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Call For Projects To Finance CNG Stations In Belgium

Benefic projects aims to accelerate the deployment of compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquid 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

OrangeGas Expands CNG Fuelling Stations In Germany

Dutch alternative fuels supplier OrangeGas has set its long-term goals of becoming a major European player in the fuel market with the acquisition of 13 compressed natural gas (CNG) filling stations in Germany.

The deal will allow OrangeGas to operate in North-Rhine Westphalia with an opportunity to establish a presence into other German states at a later stage in the future.

According to a report published by Gibgas, a German consulting company for CNG and biomethane driving, discussed the prospects OrangeGas has for the German CNG market.

“We have every confidence that we will be able to grow to 100-150 CNG filling stations in Germany over the next 2-3 years,” said Wijtze Bakker, the new Managing Director Germany. He has specified that 30-50 stations are already in the pipeline.

OrangeGas operates automatic filling stations across the Netherlands and Benelux, where it offers green gas, a combination of natural gas and renewable biomethane harvested from sewage treatment, organic waste and landfill gas. Gibgas has identified that Belgium, Sweden and the United Kingdom are also on the OrangeGas agenda. Additionally, the company is not only focused on compressed natural gas but is also determined to introduce hydrogen fuel.

Source: OrangeGas and Gibgas

CNG-Powered SEAT Vehicle Sales Forecast 10% Rise By 2020

In an interview with Efe, Mikel Palomera, the newly appointed global head of the compressed natural gas (CNG) strategy of SEAT, estimated that 1,000 units (1% of its sales) were registered last year in Spain.

At present, the range includes the Mii, Seat Leon and Leon ST (family) models and the new Ibiza. In the future there will be a version of the new Arona and its feasibility will be studied in the Ateca.

The forecast for 2018 is that 3% of the total sales of SEAT will be CNG vehicles, a percentage that in 2020 will rise to 10%, according to Mikel Palomera.

For the Spanish manger, these type of hybrid vehicles contain a petrol tank of 40-50 liters (depending on the model) and 3-15 kilos with the CNG-powered versions. The CNG SEAT vehicles are cheaper and more ecological compared to electric, hybrid or plug-in hybrids because its autonomy is greater, cost per kilometer is lower and carbon dioxide emissions per unit of energy delivered are much lower than traditional fuels.

Source: GNV Magazine

Onboard Dynamics Launches Mobile Natural Gas Compressor

Onboard Dynamics GoFlo CNG-80 has declared the launch of its GoFlo CNG-80 mobile natural gas compressor for commercial use. The compression capacity of the GoFlo CNG-80 compressor makes it cost effective for smaller fleets of compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles, and for the initial deployment of CNG vehicles in larger fleets.

Rita Hansen, CEO of Onboard Dynamics believes that the low cost and flexibility associated with the GoFlo product will only lead to an increased attractiveness of operating vehicles. “Because it is self-powered, the GoFlo compressor provides cost saving and new capabilities to the CNG industry,” she added.

The modular design of the GoFlo compressor ensures fleet operators the opportunity to expand their CNG vehicle inventory by increasing GoFlo units as demand increases, without needing costly electrical power upgrades.

The GoFlo compressor is easy to relocate in the event that a CNG fleet needs to be redeployed, and the unit can serve as a backup to dedicated CNG refuelling stations. In addition, freedom from electricity supports the operating reliability of CNG fleets in the event of a natural disaster.

A limited number of GoFlo CNG-80 compressors will be available for delivery the second quarter of 2018 before production increases up the second half of the year.

Source: Onboard Dynamics

CNG Industry Supported By French Transport Minister

During her visit at the FPT Industrial plant, the French Minister of Ecological and Solidarity Transition in charge of Transport, Elisabeth Borne, reiterated the government’s support for the natural gas sector. The FPT Industrial plant located in Bourbon-Lancy, Saone et Loire, is where compressed natural gas (CNG) engines are manufactured.

“I am very happy to be in this beautiful place anchored in its territory, which shows that the industry has a future in our country, and that the energy transition is an employment opportunity.” I thank Iveco, the French Association of Natural Gas Vehicles (AFGNV) and all the industry players for this day of exchange and their constant participation to advance in the sector,” said Elisabeth Borne in her speech.

“I would like to highlight the specific issue of biogas: CNG allows significant reductions in fine particles and NOx emissions, but it will not allow, without biogas, to comply with our climate objectives. It is necessary to go further, faster, to develop the production of biogas, I believe a lot in the CNG industry and I am sure that together we will achieve our clean mobility goals,” she added.

Source: GNV Magazine

Fiat Professional Launches Special Campaign For Its CNG Range

Fiat Professional launches the BE-FREE PRO campaign withiFiat Doblon the framework of the Movalt Plan – the program that solely encourages the purchase of ecological vehicles in Spain.

This new campaign of the Italian company offers customers a rental system with a long-term plan for its range of CNG vehicles, without entrance payment and with a fixed fee that includes the main expenses of the vehicle.

