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Dutch DC Berkel, which operates DCB Energy service stations and car washes, has started construction on an LCNG station in Den Hoorn. 
American LNG technology supplier Chart Industries announced that its Czech subsidiary Chart Ferox and a German EPC partner, PPS Pipeline Systems, were selected to provide an LNG reloading station for…
Polish natural gas supplier Cryogas has released a video of the opening of the LNG/CNG refuelling station in Srem, Poland which became fully operational in January. 
State-controlled Lithuanian oil terminal operator SC Klaipedos Nafta has invested €377,000 in mobile fire-fighting technology, including modernisations to foam cars, for its storage facility for oil products.
French gas supplier Air Liquide is set to acquire Airgas, an American supplier of industrial gases and associated products in the United States, following the decision of Airgas’s board. 
Dutch logistics provider Rotra is finalising an LNG filling station on the banks of the Ijssel River in the Dutch city of Doseburg, the first in Europe capable of supplying…
Assistant executive director at Pakistan’s state oil and gas regulatory authority Rahil Pitafi has called for investment in LNG terminals in Pakistan amid rising demand for CNG vehicles.
Korean construction company Posco E&C has secured an EPC contract that will see it build an LNG terminal that will serve as an bunkering point for LNG-fuelled ships transiting Panama…
American LNG bunkering and CNG filling station provider Clean Energy Fuels more than doubled its biomethane sales to 50 million gasoline gallon equivalents (GGEs) in 2015.
Gasum, the operator of Finnish gas grid and an owner of LNG fuel supplier Skangas, has been awarded EU TEN-T funding to develop a refuelling station network serving trucks and…
The IMO Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR3) was scheduled to take place from 15-9 February, and to prepare draft guidelines for sampling for sulphur content in fuels as well as…
A study mentioned in a European Commission news alert in January has raised concerns about “methane slip” during LNG bunkering. “In order to retain the climate benefits of LNG, it…
Norway-headquartered shipbuilder Vard’s core business is design and construction of specialised vessels, such as LNG-powered ferries.
Canadian bearings manufacturer Thordon Bearings said that sea trials of LNG-fuelled cement carrier “Greenland” had validated a pollution-free, seawater-lubricated propeller shaft bearing system called Compac. 

News Nudges

Equinor secures LNG bunkering supply

Norwegian energy group Equinor has signed a contract to bunker LNG for two dual-fuel powered crude shuttle tankers when they begin operation later this year. The agreement with Nordic gas specialist Gasum will see bunkering carried out by bunker vessel offshore in Skagen, Denmark, and Mongstad, Norway. “We are happy to support Equinor in its ambition towards cleaner shipping,” Kimmo Rahkamo, vice president at Gasum, commented. Built by South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries, the two 123,100-dwt The two shuttle tankers - Eagle Blane and Eagle Balder – are under construction by South Korean Shipyard Samsung Heavy Industries on behalf of AET Sea Shuttle, a joint venture between ADS Shipping and AET Tankers. They will both be chartered by Equinor on a long-term basis.

Fratelli Cosulich plans LNG push

Family-owned bunkering firm Fratelli Cosulich has announced plans to expand with the addition of a fleet of new bunker tankers. The firm currently has physical supply operations in Singapore and trading offices in Dubai, Singapore, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Italy, Monaco and New York. "We will soon announce a new location where we will be physical suppliers with a fleet of six (owned and operated) tankers," Cosulich said, adding that the firm expects “the new physical supply location to be up and running by the end of Q1 2020". The firm has given no details on the fuel the fleet will supply but is considering a move into the LNG bunker market, with Cosulich stating that the firm is “actively looking into” LNG trading and bunkering and plans “to make our first investment soon”.