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Thursday, 07 April 2016
Authorities in Gibraltar have invited proposals for the design and construction of a LNG fuel storage facility on the island.
Norwegian LNG supplier Skangas has signed a deal with one of its owners to acquire the new Risavika LNG bunkering and production facility at the Port of Risavika in Norway.
Two companies have agreed to develop the proposed Port Arthur LNG export facility with truck and marine loading areas in Port Arthur, Texas.
China Classification Society (CCS) recently published the specifications for the construction and equipment of ships carrying liquefied gases in bulk, and mentioned on-going work on LNG-fuelled ship policy.
Finnish logistics services provider Containerships and its partners have applied for EU funding to create an LNG-fuelled merchant vessel fleet to operate between Finland, the UK and the Netherlands.
The study, “Methane Emissions from Natural Gas Bunkering, Operations in the Marine Sector: A Total Fuel Cycle Approach” was published in the US government’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) news release on…
Three Dutch companies – Greenpoint Fuels, Rolande and Van Den Broek Oil – have officially inaugurated their new tank truck plant in Veghel on March 8.
American highway contractor service providers Matheson Trucking has added 12 LNG and 25 new CNG tractors to its fleet as part of a company-wide clean energy expansion programme.
AIDA Cruises, a German cruise line that is British-American owned and based in Germany, has taken delivery of the first of two large cruise ships.
The Wärtsilä plant will be installed at an existing paper mill in Skogn, Norway to convert paper mill slurry and fishery waste into cryogenic liquid biogas.
The European Commission in February granted €16.5 million in funding to 42 partners on a project to develop the maritime LNG fuel supply chain on the Spanish Coast.
Gazprom Germania, a subsidiary of Russian producer Gazprom Group with gas trading and storage operations conducted the first test LNG bunkering operation at the Port of Rostock in Germany on…
LNG supplier Qatargas, Danish shipping operator Maersk Group and Shell have signed a memorandum of understanding to explore the development of LNG as a marine fuel in the Middle East.
Spanish Endesa has launched a new public service station in the municipal district of Valdemoro that will supply LNG and CNG for Spanish transport operator AISA, which has plans for…

News Nudges

SEA / LNG calls for review of Green Bond certification

Industry consortium SEA / LNG has called on the Climate Bond Initiative to review criteria for its proposed Green Bond certification of Low Carbon Shipping to accommodate greater financing for LNG-fuelled vessels. The consortium notes that proposals lean “towards being technology prescriptive” rather than goal oriented, noting that “immature and emerging technologies such as ammonia and hydrogen, that will require significant research and development investment over many years if they are to scale safely in the deep-sea maritime environment, appear to be favoured”. A recent study commissioned by SEA-LNG from CE Delft concludes that LNG-fuelled ships, with little or no modifications, can realise significant GHG savings through the use of liquid biomethane (LBM) and liquid synthetic methane (LSM), with estimated sustainable global supplies potentially exceeding the demands of shipping in the future. “LNG through the gradual introduction of LBM/LSM offers a realistic pathway for reducing shipping’s GHG emissions and we believe it should be recognized accordingly. Today, LNG is operationally effective, safe, scalable to meet shipping’s needs, and improves global air quality... Specifying green investment criteria that favour specific technology pathways risks forcing the shipping industry into non-optimal solutions from environmental, operational, and commercial perspectives and must be avoided,” SEA /LNG said in an open letter to the industry.


European LNG stations pumping biogas

More than 25% of CNG and LNG fuelling stations in Europe are now delivering biomethane, according to analysis of 4,120 stations by the Natural & Bio Gas Vehicle Association (NGVA). “It is key to understand and acknowledge that a vehicle that is fuelled with renewable gas, is effectively climate neutral. Europe’s renewable gas production capacity is proven and sustainability criteria in place are fully respected. Today, it is the best solution to boost the decarbonization process of the transport sector leveraging on a real circular economy,” Andrea Gerini NGVA Europe Secretary General, said. The figures show that an average of 17% all gas delivered is now biomethane with bioLNG becoming a “growing reality” as a cost-effective transition towards “carbon neutral mobility”. “While continuously increasing the rate of renewable gas in our network, there is future potential also in improving the efficiency of natural gas engines. This will progress hand in hand,” Gerini stated.


Dunkerque LNG launches truck fuelling

Terminal operator Dunkerque LNG is introducing truck fuelling at its sites with a new service reportedly offering 3,000 slots per year. The firm is majority-owned by a consortium of gas infrastructure group Fluxys, AXA Investment owns and operates Dunkirk LNG terminal in the north of France.