Snam, Eni open Aversa gas station
Sustainable mobility firm Snam has partnered with energy group Eni to open a new natural gas and biomethane filling station in Aversa, Caserta, Italy. The facility was developed by Snam4Mobility and Eni and joins sister facilities in Trentino-Alto Adige, Piedmont, Veneto, Emilia Romagna and Puglia. Eni currently operates a network of 104 CNG stations in Italy, with plans to increase this to 120 by the end of 2022, and to begin distributing only biomethane from next year.
Fluxys, Novatek cancel Rostock LNG plans
Belgian gas transmission system operator Fluxys and Russian gas producer Novatek have cancelled plans to create an LNG transhipment terminal and bunkering hub in Germany. The proposed facility was to have handled a capacity of approximately 300,000 tonnes per year but the firms cited ‘current market conditions’ as a driving factor in the cancellation of the project. "Fluxys and Novatek have regretfully decided to discontinue their joint project to build and operate a mid-scale LNG terminal in the port of Rostock. Despite constructive support from all project stakeholders, current market conditions proved to be too challenging to pursue the project,” a Fluxys spokesperson, said.
Hapag-Lloyd delays LNG retrofit plans
RoRo shipping line Hapag-Lloyd has reportedly postponed plans to retrofit its fleet to run on LNG, citing the need to monitor ongoing operations of its first refitted vessel – the Brussels Express. This 15,000 TEU containership made it maiden voyage on LNG earlier this year, and fully bunkered with the fuel for the first time in Singapore. Originally named the Sajir, the ship was retrofitted with a 1,300-tonne LNG tank at the Huarun Dadong Dockyard in Shanghai. “The fact that a retrofitting of this scale had never been done before meant that we faced numerous challenges – from the planning to the implementation. We have broken new ground with the conversion, and we will now be testing it very precisely in real-world operation,” Richard von Berlepsch, Managing Director Fleet Management at Hapag-Lloyd said at the time. In the long term the company aims to switch from fossil-derived LNG to synthetic natural gas (SNG) derived from renewable sources, howver in the short term any plans to refit more vessels have been put on hold as the firm ‘evaluates performance’ and decides how to proceed.
GAC appoints Lindquist Head of LNG Bunkering
Fuel supplier GAC has appointed John Lindquist as its new Head of LNG Bunkering. Based in Houston, Lindquist moves from his previous role at the company as Commercial Manager – LNG Services. He will oversee the firm’s expansion of LNG bunkering, following its role supplying the first non-US flagged vessel to bunker LNG in the US last year.