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Monthly Archives: March 2018

SEAT Spain: Committed to Natural Gas in Its Phase of Expansion

SEAT is completely committed to its bi-fuel CNG/gasoline technology (TGI) as the best alternative for eco-mobility in the fuel market. This is mainly due to the benefits offered by this technology, compared to petrol, diesel, LPG and even non-plug-in electric hybrids. SEAT’s TGI range begins a clear growth towards its consolidation in the market, with an incredible increase of sales thanks to the confidence of the public.

In the first two months of this year, SEAT already sold 557 units of its TGI range, or what is the same, sales multiplied by ten compared to the same period last year. The cumulative sales of 2018 have already exceeded the registrations made during the first nine months in 2017.

At the end of 2017 SEAT registered a clear increase in the sales of its ECO offer, with an increase of more than 300% compared to 2016.

SEAT continues to strengthen its TGI range, and the recent arrival of the Ibiza 1.0 TGI of 90 HP, was based on the Mii Ecofuel of 68 HP, the best option for urban mobility, and the Leon 1.4 TGI of 110 HP, both in its five-door variant and the ST family, available with manual transmission and DSG.

SEAT has one of the most complete offers of natural gas vehicles (NGV) in the market, covering the urban and compact segments. Also in a few months it will tap into the SUV segment with the launch of the Arona TGI. Arona will be the first SUV in the international market with a natural gas engine. Also, with its launch, SEAT will become the Volkswagen Group’s brand with the widest NGV range.

Most recently, SEAT attended the Geneva Motor Show, where it promoted the Ibiza 1.0 TGI FR, which reaffirmed the brand’s commitment to natural gas.

Source: SEAT Spain

Total Group Aims to Reach 350 NGV Stations in Europe by 2022

Total Group is in the process of developing its network of natural gas vehicles (NGV) refuelling stations in France and abroad. The main objective is to reach 350 compressed natural gas (CNG) facilities in Europe, including 110 in France by the year 2022.

Benoît Luc, European Director of Total’s Marketing and Services Division has stated that “Priority will be given to accelerating development in the countries where the group is present,” including Germany, Benelux and France.

The French company currently has a network of approximately 500 gas vehicle refuelling stations around the world.

Total Group, which won a tender with the mixed company Sigeif Mobilités, will be responsible for the construction of the station and then benefit from a ten-year operating concession that covers on-site commercialisation and maintenance.

Development work will begin in the fall for a delivery of the site in the spring of 2019.

Source: GNV Magazine

Call for Projects to Finance CNG Stations in Belgium

Benefic projects aims to accelerate the deployment of compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) stations in Belgium, which will be funded by the CEF program of the European Commission.

This proposal aims to support the cross-border deployment of alternative fuel infrastructure in Belgium (regions of Flanders and Brussels Capital) and in the Netherlands.

With regard to natural gas vehicles, the call for Benefic projects concerns only Belgium and the installation of four service stations is proposed, two of which are in the Brussels Capital Region and two that combine CNG and LNG in Flanders.

In all cases, limited to 20% of the eligible costs, the maximum financial support will depend on the type of station installed. The maximum amount is set at 60.000 euros for a CNG station and 240.000 euros for a LNG refuelling facility.

In terms of time, projects must be submitted before May 14 this year and winners will be announced in June and July this year.

Source: GNV Magazine

BP Predicts Natural Gas Will Be World’s Main Fossil Fuel by 2040

British Petroleum expects that natural gas will take over oil as the world’s main fossil fuel energy source by the year 2040, according to a new report by Reuters.

“We see it (gas) take over from coal in the early 2030s. We think there is a very good case for gas actually overtaking oil post 2040 or just before 2040,” Dominic Energy, BP’s VP for strategic planning said during a conference in Vienna on Wednesday.

The demand growth for gas in just China alone will have a rise of 15% year-over-year, while global demand increases by 1.6% annually for a number of years. The oil demand curve, on the other hand, will slow to 0.8% growth in the meantime.

“We do see a very strong chance that (gas) is going to be the largest source of primary energy into the future… By gas we mean natural gas, but also … we mean biogas, we mean biomethane, we mean power-to-gas.”

A previous forecast by the UK based company said oil’s share of global fossil fuel markets would shrink from 33% to 30% by 2035. Most of the gains would go to natural gas, which is considered better to the environment due to lower carbon emissions.

Source: Oilprice