylinder (R110) and LNG dispenser for road vehicle (ISO 12617).

What are you most looking forward to at NGV Global 2017?

An event bringing together all the key participants with stimulating presentations examining hot topics, as well as a dedicated exhibition area where you can have meetings. The dissemination of crucial technical and policy updates; sharing experiences from projects underway; promoting and discussing the current and future situation with various networking opportunities facilitating both business-to-businesses and business-to-customer.


Tell us a bit about WEH GmbH

WEH has been a pioneer in the field of alternative fuels since 1986. It laid the foundation for the worldwide NGV1 standard and developed a complete range of products for NGV refuelling: from receptacles and check valves in vehicles to fuelling nozzles, filling hoses, breakaway couplings and filters for fuelling stations. WEH has been the first manufacturer to design a CNG pistol grip nozzle for single-handed operation. Being 10 years field-proven, the Original WEH pistol grip nozzle type TK17 CNG has become today the industry standard.

WEH is a leading manufacturer of CNG refueling components and partner of many automotive manufacturers. WEH refueling products are ideally suited for self-service operation. Safety, ease of operation and the well-executed design of WEH® Products have led to widespread acceptance and customer satisfaction and have been a major step in the development of alternative fuels.

Are you launching anything new in the coming months? Can you tell us more about it?

WEH CNG refueling components undergo continuous development and optimization processes to meet the  constantly increasing requirements of the CNG industry. Subscription to the free WEH Newsletter on the WEH website keeps customers informed on the latest developments in WEH’s CNG product portfolio.

What can we expect to see from you at NGV Global 2017?

The highlight will be of course the long since field-proven Original CNG pistol grip nozzle TK17 CNG from WEH with more than 10 years of experience at filling stations all over the world. WEH will also feature the most comprehensive and unrivalled CNG product range worldwide.

What are you most looking forward to at NGV Global 2017?

We are confident that the NGV G

Featured Exhibitor 6 - ANGP


Tell us a bit about the ANGP Coalition

Collaboration is the key to success. Adsorbed Natural Gas Products (ANGP) is joined by Ingevity, United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) and A. Schulman to advance adsorbed natural gas (ANG) storage technology for motor vehicles.


ANGP has been committed to bringing low-pressure on-board natural gas technology to the motor vehicle world since 2012.   We are in business to design, develop, manufacture, sell and service low-pressure on-board ANG storage technology, and related products, for all classes of motor vehicles.

Ingevity develops and manufactures the activated carbon monoliths that are the core of ANGP’s storage system. With over 100 years of experience in activated carbon development, we are the leading global supplier of activated carbon products used in automotive gasoline vapor emission control systems. Our Nuchar® activated carbon products have proven life-of-vehicle performance and have been used for over 40 years in nearly one billion vehicles worldwide.

United Technologies Research Center
United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) is the innovation engine of United Technologies Corporation. ANGP and UTRC have an exclusive licensing agreement that allows ANGP to use UTRC’s patented and patent-pending technology to develop and produce the world’s first commercially viable conformable, adsorbent-based low-pressure (<1000 psi) composite storage tank for motor vehicles.

A. Schulman, Inc.

A. Schulman’s team of experienced engineers and chemists formulate high-performance structural composites that are transforming industries around the globe. Our advanced and proprietary materials allow designers the freedom to conceive and develop complex, three-dimensional solutions at a lower cost compared to parts fabricated with traditional composites or metals.

 Are you launching anything new in the coming months? Can you tell us more about it? 

ANGP will be launching the vehicle industry’s first low-pressure conformable Type IV ANG tank in 2017, based on technology developed by UTRC under U.S. Department of Energy, Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) sponsorship. ANGP is the exclusive global licensee of this UTRC technology for the adsorbent-based natural gas vehicles market and is working with A. Schulman to commercially develop and manufacture the conformable ANG tank. ANG technology enables a more economical hybrid (natural gas and gasoline) vehicle alternative for private refueling compared to hybrid electric vehicles and high-pressure compressed natural gas (CNG) bi-fuel hybrid vehicles in the light duty vehicle market. Conformable tank technology allows ANG tanks to be located beneath a vehicle, freeing up valuable cargo space that typically would be occupied by bulky cylinders. 

What can we expect to see from you at NGV Global 2017? 

ANGP and Ingevity will both be giving presentations on ANG technology for the natural gas vehicle market in Breakout Session 8 (Vehicle Markets). Our coalition members will be jointly exhibiting in the Exhibit Hall in Booth B-01.

 What are you most looking forward to at NGV Global 2017?

As our coalition’s initial market focus has been in the United States, we look forward to discussing the potential of low-pressure ANG technology for the light duty vehicle market in other countries around the world.


Tell us a bit about Hexagon Composites Group

Hexagon Composites is the global leader in Type 4 high-pressure composite cylinders for the storage and transportation of gas in natural gas vehicles (NGVs) and mobile pipelines. Our wholly-owned subsidiaries, Hexagon Lincoln, Hexagon Raufoss and xperion Energy & Environment design and manufacture Type 4 cylinders and gas distribution systems at modern automated facilities in Lincoln (Nebraska, USA), Raufoss (Norway) and Kassel, Germany. Our cylinders are primarily used for compressed natural gas (CNG), biomethane and compressed hydrogen gas (CHG).

