NGV Global 2011 Statistics Show Irrepressible Growth of NGVs

The 2011 list of the top 10 countries with the most number of NGVs globally remains the same but in different order. Iran tops the list with 2.859 million followed by Pakistan with 2.85 million while China has moved from 7th place last year to 6th, with 1 million vehicles.  The overall total sums to more than 15 million natural gas vehicles recorded across 84 countries at the end of 2011, rising from the end 2010 figure of 12,674,402. That represents growth of 19.9% over 2010, 33.7% since 2009.

Follow this link to our NGV statistics and this one to an NGV Global news item on the same subject.

Gazprom Coordinates Meeting to Boost Natural Gas Fuel Uptake in Russia

Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, moderated an inter-disciplinary meeting on boosting the use of natural gas vehicle (NGV) fuel.  The meeting participants such as the senior officials from specialized Russian ministries, leading oil companies (Rosneft and LUKOIL), large producers of motor vehicles (KAMAZ, GAZ Group, Machinery & Industrial Group, Yo-AUTO and Russian Railways), executive authorities of Russian constituents as well as the structural units and subsidiaries of Gazprom, addressed the key aspects of the NGV fuel market advancement in Russia.  Gazprom challenged the meeting participants to significantly expand the NGV business in Russia and create a huge gas sales market on its basis to be fed with Gazprom’s gas.

See NGV Global News for more details about the natural gas vehicle in Russia meeting.

US MOVE Program to Advance Innovative Natural Gas Vehicle Technologies

Last February 2012, the U.S. Department of Energy launched a new $30 million program, titled Methane Opportunities for Vehicular Energy (MOVE).  Currently, there are now 13 projects that have been selected in total to be funded under this program, with each project aiming to find new ways of harnessing America’s abundant natural gas supplies for cars and trucks and expand the use of natural gas as a vehicle fuel.  The projects will also focus on developing natural gas compressors that make it easier for consumers to re-fuel at home.

See NGV Global News for more information about the Methane Opportunities for Vehicular Energy program.

Germanischer Lloyd Report on costs and benefits of LNG as ship fuel for container vessels

Report by Germanischer Lloyd on Costs and benefits of LNG as ship fuel for container vessels states:

Using LNG as ship fuel promises less emissions and, given the right circumstances, less fuel costs. The attractiveness of LNG as ship fuel compared to scrubber systems is dominated by three parameters:

  • Investment costs for LNG tank system
  • Price difference between LNG and HFO
  • Share of operation inside ECA

With 65% ECA exposure, LNG system payback time below two years is predicted for the smaller vessel sizes (using the standard fuel price scenario).

For the 2,500 TEU vessel, a comparison of payback times for the scrubber and for the LNG system, and varying LNG prices, shows that the LNG system is attractive as long as LNG (delivered to the ship) is as expensive as or cheaper than HFO, when the fuels are compared on their energy content. Read more »

UK Biomethane Day 2012

The first UK Biomethane Day 2012 was held June 26, 2012 at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham.  The event was staged as part of the Green Gas Grids Project, which is a pan European collaboration aimed at promoting the benefits of biomethane injection and its purpose was to give the audience a detailed briefing in relation to biomethane injection.

The success of this first event ensured continuity through 2017. The event is run by REA and CNG Services and it is the largest gathering in the gas-to-grid industry. With 84 plants having injected biomethane by the end of 2016, “Green Gas” is starting to make a material contribution on the UK’s path to lower carbon.

More information on the UK Biomethane Day can be found on the CNG Services website.

Analysis of CNG and LNG Infrastructure in North America

America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) has recently released a report on the analysis of the US and Canadian Gas Vehicle Market. The results showed that although broader use of CNG and LNG vehicles can come with huge costs and infrastructure challenges, the industry cannot ignore the increasing market demand for natural gas vehicles. Using 2009 numbers, analysis have shown that natural gas demand for transportation is 3.2 billion cubic feet, which is equivalent to 27.7 million gallons of gasoline.

More information: NGV Global News item on CNG and LNG Infrastructure in North America and on ANGA’s website.

Netherlands Sets 2015 Goals for LNG-Fuelled Transportation

The government of The Netherlands, along with several Dutch companies, are finding ways to to accelerate the introduction of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a transportation fuel, for both land and marine activity.  The declared goal is to have at least 50 barges, 50 ships and 500 heavy-duty trucks powered by LNG by 2015.  An initial assessment shows an abundant demand for natural gas and well diversified stocks, with a stabilizing effect on prices as a result.  The plan will commence by focusing on two areas: the Wadden Sea-North Sea and the Rhine region from Rotterdam to Basel, Switzerland.

See NGV Global News for more details about the LNG transport in Netherlands initiative.