Compressed natural gas (CNG) ensures savings of up to 50% in fuel, autonomy of up to 1.200 km, an 85% reduction in NOx emissions and 50% of noise generated. However the main attraction for transport professionals could be that it is exempt from the restrictions on access and circulation in cities when there are episodes of high pollution.

The Movalt Plan has a budget of 35 million euros and will be in force until June 30 if the funds do not end before. It is available for electric, plug-in hybrids and natural gas vehicles.

Fiat Professional’s range of CNG vehicles consists of Fiat Panda Van, Fiorino Cargo, Fiorino Combi, Doblò Cargo, Doblò Cargo Maxi, Doblò Panorama, Ducato Furgón and Ducato Furgón Maxi.

Source: GNV Magazine

IVECO Supplies CNG-Powered Vans To Veolia

IVECO Daily Natural Power Van

IVECO has supplied three Daily Natural Power vans to Veolia, the UK’s largest waste management company. The compressed natural gas (CNG) powered vans are specifically selected to carry specialist equipment for the removal of graffiti, as part of its new contract to serve and help the London Borough of Camden.

Supplied by IVECO dealer, Northern Commercials, the Daily Natural Power light vehicles feature purpose-built spark ignition engines, delivering greater performance compared to a diesel in terms of power, torque and response. Running on compressed natural gas (CNG) means that the vehicles produce 12% fewer NOx emissions, 76% less particulate matter and up to 95% less CO2 emissions using bio-methane.

The vehicles will be operate whenever required and are approximately 50% quieter when compared with their diesel equivalents. The vehicles will refuel from Veolia’s new CNG refuelling station situated at its Alperton depot, specifically built to service all the CNG vehicles in the Camden fleet.

Andrew Hope, Fleet Development Manager at Veolia, said: “Emissions reduction was a critical factor in Veolia’s decision making for this vehicle so the availability of a cost-effective CNG engine made the Daily our first choice when specifying the panel van. The team at Northern Commercials were great to work with and IVECO built the vehicles within the required time frame.”

Source: IVECO

Italian Energy Company Snam Leads Way By Converting Car Fleet To Natural Gas

Italian gas grid operator Snam has launched a 33 million euro tendeSnam Logor to convert its car fleet to natural gas as a sign of dedication to develop and increase gas fuelling stations in the country.

This move happens as utilities throughout Europe compete to embrace the fast-growing business of rolling out charging stations to fulfil carmaker agreements to move fleets to electric drives.

Snam acknowledged in a tender of setting a deadline of 16th February 2018 for bids to commence from European companies of converting its 1,500 vehicle fleet to natural gas. The supply contracts will be for three years.

Being Europe’s major pipeline gas operator, Snam has agreed to spend 150 million euros to build 300 new compressed natural gas (CNG) stations which adds up to the Italy’s existing 1,100 points.

Italy is the market leader in Europe for the manufacture and sales of natural gas cars, with motorists consuming more than 1 billion cubic meters in 2015 and approximately 1 million vehicles in circulation.

Speaking to Reuters, Snam CEO Marco Alvera stated that by adding more stations the market could expand to 2-3 million vehicles and would be able to complement electric cars. “I think the future will be natural gas and electricity,” he added.

Snam is committed to play a key role in helping develop new gas infrastructure and technology for Italy’s transport sector including the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to drive ships.

It has already signed deals with oil major Eni and leading petrol pump network API as well as carmaker Fiat Chrysler. These deals will compliment and aid with achieving the overall aim of making natural gas a primary fuel.

Source: Thomson Reuters

Development of Europe’s First CNG Transport Network Underway In Ireland

NUI Galway and Gas NGas Networks Ireland Trucketworks Ireland will work together to lead a brand new transportation revolution by introducing compressed natural gas (CNG) and renewable gas for vans, buses and trucks.

The Causeway project will see the growth of a natural gas transport refuelling network in Ireland. The mission will guide a universal national roll-out of 70 CNG filling stations. Further to this, a renewable gas injection facility will be constructed in 2018.

The delivery of 14 fast-fill natural gas stations within the first roll-out will be the main important deployment of CNG refuelling infrastructure in Ireland.

This will introduce renewable gas into the natural gas network for the first time. The work that is undertaken in Ireland will be monitored and documented by NUI Galway. This study will then be reported back to gas operators throughout Europe and will support in the development of similar projects across the continent.

Causeway additionally marks a first for NUI Galway, as this is the primary time that the University has been a success in securing a funding application from the European Union’s Connecting Europe Facility. The Causeway project acquired approval for €6.5 million co-funding from the European Commission.

“The development of a natural gas transport network will significantly decarbonize Ireland’s commercial fleet. CNG, and the soon to be introduced renewable gas, will play a major role in making transport in Ireland cleaner,” stated Denis O’Sullivan, Head of Commercial at Gas Networks Ireland.

Source: Gas Networks Ireland