On 5 October 2016, Hexagon Composites acquired Energy & Environment in Germany to strengthen its position in the global composite pressure cylinder and systems market. xperion Energy & Environment, headquartered in Kassel, Germany, is a leading manufacturer of Type 4 high pressure cylinders for the automotive industry and gas transportation.

What can we expect to see from you at NGV Global 2017?

  • Type 4 composite high pressure vessels for light duty vehicles
  • Type 4 composite high pressure vessels for Mobile Pipeline / Transport solutions for CNG as well as hydrogen and biogas

What are you most looking forward to at NGV Global 2017?

  • Meet our global customers, prospects and industrial players from all over the world
  • Present ourselves as one company group (same strategic direction, we offer a selection of different products and solutions..)
  • Networking with other global players in th

Tell us a bit about HEROSE

HEROSE GmbH is a key worldwide manufacturer of valves for cryogenic applications within the industrial gas and LNG storage, distribution, plant and shipping sectors. Benefiting from over 140 years of experience in the development and manufacturing of valves, HEROSE strives to provide customers with technical solutions that exceed industry standards.

HEROSE’s comprehensive cryogenic product range includes safety, globe, gate, check, control and ESD (emergency shut down) valves.

The company’s range is enhanced by the recent introduction of electrically actuated shut-off valves, in addition to the fire safe certified cryogenic valves for LNG or similar hazardous applications. Today HEROSE is at the leading edge of valves being supplied for LNG ship fuelling installations. HEROSE is helping to pioneer changes in the evolving cryogenic gas.


Are you launching anything new in the coming months? Can you tell us more about it?

We will launch new products later this year.

What can we expect to see from you at NGV Global 2017?

We will show our experience as a valve manufacturer in the small scale LNG business. This includes valves for storage and transportation of LNG. Valves which are used in process plants of LNG and the main topic valves for LNG fuelled ships.

For the LNG fuelled ships we do have a virtual reality movie which shows the application of an LNG fuelled vessel in a very authentic way. On you tube you can see the movie already:


What are you most looking forward to at NGV Global 2017?

Built up relation with the companies involved in the LNG business.

FEATURED EXHIBITOR - IMI Precision Engineering

IMI Precision Engineering

A world leader in pneumatic motion and fluid control technologies, IMI Precision Engineering works with it’s brands IMI Norgren, IMI Buschjost, IMI FAS, IMI Herion and IMI Maxseal closely with customers to gain a deeper understanding of their engineering needs, and

then connects its people, products and expertise to give their equipment and their business a clear advantage. IMI Precision Engineering’s reputation rests on a world-class portfolio of high performance products, the innovation and technical expertise of its 6000-plus people, and an ability to deliver exceptional local service. A subsidiary of the £1.7 billion turnover engineering group IMI PLC, IMI Precision Engineering has a sales and service network in 75 countries, technical centres in the USA, Germany, UK and China, and manufacturing facilities around the world.


New products being launched

New High Pressure CNG solenoid valve cartridge systems.

Solenoid valves for Cryogenic and LNG application.




What can we expect to see from you at NGV Global 2017?

CNG High Pressure solenoid valves and systems.

Cryogenic and LNG solenoid valves.


What are you most looking forward to at NGV Global 2017?

Meeting new potential customers and getting updates on market information.


Tell us a bit about Endress & Hauser

Endress+Hauser is a global leader in measurement instrumentation, services and solutions for industrial process engineering. The Group employs 13,000 personnel across the globe, generating net sales of 2.1 billion euros in 2015. Endress+Hauser provides sensors, instruments, systems and services for level, flow, pressure and temperature measurement as well as analytics and data acquisition. The company supports customers with automation engineering, logistics and IT services and solutions. Our products set standards in quality and technology.

Since over 25 years Endress+Hauser supports the development of alternative fuels with specific products and solutions.

Are you launching anything new in the coming months? Can you tell us more about it?

In the late 2016 Endress+Hauser has launched a new flowmeter type for LPG applications. This new solution offers a custody transfer approved measurement of LPG in both mass and corrected volume units.

What can we expect to see from you at NGV Global 2017?

At NGV Global 2017 Endress+Hauser will show the complete flowmeter portfolio dedicated to all types of alternative fuels including CNG, LPG and LNG.

What are you most looking forward to at NGV Global 2017?

We are most looking forward meeting all other members of the “alternative fuels community” to exchange experiences and future activities.

