Vancouver-based company Westport Fuel Systems Inc. has agreed to sell its compressed natural gas (CNG) compressor business based in Cherasco to Itallian gas transmission operator Snam.
The purchase price is 12.5 euros and the deal is expected to close by the end of July this year. The divestiture is consistent with Westport Fuel Systems strategy to streamline its business and product lines and focus on supplying alternative fuel vehicle components and systems to the transportation industry.
Snam stated that the deal includes the Cubogas brand, an international leader in the compressed natural gas (CNG) supply systems, and would help it position itself as a leader in providing turnkey solutions for sustainable natural gas mobility.
“We are proud to have Snam agreeing to purchase our CNG compressor business, given their leadership in the development of natural gas fuelling infrastructure in Italy,” said Nancy Gougarty, CEO of Westport Fuel Systems. ““This business will be in good hands as they will be able to grow the CNG fuelling infrastructure further, which will ultimately benefit our core business.”
The completion of the acquisition, which will be carried out by a newly established company 100% controlled by Snam4Mobility, is expected in July this year, after meeting certain conditions including trade union procedures. Snam will work to further develop the strengths of Cubogas such as brand value, customer orientation and level of service.
The HAM Group has opened a new compressed natural gas (CNG) dispenser at its service station in Seville. The refuelling facility is already operational, and is located in Alcalá de Guadaíra (Seville), between SE30 and A-92 km.
Initially, the Seville station supplied only liquid natural gas (LNG) and, due to the high demand, it has been modified so that it can refuel both products, LNG and CNG. Professional fleets can be refuelled with either credit card or HAM card.
This initiative consolidates HAM’s leadership in the natural gas for vehicles sector, maintaining its commitment to its pricing policies and strengthening the confidence of its customers.
Currently, HAM has a wide network of natural gas stations, offering both LNG and CNG, distributed throughout Spain.
A group of Pacific Northwest businesses and non-profit businesses announced the launch of the Northwest Alliance for Clean Transportation. The Alliance is committed to helping the region reduce harmful pollutants and greenhouse emissions by encouraging the use of natural gas vehicles. Alliance members include utilities Puget Sound Energy, NW Natural, Avista and FortisBC. They are joined by non-profit businesses including Columbia-Willamette Clean Cities, American Biogas Council, and Natural Gas Vehicles for America.
“Natural gas vehicles offer a practical and cost-effective solution to some of our most severe air quality problems,” said Connor Reiten, the group’s Director of Policy and Operations. “This technology is a ready-made solution, and we need to get the word out to businesses and policy makers that this can make a big and immediate difference.”
The Alliance aims to raise awareness of the many benefits of NGVs to the Northwest. These range from reducing air pollution and carbon emissions to cost-savings from lower fuel prices and maintenance costs. Additionally, the advantages of NGVs can be multiplied with the use of renewable natural gas or biomethane, which offers even more environmental benefits, especially with respect to greenhouse gases, with up to a 115% GHG reduction over diesel.
“We must make sure policy makers understand that NGVs can be the best bet for air quality in many applications,” added Reiten. “For example, natural gas is a great low-emissions alternative to diesel vehicles.
Source: NW Alliance for Clean Transportation
PitPoint will be extending its compressed natural gas (CNG) network with six new stations in Belgium. The new refuelling facilities will be built in the following locations: Aalter, Kortrijk, Luik, Anderlecht, Eindhout and Charleroi.
Geert Degroote, managing director Belgium for PitPoint, said: “The realization of a wide CNG refuelling network is one of our biggest priorities in Belgium, and with these new stations we will be making a large step in that direction.”
“To make this happen, we are working together with various stakeholders, with the shared goal of building a national network of CNG stations in Belgium. So that it is easier to switch to CNG, for private and for business customers,” added Degroote. “And with every new station, we’re moving one step closer to achieving our vision, which is 100% clean transport throughout Europe by 2030.”
PitPoint Belgium’s new CNG station in Aalter was officially opened on April 5.
The Central-North Zone Delegate for the Commercialization of Energy Solutions at Gas Natural Servicios, María Francisca Rodríguez, and the Managing Director of Paso Honroso, José Pedro Luengo, signed a contract to build the first public compressed natural gas (CNG) station for the distribution network in Castile-Leon. The station will be located at the Paso Honroso station at Mercaleón, a highly strategic location given its significant goods traffic, near to the city centre and connection to one of the city’s main roads.
