From Your Oil and Gas News we learn that Russian natural gas company, Gazprom, will build natural gas transportation infrastructure for the Rostov Region of the country. The purpose is to increase the number of passenger, public utility, road-building, agricultural and other types of vehicles running on natural gas in this area located in the south-west corner of Russia. Gazprom’s agreement with the Rostov Region includes constructing a fleet of natural gas powered trucks as well as creating a fleet of mobile natural gas refueling trucks.
Energy Global reports construction of a liquified natural gas (LNG) import terminal at the Indian port of Mangalore will commence in November 2013 and be completed by 2018. The terminal is expected to have a capacity of 2 – 3 million tons per year and can be expanded to 5 million at a later date.
The same source notes that Cyprus is building a LNG export terminal in a bid to become a major exporting energy hub in the Southeastern Mediterranean. In the past couple of years Noble Energy International has discovered significant quantities of natural gas in the seabed off the coast of Cyprus.
Croatian shipbuilder Brodosplit Inc. has signed a contract for the construction of two multipurpose container vessels to be propelled by liquefied natural gas. NGV Global News says the vessels will have low speed 2 stroke “dual fuel” (LNG/heavy fuel oil) engines that have higher efficiency (lower energy) and work at lower rpm, resulting in lower maintenance costs and longer life span. These vessels are expected to have four to five times lower cost per mile than the other ships of this class and 30-50 times less pollution.
Guangxi Xijiang Development Investment Group Co. is going to build five liquefied natural gas (LNG) and diesel powered vessels which will be the first dual-fuel vessels to operate on the inland rivers of Guangxi in southern China. NGV Global News tells us the addition of the LNG is expected to lower total fuel costs by 20%.
Gazprom Marketing & Trading is leasing a LNG vessel for the next several years we learn from Energy Global. Built by South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries, the Lena River will be used to support Gazprom’s growing global LNG trading operations. The LNG carrier is able to sail in ice conditions and will thus be able to sail through the Northern Sea Route during open navigation. The company is already leasing two other LNG carriers, the Ob River and Yenisei River.
Hyundai Heavy Industries is building four LNG carriers from Malaysian oil company Petronas. Energy Global comments the double-hulled vessels are expected to be in operation in 2016.
Executive vice president of Hyundai Heavy’s Shipbuilding Division, Mr. Ka Sam-hyun, said: “We see this order as the first of many for LNG carriers as regulations for carbon dioxide emission tighten and demand for LNG increases as an alternative energy source.”
Digital Trends reports General Motors is planning a natural gas Chevrolet Impala for 2015. The vehicle will be bi-fuel capable of running on CNG or gasoline.