FEATURED EXHIBITOR - Clean Energy Compression


Tell us a bit about Clean Energy Compression

Clean Energy Compression is a single-source supplier of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling systems, including compressors, dispensers, gas control and storage systems for vehicle applications and bulk CNG transportation. In 1984 Clean Energy Compression produced its first compressor. Now with over 30 years of experience, Clean Energy Compression has supplied over 1800 CNG fueling systems to over 30 countries worldwide, with a strong focus on North America, South America, China, Southeast Asia, and Africa. Clients include gas utilities, petroleum companies, fleet operators of all sizes, CNG station owners, and off-grid remote natural gas supply for industrial gas and consumer use. Clean Energy Compression is committed to building long-term relationships by focusing on customer needs, satisfaction and overall value. Effective and timely after-market support is delivered through a network of wholly owned global service centers and authorized representatives, providing technical support, parts and service. Engineering Leadership & Quality Manufacturing With dedication to delivering efficient, high-quality CNG solutions worldwide, Clean Energy Compression’s proven non- lubricated compressors set the benchmark for clean CNG delivery, reducing operating costs associated with oil-based compressors maintenance and oil contamination in fleet vehicles’ fuel supply. As an ISO 9001:2008 certified company, Clean Energy Compression is committed to building quality into our products, business processes and services. A Clean Energy Company In 2010 Clean Energy Compression joined the Clean Energy family of companies through acquisition. Clean Energy Fuels Corp® (NASDAQ:CLNE) is the largest provider of natural gas fuel for transportation in North America, fueling over 40,000 vehicles each day. The company owns, operates or supplies over 550 natural gas fueling stations in 42 states in the United States and in British Columbia and Ontario in Canada.


Are you launching anything new in the coming months? Can you tell us more about it?


In June Clean Energy Compression launched the CleanCNG Compressor. The CleanCNG’s standardized approach allows quick and easy adaptations to the full range of inlet pressures (15 different kits) without re-engineering. As well as: Faster ordering, Reduced engineering time and cost, More predictable performance and continuous improvement, Faster parts ordering ,Simpler scalability & interconnectivity. The CleanCNG™ natural gas compressor also delivers industry leading, ultra-low system vibration that exceeds API 618 standards. CleanCNG™ runs so smoothly that a Canadian one dollar coin can be balanced on its edge on a 250 HP, unanchored compressor running on a gravel pad.


What can we expect to see from you at NGV Global 2017?


At NGV Global we will be sharing the latest innovations in Clean Energy Compression’s industry leading non-lubricated Natural Gas Compressors.


What are you most looking forward to at NGV Global 2017?


Clean Energy Compression is looking forward to learning about the latest industry advancements in global markets and sharing the innovation of our non-lubricated compressors with the industry.


NGV GLOBAL 2017. Invitation to Industry Meeting. Tuesday 18 October: Amsterdam
NGV Global invites you to attend a presentation we are holding in Amsterdam on Tuesday 18th October.  This is a special presentation regarding the opportunities at the NGV GLOBAL 15th biennial conference and exhibition being held in Rotterdam, from March 20-23, 2017.

NGV GLOBAL is the once every two year global gathering of NGV strategic, commercial and technical executives  – presented by the world’s industry association, NGV Global, and supported by the International Gas Union.  One of the prime objectives of the Association is to ‘increase the use of natural gas and biomethane for transport’ – transport being on-road, off-road, marine and rail.

At this presentation you will receive information on:

  • The exhibiting opportunities for Europe-based companies that supply products and services to the natural gas industry.
  • Details on the profile of the delegates who will attend from around the world.
  • Trade Visitor marketing to deliver even more qualified buyers to the Exhibition, mainly from Europe, but also from all major regions utilising natural gas and biomethane as a fuel for transportation. Importantly, this will include details on how we will work with your company to reach your specific target audiences.
  • Innovations such as the Marine NGV as we acknowledge that many NGV companies have diversified into marine applications, as well as small scale LNG.
  • Exhibition floorplan, details on already contracted exhibitors, exhibition space options, sponsorship etc.
  • Speaking opportunities including Call for Abstract details.  (Submission closing date: 27 October 2016)
NGV GLOBAL 2017.  Invitation to Venue Inspection. Rotterdam Ahoy. Monday 17 October: Rotterdam


We also invite you to attend:

  • Venue inspection – Rotterdam Ahoy – 17th October

This is your opportunity to walk-through the NGV Global 2017 venue, and to give you an understanding of the location of the exhibition and conference spaces and the layout of the event.

To confirm your attendance at the presentation or the venue inspection, or for further information, please contact Joanne Mai at[email protected] before Monday 5 September.

Diego Goldin, Executive Director, NGV Global

New Chair of NGV GLOBAL Program Committee

Phil Fathers, NGV Global Board (UK) has taken the position of Chair of the Program Committee. Phil is a member of the NGV Global Board and is based in the UK. He is currently Director of AF Consulting.

Joining the Committee is Lennart Pilskog, NGV Global Vice-Chair (Sweden). Lennart Pilskog has almost 40 years of working experience in the automotive industry, which he spent at Volvo during his whole career. In this time span, he has been active in most parts of the world and virtually all of the company’s product sections: cars, trucks, buses, aircraft engines and others. In his current position as Director Public Affairs of Volvo Trucks, Pilskog is responsible for handling external corporate communication relating to the truck branch of the Swedish manufacturer.

