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.

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.

Hungarian NGV Association Joins NGVA Europe

MGKKE, a Hungarian NGV-related interest group has joined NGVA Europe in helping increase the public acceptance of NGVs.  MGKKE particularly focuses on raising the share of gas powered vehicles in urban public transport to help improve local air quality and reduce noise levels in Hungarian cities.  One of their main objectives is to help build CNG filling stations throughout the country and today, Hungary has 3 public and 14 private CNG stations. MGKKE’s first ever Hungarian NGV conference held last November 24, 2011 was also a huge success.

To find out more about, visit the Magyar Gázüzemű Közlekedés Klaszter Egyesület website at www.mgkke.hu or read NGV Global’s report about the Hungary NGV association joining NGVA Europe.

China’s NGV Growth Accelerating

Media reports from China indicate that in the year April 2011 to May 2012, natural gas vehicle numbers increased by 378,000. More than 60% of the increase happened in the January to May period of this year.

The increase reportedly brings China’s total NGV population to 1.104 million with 98.9% of those operating on compressed natural gas (CNG).

More information: NGV Global News item on China’s NGV Market and CVWorld.

Bi-fuel Toyota Hilux for Thailand

Thai motorists now have a choice of a CNG/petrol bi-fuel version of the Toyota Hilux Vigo Champ when shopping for pickup trucks. The 2.7 litre vehicle is factory fitted and carries a full OEM warranty.

Buyers can choose between a single cab or dual cab version. In both cases the CNG cylinders are located in a purpose built compartment in the cargo bed.

Toyota also supplies a bi-fuel Corolla sedan in Thailand.

More information: NGV Global News item on CNG Toyota Hilux in Thailand.

Italian Concessions Improve Prospects for NGVs

The Italian government has enacted laws introducing concessions favourable to increasing the number of natural gas vehicles on Italy’s roads.

The concessions include relaxed restrictions on the location and operational requirements for natural gas refuelling stations, including the ability to operate self-serve CNG facilities, and increased weight allowances for heavy-duty vehicles operating on natural gas.

More information: NGV Global News item on Italian NGV policy changes; NGV Italy homepage.