This post focuses on some of the latest natural gas developments in the transportation sector.

 

DNV GL in its Maritime Forecast to 2050 predicts that by 2050 only 47% of energy for shipping will be from oil-based fuels (eg. diesel). The share of natural gas in the fuel mix will rise to 32%. The report states:

In 2050, oil will remain the main fuel option for trading vessels, but natural gas will step up to become the second-most widely used fuel, and new low carbon alternatives will proliferate.

Italgas, the largest natural gas operator in Italy has started the process of converting its entire fleet of 2500 vehicles to natural gas. The company also plans to construct over 120 new compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling stations, adding to Italy’s already well-developed network of almost 1100 CNG stations, the largest national network in Europe. The fleet will be converted over the next year with vehicles from Fiat-Chrysler.

In Thailand, the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority has ordered 489 compressed natural gas (CNG) buses. The first batch of 100 buses will be delivered before the end of March this year, with the balance of order being completed in May.

In Spain, the Urban Transport of Seville has acquired 13 compressed natural gas (CNG) buses. The buses will service 20,000 inhabitants in the eastern part of the city.

Paris City Hall has purchased 11 compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles for its fleet as it transitions away from diesel. The new vehicles include heavy trucks, utility and passenger vehicles.

The city of Rostov-on-Don in southern Russia is purchasing 125 compressed natural gas (CNG) buses for its city routes. 25 buses have been delivered with the other 100 to arrive in March.

The city of Kingston, Jamaica will have its first liquefied natural gas buses. The city is retrofitting five buses operated by Jamaica Urban Transit Company in a pilot project that hopes to introduce the widespread use of LNG in the Caribbean country.

Czech natural gas vendor Bonett Gas Investment is now operating 32 compressed natural gas (CNG) filling stations in the country.  The company plans to open up to 15 additional new stations in 2018 and have over 60 stations in 2020. In addition to its own stations, the company is building large stations for fleet owners.

Slovenia’s has opened its first liquefied natural gas (LNG) refueling station, located in the capital city of Ljubljana. The station is part of Europe’s Mediterranean Corridor infrastructure network for natural gas vehicles. The European Commission is subsiding the Corridor to promote the growth of CNG and LNG market in the road transport sector. The EC plan calls LNG refuelling stations to be deployed in 3 strategic points across the Mediterranean Corridor: in the Port of Barcelona (Spain), in La Jonquera (Spain) and in Ljubljana (Slovenia).

Galp Energia, Portugal’s only oil and natural gas integrated operator announced it will be building several natural gas refueling stations on the Iberian Peninsula during 2019. The company will open two natural gas filling stations in each of Spain and Portugal next year and has plans to add several new stations over the near future. The first stations are part of the European Commission-funded ECO-GATE project to build more than 20 natural gas stations in Germany, France, Portugal and Spain. The purpose of the project is to create a natural gas infrastructure along the Atlantic Corridor and the Mediterranean Corridor for NG vehicles.

In Estonia, Eesti Gaas, which operates 8 CNG refueling stations, is purchasing 11 million cubic feet of biomethane in 2018 and 2019 for dispensing at its stations. Biomethane is produced from biogas, in this case derived from wood waste in the Baltic country.

The US city of Los Angeles is purchasing 6 million gallons of renewable natural gas (or biomethane) to fuel its fleet of over 2200 LNG and CNG natural gas vehicles.  Renewable natural gas is a naturally formed gas captured at landfills, wastewater treatment facilities and anaerobic digestion plants, that would otherwise have been released into the atmosphere. Derived from the natural breakdown of organic matter, the methane is captured, purified and upgraded to pipeline-quality natural gas for dispensing at fueling stations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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