These appointments are exciting additions to the Program Committee and ensure that NGV GLOBAL 2017 will be a must attend event.


New Abstract Submission Critical Dates
New Abstract Submission Dates

Abstract submission for the NGV GLOBAL 2017 Conference & exhibition is now open.

Download – Abstract Submission Template
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The Program Committee is looking for exciting and innovative research, developments, projects, technology and marketing to showcase in the program. Have you been facilitating change, embarking on exciting new projects, completing rigorous research, resolving technical or commercial barriers?  What is your success story? Now is the time to work with your colleagues and consider which abstracts need to be submitted and presented at the Conference.

The goal of the conference is to inspire increased implementation across all modes of transportation, by helping attendees understand the many economic and environmental opportunities created by the use of natural gas fuel.

The Organising Committee invites you to submit your paper for consideration for inclusion in the NGV GLOBAL 2017 Conference and Exhibition Program. All abstracts for inclusion will be reviewed by the Committee.

Critical Dates

Abstract submission opens Now open
Call for Abstracts Closes 27 October 2016
Notification of Acceptance 24 November 2016
Early Bird Registration Deadline December 2016
NGV GLOBAL 2017 20-23 March 2017

The Program Committee may consider abstracts received after the closing date however preference will be given to papers received prior to the closing date.

Note that due to the expected high interest in speaking at NGV Global, we regret that it will not be possible to include all papers. However, we may be able to offer alternative opportunities to companies wishing to participate.

The conference will focus on the following main themes:

  • Policy
    • Environmental
    • Economic
    • Social
  • Technology
    • Marine
    • Vehicle
    • Fuel Supply
  • Implementation
    • Marine
    • Vehicle
    • Fuel Supply

If you have any enquiries please contact the Conference Managers at +612 9436 0232 or via email [email protected]

Conference eNews June 2016
NGV GLOBAL 2017 Abstract Submission Open

Critical Dates

Abstract submission opens Now open
Call for Abstracts Closes 27 August 2016
Notification of Acceptance 24 November 2016
Early Bird Registration Deadline December 2016
NGV GLOBAL 2016 Conference and Exhibition 21-24 March 2017






The conference will focus on the following main themes:

  • Policy
    • Environmental
    • Economic
    • Social
  • Technology
    • Marine
    • Vehicle
    • Fuel Supply
  • Implementation
    • Marine
    • Vehicle
    • Fuel Supply

Abstracts are accepted within any of the above topics or should you have an abstract in another area the Committee are happy to accept the abstract for review.

Instructions for Authors                               

Abstracts should be submitted online using the abstract portal and abstract template available on this page.

If you are unable to access the template, please contact the Conference Secretariat via email at [email protected]  to make alternative arrangements. The deadline for Abstract submission is 27 August 2016, at midnight. You will be sent an acknowledgement via email to confirm your abstract has been received.

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Log In – Abstract Portal 

Introducing NGV GLOBAL 2017

NGV GLOBAL 2017 brings together sustainable transportation stakeholders from around the world including technology companies, fleet operators, OEMs, infrastructure developers, fuel providers and policymakers.

NGV Global will address a variety of relevant topics for the NGV community. The conference will focus on the following main themes:

  • Policy
    • Environmental
    • Economic
    • Social
  • Technology
    • Marine
    • Vehicle
    • Fuel Supply
  • Implementation
    • Marine
    • Vehicle
    • Fuel Supply

The Call for Papers is open and we welcome you and your organisations to consider making a submission to this once every two years event. For more information on the Call for Papers please click here.


French Companies Collaborate to Deliver LNG Marine Fuel Solutions
| France, Paris

French engineering and technology company GTT (Gaztransport & Technigaz SA) and Endel, a subsidiary of the Energy Services Branch of ENGIE Group, reaffirmed their collaboration in the area of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as a marine fuel, following the recent signing of a Technical Assistance and License Agreement (TALA) for the construction of GTT membrane containment systems. In the framework of this agreement, Endel unveiled a mock-up of a Mark III type GTT membrane system.

This partnership benefits clients wishing to equip their vessels with LNG membrane tanks adapted to all types of vessels, such as liners, container vessels, bulk carriers, and RO/RO vessels.

“I welcome the partnership with Endel, a company which has much experience in the maritime domain. I am convinced that the market for LNG as a fuel has a great future, and that the collaboration with Endel will make it possible to convince ship-owners of the attractiveness of going to LNG as a fuel, and of opting for the membrane tank technology,” stated Philippe Berterottière, Chairman and CEO of GTT.

GTT is building strategic industrial partnerships and deploying significant means in research and development, in order to advance its technologies and to offer economic solutions to shipyards and ship-owners.

(Source: GTT)

France’s Perrenot Chooses 250 New Stralis NP for Fleet
| Spain, France and Italy

Iveco Stralis press display MadridLast week, Iveco, an Italian industrial vehicle manufacturer, launched the New Stralis NP at its manufacturing base in Madrid, Spain. On the same day of the international launch, French transportation and logistics company Perrenot Group placed an order for 250 of these natural gas powered trucks — the largest fleet of natural gas trucks in Europe according to Pierre Lahutte, Iveco Brand President.