The presentation event was supported by the Mayor of Leon, Antonio Silván, the Councillor for Trade and Consumer Affairs, Pedro Llamas, the Delegate for Large-Scale Consumption and Infrastructures in the North at Nedgia, a distribution company of Gas Natural Fenosa, whose networks will supply the gas to this service station, Javier de Celis and the Manager of Mercaleón, Carlos Javier Suárez.
At present, natural gas supposes a real, sustainable and affordable alternative to traditional fuels for transport. The 18 million natural gas vehicles in the world demonstrate its technical feasibility, being the most efficient and sustainable form of energy as it offers an important balance of economic and environmental benefits by reducing emissions and generating less noise pollution.
In 2017, the registration of new vehicles running on natural gas increased by 112% in Spain, therefore guaranteeing the use of this fuel in a country that already has a fleet of 8,700 vehicles consuming an average of 2,682 GWh/year, according to data from GASNAM (the Iberian Association for Gas-Powered Mobility).
Source: Gas Natural Fenosa
Spanish parcel company SEUR has added 100 compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles to its fleet in a flexible renting mode through an agreement with the LeasePlan rental company. The 100 cars will be primarily used to carry out urgent deliveries in Madrid and Barcelona, ensuring a more sustainable delivery according to LeasePlan.
With flexible leasing, SEUR can adapt the volume of its fleet depending on its activities or peaks of service, highlighted LeasePlan, which in turn stressed that compressed natural gas (CNG) is characterised by being cheaper and consuming and emitting less CO2.
“Our agreement with SEUR is a sign of our ambition to drive change towards cleaner fleets in companies,” said LeasePlan Spain CEO Alberto Sáez.
“With the e-commerce boom we have not only moved from moving large shipments from one point to another, to deliver small packages to thousands of homes each day, but we have also managed to anticipate one of the main demands of online buyers: I bought it and I want it already. Uniting both not only leads us to develop innovative solutions focused on the recipient and to invest in technology and new facilities, but also to adapt our fleet of vehicles, increasingly present in the cities,” said Marc Bayo, director of SEUR.
A working meeting of Viktor Zubkov, Chairman of the Gazprom Board of Directors, Pierre Lahutte, Brand President of IVECO, and Mariarosa Baroni, President of NGV Italy, took place in Turin, Italy.
The parties discussed the current state and prospects of the Italian NGV market, as well as the efficiency of public support measures for converting motor vehicles to natural gas. Extensive attention was paid to the potential of cooperative efforts in expanding the use of natural gas as a vehicle fuel.
“The use of natural gas is the most efficient and affordable way of reducing harmful emissions in the transport sector. At the Gazprom Group, we pay great attention to that line of work. We are convinced that methane is the key to eco-friendly transportation on a mass scale,” said Viktor Zubkov.
“Our Italian colleagues share our enthusiasm. Italy is not just Gazprom’s third-largest export market. This country is currently the largest consumer of natural gas as a vehicle fuel in Europe. That can largely be attributed to comprehensive public support measures, including direct subsidies for converting motor vehicles to natural gas, as well as tax and other benefits, right down to free parking. I think that this experience can be put to use in our country,” said Viktor Zubkov.
Denisson Energy, a member of Antares Group, and the Natural Gas Vehicles Association – NGVA Romania presented CNG Romania project at the Bucharest International Motor Show – SIAB 2018. The participation at this event was part of the project’s promotion campaign, presenting optimal solutions for switching from traditional fuels to natural gas fuel highlighting their significant benefits.
Displaying in an exhibition stand of compressed natural gas (CNG) as an alternative fuel option to traditional fuels is a first in Romania. In a friendly set environment, allowed the visitors to get information about the future refuelling stations of the CNG Romania network and an understanding on the project’s objectives, the location of each station, the status of each station, etc.
Inside the stand, as an example of good practice on conversion to the bi-fuel gasoline-CNG system, the audience were able to notice the first car converted in Romania to be fuelled with compressed natural gas.
Also at SIAB 2018, within the conference “National and Local Programs for the Reduction of Pollution”, Mr. Dumitru Becşenescu, the President NGVA Romania, delivered the presentation on compressed natural gas as the viable green mobility solution.
Source: CNG Europe
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 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