Iveco sees such a significant order as a turning point in the transition towards sustainability in road freight transport in Europe and validation of the company’s vision as a pioneer in the natural gas industrial vehicle market for the past two decades. With the natural gas powered Daily, Eurocargo and Stralis, Iveco offers product that now covers all market sectors – from urban distribution to international transport.

Founded in 1945, Perrenot Group (formerly known as UNIC) has grown to be one of France’s leading transport brands across all sectors (mass distribution, long haulage, construction, bulk, containers, logistics, etc.), both nationally and internationally. Iveco is the dominant brand in Perrenot Group’s fleet.

The Group was among the first in Europe to use biomethane-powered Iveco tractors in their operations in 2012. To this day, these remain the only vehicles capable of contributing to better air quality, drastically reducing CO2 emissions, and halving noise levels.

In 2013, having tested other alternative energy solutions, Iveco’s natural gas technologies proved to be the natural choice for Perrenot Group with the purchase of the first CNG refrigerated transporters fuelled by liquid nitrogen. In 2014, the Group took yet another innovative step, commissioning the first LNG tractors in France.

Jacky Perrenot, President and founder of Perrenot Group, stated: “Today we are taking a key step in our development thanks to Iveco’s advanced natural gas technology – and in particular the brand’s new 400 hp engine. Combined with the dual LNG tank configuration, which increases the tractor’s range to 1500 km, this opens up new business opportunities for us, especially in long-distance transport operations. The exceptional performance of the new Stralis NP confirms we made the right choice with Iveco’s natural gas technology as the best alternative to diesel fuel, both economically and environmentally.”

Philippe Givone, President of the Perrenot Group Transport holding company, added: “For the first time ever, these new Iveco natural gas trucks won’t be assigned to missions specific to them – instead, they will replace diesel tractors on current missions, with no need for special adaptations. This is a major change in our approach to freight transport – a change Iveco has seen coming for a long time now!”

Pierre Lahutte, Iveco Brand President, concluded: “With this historic order Perrenot Transport will be running the largest fleet of natural gas trucks in Europe. For its part, Iveco has reached a further milestone in its leadership in natural gas technologies for sustainable road transport. We are very proud of Perrenot Group’s trust in Iveco, which is the result of the unique partnership that has allowed our two groups to write a new important chapter in the history of sustainable transport in Europe.”

(Source: Iveco)

Shell Netherlands LNG Fuel Network Expands to Five Stations

Shell Netherlands LNG Fuel Network Expands to Five Stations

| Netherlands, Amsterdam

Netherlands Shell LNG station 2016Shell has continued the rollout of Liquefied Natural Gas fuel in The Netherlands by opening it’s fifth LNG truck refuelling station, located in Eindhoven. The station is located along the A2 motorway, a major truck route servicing Belgium, France and the German Ruhr area, and has capacity to refuel up to 200 LNG trucks per day.

”With the addition of Eindhoven, we now offer a relevant network for LNG fuel in the Netherlands,” says Lauran Wetemans, General Manager Downstream LNG for Shell. ”There are more and more options in the truck market and the trends are not static. We continue to work with truck manufacturers, customers and policymakers to develop it further. The station in Eindhoven is an important step to further expand the network of LNG filling stations in Europe. ”

Transport companies Vos Logistics, Zandbergen Transport and Waterfront BV are among the first customers of the new LNG station. ”That Shell’s LNG tank network continues to expand is a confirmation that it was a good choice to invest and develop as a pioneer in LNG,” says Annemarie Timmermans, LNG Project Manager. ”Vos Logistics deliberately chooses LNG trucks for a more sustainable fleet and international transport.”

More and more road haulage companies are considering natural gas as a cost-competitive and cleaner fuel. “It’s great to see customers now fill their trucks with Shell LNG Fuel at the Shell filling station, where customers formerly refueled with diesel and GTL fuel,” said Robert Springer, Sales Manager Commercial Fleet. ”We take pride in leading the development of safe and cost efficient LNG fuel. LNG has become an important part of the fuels mosaic for the future. ”

Shell intends to build more LNG filling stations in the Netherlands and to expand the network in Europe.

(Source: Shell)

NGV Europe to Launch Well-to-Wheel GHG Study

NGVA Europe to Launch Well-to-Wheel GHG Study

| Belgium, Brussels

NGVA_EUROPE_LOGONGVA Europe, representing leading companies and associations from Europe involved in natural gas and biomethane as a vehicle fuel, is launching a Well-to-Wheel (W-t-W) study to show how the greenhouse gas (GHG) intensity of natural gas compares with other fuels. The initiative is a direct contribution to the discussion on the review of the EU’s Fuel Quality Directive, legislation that also defines default values for the GHG intensity of natural gas and other fuels.

The Fuel Quality Directive applies to all petrol, diesel and biofuels used in road transport, as well as to gasoil used in non-road-mobile machinery. The Fuel Quality Directive requires a reduction of the greenhouse gas intensity of the fuels used in vehicles by 6% by 2020.

Secretary General of NGVA Europe, Matthias Maedge, explains the European gas vehicle industry would like to more strongly contribute to the discussion of comparative figures, as recently presented material revealed substantial knowledge gaps on gas as a vehicle fuel. The association plans to address this by providing updated data and views of the European gas and vehicle industry, helping to establish the most up-to-date lifecycle GHG information possible on natural gas used as a transportation fuel.

The report will be prepared in line with the ISO14040 standard and will be subject to third-party review. It is supported by a broad industry consortium of gas, infrastructure and vehicle companies across the whole gas value chain. NGVA Europe is taking the lead as project coordinator.

Maedge says this is the first time the industry has come together for such an important initiative and to contribute to an informed debate, the report is targeted for publication in March 2017.

Galp Kicks Off Spanish Network with First CNG Station
| Portugal, Lisbon

Gasolinera Galp S.S.De Los Reyes-Jarama

Galp’s Jarama service station

International energy company Galp Energia (Galp), headquartered in Lisbon, Portugal, has commenced the process of authorization for the installation and operation of a CNG fueling facility in the province of Madrid, Spain. Galp’s Jarama service station is located in San Sebastián de los Reyes on the northern side of the City of Madrid, on the A1 Highway and in front of the renowned Jarama Circuit which hosts numerous motor racing events including the Spanish Motorcycle Grand Prix.

With the opening of the CNG station, which will be operational next autumn, Galp will bring significant environmental improvements to the province. Jarama service station will become the first station operated by Galp to supply natural gas, marking the beginning of the company’s commitment to install alternative fuel supply points in its service stations in Spain.

The CNG fueling facility will be installed with the collaboration of HAM S.A., a pioneer in the field of natural gas for vehicles.

Galp plans to open additional natural gas refueling facilities in Spain, where it operates more than 620 conventional fuel stations, throughout 2016.

(Source: Galp Energia)

New Volvo V90 Bi-fuel SW to be Launched with Westport NG Technology
| Canada, Vancouver BC and Sweden, Gothenburg

Volvo V90Westport Fuel Systems Inc. (Westport), manufacturer of alternative fuel systems and components, says Volvo Car will launch the bi-fuel version of its new V90 station wagon fitted with Westport natural gas technology. The engine can run on either compressed natural gas (CNG)/biomethane (RNG) or petrol and forms part of Volvo Car’s Engine Architecture, which ranks as one of the best engine families in the world. 

The V90 is Volvo’s new 5-door, 5-seat large premium estate. It is built on the new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), Volvo’s advanced modular product platform that will underpin all new Volvo cars in the 90 and 60 Series.

The V90 is based on the same engine technology as the Volvo V60 sports wagon which recently won second place in the Best Environmental Car in Sweden – company car category.

The range on CNG/RNG is estimated to be 400 km; the storage of the cylinders is in the rear of the vehicle, hence there is an increased height of the flooring. The bi-fuel vehicle with intact petrol tank provides a combined-fuel estimated driving range of 1,400km.

The V90 is expected to offer low emissions of 120 gm CO2 when run on CNG and 40 gm CO2 when 100% renewable natural gas is used. As well as top quality green credentials, the car will also feature a high-performance 254 horsepower engine, 350NM torque and an eight-speed automatic gearbox, delivering the same performance as the petrol version.

Volvo_V90 bi-fuel Jun2016“The Volvo V90 BiFuel will be an important model for us. It will primarily benefit our taxi fleet customers, and it will also be good for companies with an explicit environmental policy,” said Fredrik Isakson, Manager Fleet Sales and Business Development at Volvo Car Sverige.

“Westport and Volvo Car are working together to provide customers with leading natural gas technology, great performance and ultimately a low-emissions profile. By collaborating with OEMs, like Volvo Car, we are able to develop vital technology solutions to reduce emissions and continue to meet demand for premium natural gas vehicles,” said Nancy Gougarty, President and COO of Westport.

“The combination of Volvo Car’s exemplary automotive engineering and Westport’s advanced natural gas technology ensures that the V90 BiFuel will provide both a superior driving experience and excellent environmental benefits. The 254 horsepower engine makes it the most powerful CNG car on the market and, therefore, the natural choice for high-performance green driving”, said Anders Johansson, Managing Director, Westport Sweden.

Sales of the V90 BiFuel, which will supersede the Volvo V70, will start in Sweden in June, 2016. Vehicle deliveries are expected to start in December, 2016.

Volvo and Westport are corporate members of NGV Global.

(Sources: Westport and Volvo)

Gas Natural Fenosa Opens LCNG Station in France
| France, Castets

Gas Natural Fenosa LCNG Station opens in Castets, FranceGas Natural Fenosa has opened its first filling station in France to offer both Compressed (CNG) and Liquefied (LNG) natural gas to the public, and commercial and municipal fleets. Commissioned in September 2014, the station will be operated by Gas Natural Fenosa and will supply about 100 tons of LNG per month. It is located in Castets, in the Department of Landes in Southwestern France (north of Bayonne).

Ideally located along the Atlantic corridor (A63) , the station enables carriers to source fuel for journeys north to Europe and south to Spain and Portugal. One of the key clients will be Transports P. Mendy, a French transportation company based in Benésse-Maremne, through which the 63 passes, and which is credited with establishing the first fleet of LNG-fuelled trucks in France.

All carriers having previously contracted with Gas Natural Fenosa will have access to the station. A contract does not necessarily mean a volume commitment but obtaining a specific card linked to a driver or a vehicle, and which consumption will be billed monthly at maturity.

LNG is an energy source that is much cleaner than conventional fuels. The nitrogen oxide emissions are reduced by 80%, CO2 emissions are reduced by 15% and engine noise emissions are halved. Vehicles using LNG as fuel can meet the Dutch PIEK certification scheme for operating under 60dB, making them suitable for use in night time deliveries without causing noise disturbance.

Gas Natural Fenosa, a multinational energy company and supplier of natural gas in France since 2005, has diversified into offering natural gas as an economical and ecological alternative fuel for transportation. The company has a network of 38 service stations of which 8 are LNG / LCNG.

(Source: Gas Natural Fenosa)

Sea-going Vessel Bunkers LNG First in Rotterdam

Sea-going Vessel Bunkers LNG First in Rotterdam

| Netherlands, Rotterdam

Tersund in Port of Rotterdam (Photo: Ries van Wendel de Joode/HBR)The first sea-going vessel to bunker Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in the Port of Rotterdam is the Ternsund, the procedure being commenced Tuesday August 9 at the Prins Willem Alexander Harbour in the Eemhaven area of port. By electing to refuel at the port, the brand new product tanker of the Swedish shipping company Terntank is entitled to receive the first Rotterdam ‘LNG bunkering incentive’, being a ten percent on seaport dues.

On Sunday, the Ternsund arrived for the first time in Rotterdam to unload naphtha and gas oil at Vopak in the Botlek, then moved to the selected bunker location on Monday.

Bunkering Procedure
First, the temperature of the fuel tank was ‘cooled down’; from ambient temperature to operating temperature. With the aid of nitrogen, the temperature was reduced from +20 °C to -162 °C over eighteen hours. Then the actual bunkering of Shell LNG started. To this end, trucks drive between the Eemhaven and the Gate terminal (property of Vopak and Gasunie) on the Maasvlakte.

The bunkering of the cleaner fuel will be completed on Wednesday morning. The vessel will then continue to Gothenburg.

Next year, the Port Authority will welcome a new bunker vessel which Shell will use to supply sea-going vessels with LNG from the water.

LNG in Rotterdam
The Port of Rotterdam Authority strives to turn the port into a major European LNG hub and promotes the transition from fuel oil to the much cleaner LNG as fuel for shipping. By using LNG, inland vessels, coasters, ferries and heavy transport reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions up to 20 percent and nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions up to 85 percent. Sulphur and particulate matter emissions are reduced to practically zero. This is an important reason for the Port of Rotterdam Authority to encourage the use of LNG.

In the meantime, the Port Authority expects possible other sea-going vessels in Rotterdam to bunker LNG. The cost for the cleaner fuel is some 20 percent lower than elsewhere, and moreover, Rotterdam offers various incentives. The Environmental Ship Index and the LNG Bunkering Incentive each offer a premium worth 10 percent of the seaport dues.

(Source: Port of Rotterdam)

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Finland’s First LNG Filling Station Opens for HDVs

Finland’s First LNG Filling Station Opens for HDVs

| Finland, Helsinki

Gasum LNG station at Vuosaari HarbourFinland’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) filling station serving heavy-duty vehicles (HDV) and also enabling the distribution of biogas was opened earlier this week at Vuosaari Harbor, Helsinki. It is an integral part of Gasum’s plan to expand the road fuel gas market. The next LNG filling stations will be opened in autumn 2016 in Turku and during 2017 in Jyväskylä and Vantaa.

The deployment of gas filling stations for heavy-duty road vehicles is supported by the stricter emission targets set for transport, the demand for low-emissions transport and the need to diversify propulsion in road transport. The LNG filling stations currently under construction have been granted EU co-funding to facilitate the implementation of the objectives of the pan-European TEN–T Core Network in countries including Finland.

“The growing supply of gas-fueled vehicles and the new filling stations will further improve the opportunities to switch to road fuel gases. It’s great that vehicle manufacturers are also actively involved in this development in the Finnish market as well and that Iveco, Scania and Volvo are offering gas-powered vehicles for the Finnish market. Gasum is strongly committed to the development of gas vehicle use, and one element in this is the construction of around 35 new gas filling stations,” says Jussi Vainikka, Business Development Manager, Biogas, from Gasum.

“Environmental issues and technologies to protect the environment already played a significant role in the construction of the Vuosaari Harbor. We find that opening an LNG filling station here where we have a major hub for truck traffic in Southern Finland is a perfectly natural move. We’re happy to be involved in efforts to enable new openings for environmentally sound technology,” says Director Jukka Kallio from Vuosaari Harbor.

This year has been important for the Finnish LNG offering. The construction of Finland’s first LNG import terminal was completed in the summer in Tahkoluoto, Pori. Providing improved access to lower-emissions energy in the industrial, maritime and land markets, the import terminal creates the foundation for further uses of gas in maritime transport, industry as well as heavy-duty road transport. The infrastructure currently under construction will also enable the distribution of biogas.

Chart’s factory CE marked and skid mounted Compact LNG Fueling Station was installed by Chart’s partner Sarlin Oy Ab and commissioned by Chart Ferox engineers. This model is targeted at vehicle fleet bases, remote locations, small ports and also for end-users requiring a temporary fueling solution. Chart’s full service scope includes engineering, equipment manufacture and final site commissioning; with “Plug and Play” installation typically completed inside two days. The stations offer fully automated operation and remote control access and are loaded with our latest technology for maximum safety, accuracy and convenience. An additional CNG module can also be incorporated to offer a complete natural gas fueling service, including CNG and bio-gas vehicles.

Gasum is also implementing several other gas filling station projects around Finland.

(Source: Gasum)

Air Liquide Launches First CNG-LNG-N2 Multi-energy Station
| France, Fléville-devant-Nancy

Air Liquide multi-energy station in NancyAir Liquide has launched France’s (and Europe’s) first multi-energy station in Fléville-devant-Nancy, about 350 km east of Paris. Open to the public and dedicated to road freight transport, the station supplies vehicles with compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG), and liquid nitrogen (N2 ) on a single site. CNG and LNG power trucks are used for urban deliveries. Nitrogen is meant for trucks fitted with a cryogenic refrigerating unit for food refrigerated transport.

Air Liquide cites three major benefits of these fuels: as clean energies, they reduce fine particle and CO2 emissions, specifically when CNG and LNG are supplied from renewable resources (RNG); engine noise is also significantly lower, which is a true asset for urban and peri-urban deliveries, especially at night, and they are more economical, with a lower cost price per mile than diesel.

The station will provide fuels to the truck fleet running on LNG/CNG and on nitrogen for refrigerated transport of Transalliance, a European transport and logistics company. Those trucks are used for deliveries in urban areas on behalf of Samada, Monoprix’s logistics subsidiary.

Air Liquide designed the station, operates the infrastructure, and distributes the fuels. This new station, which should supply 80 trucks over time, is in line with Air Liquide’s strategy in support of clean mobility.

(Source: Air Liquide)

First LNG Icebreaker Bunkered by Skangas
| Norway, Tananger

Skangas bunkers PolarisNorwegian LNG energy solutions company Skangas has made the first delivery of liquefied natural gas (LNG) for the world’s first LNG-powered icebreaker. Polaris is a dual-fuel icebreaker using LNG as the primary fuel and diesel as a reserve fuel. Using LNG results in considerable reductions in the vessel’s particulate, sulfur dioxide, carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions. 

The icebreaker was bunkered from two LNG road tankers at Helsinki’s Vuosaari Harbour on June 18–19, 2016 before her first sea trial on LNG.

Polaris will provide a major increase in security for Finland’s winter navigation – with an added bonus of being powered with environmentally friendly LNG. We’re determined to ensure the efficient and reliable year-round operability of shipping for Finland’s businesses,” says Jarkko Toivola, Head of Winter Navigation Unit at the Finnish Transport Agency.

Polaris represents a new generation of Baltic Sea icebreakers. The special hull design and propulsion arrangement coupled with high power ensure the best icebreaking capacity in the Baltic Sea as well as excellent manoeuvrability,” says Esko Mustamäki, Managing Director of Arctech Helsinki Shipyard, builder of Polaris.

“This is the world’s first LNG-powered icebreaker. LNG is excellently suited for use as a marine fuel as it’s a great alternative to oil, and being environmentally friendly is one of its strengths. Once Finland’s first LNG terminal is opened in August, the vessel can also be bunkered directly from the terminal, or bunkering can take place from road tankers at ports around the country,” says Skangas Sales and Marketing Director Tommy Mattila.

As an environmentally friendly shipping fuel LNG meets the requirements set by the EU Sulphur Directive 2012/33/EU for shipping as well as the stricter emission limits of the future.

In 2015 Skangas supplied a total of 376 700 tonnes (5.2 TWh) of LNG in Finland, Sweden and Norway. Skangas has a LNG production plant and terminal in Risavika, Norway, LNG terminals in Øra, Norway and Lysekil, Sweden, and the Skangas terminal in Pori, Finland will be opened in August 2016. Progress in the construction of the Tornio Manga LNG joint project is being made as planned, and the terminal will be completed in Tornio, Finland, in 2018.

(Source: Skangas)

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