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Eni and Snam Sign Contract to Open 20 New Natural Gas Stations in Italy

Eni and Snam, through its subsidiary Snam4Mobility, have signed a second contract implementing the framework agreement signed in May 2017, aimed at creating 20 new compressed natural gas (CNG) refuelling stations for vehicles in Italy, as part of both companies’ commitment to promoting sustainable mobility in the country.

The deal follows the contract signed a few months ago to create a group of 14 compressed natural gas (CNG) stations, of which the first are due to open within the first quarter of 2019. Under the agreement, Snam will design, create and maintain 20 new compressed natural gas (CNG) stations within Eni’s national distributor network. The investment for these activities is expected to be within the region of €10 million.

Natural gas is one of the best technologies available to help reduce emissions in mobility, with benefits in terms of air quality, as well as significant financial advantages for consumers. Mobility using natural gas is also becoming increasingly renewable through the gradual development of a biomethane supply chain that uses existing facilities.

Eni’s goal is to further strengthen its sustainable mobility offering with this initiative. Within Eni’s network of 4,400 stations, 3,500 supply Eni Diesel+, the premium diesel with a 15% renewable component, while around 1,000 stations supply LPG and methane, two of which are liquefied natural gas (LNG) and 180 are compressed natural gas (CNG).

Source: Eni

HAM Opens the First Natural Gas Station in the Port of Barcelona

The HAM Group has officially launched a new public access station that will offer both compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the province of Barcelona. This new station is the first one to be located within the port of Barcelona, and with this there are already 18 public stations operated by HAM (13 with CNG and 15 with LNG).

Although the official opening will be in the months of September and October this year, the station is already operational for the refuelling of vehicles.

Thanks to this new HAM facility, compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) will be provided to port vehicles, heavy or light trucks, vans, taxis and passenger cars. This installation service will not only reduce the operating fuel costs but also supposes a new alternative so that the port’s transportation can reduce emissions and improve the air quality in Barcelona. The station has a double compressed natural gas (CNG) dispenser and a liquefied natural gas (LNG) dispenser.

In addition to the station in the port of Barcelona, ​​HAM plans to expand its network of compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) with the installation of new refuelling points in the peninsula. The most advanced according to the information that GASNAM has received are located in the communities of Aragón, Asturias, Castilla y León, Galicia and Extremadura.

There are already 59 natural gas stations operation in Spain, which will soon increase by 43 that are currently under construction.

Source: Gasnam

Westport Fuel Systems Concludes Sale of CNG Compressor

Westport Fuel Systems Inc. has completed the sale of its compressed natural gas (CNG) compressor business to Snam S.p.A., a leading European gas utility company, for total proceeds of 12.3 million Euro, net of a EUR 500,000 holdback to be released upon fulfilment of an independent audit process, which will be completed within 30 business days.

This divestiture was initially announced by Westport Fuel Systems on May 17, 2018. According to the Vancouver-based company, the deal was consistent with its strategy to streamline its business and product lines and focus on supplying alternative fuel vehicle components and systems to the transportation industry.

“The closing of this transaction marks another achievement in our portfolio rationalization, a strategic initiative we started two years ago following the merger with Fuel Systems Solutions to capture synergies, drive efficiencies and strengthen our balance sheet,” states Nancy Gougarty, CEO of Westport Fuel Systems. “With a stronger balance sheet, a more streamlined business and improving operational results, we believe we can build on our market-leading position in our core markets, which should drive long-term value for the company and our shareholders.”

Source: Westport Fuel Systems

City of Columbus Opens Largest CNG Station

Columbus Finance and Management Director Joe Lombardi officially celebrated the opening of a new compressed natural gas (CNG) fuelling station. Located at 5115 Krieger Court, the opening of this CNG fuelling station makes it the fourth and largest in the city.

The West CNG station is another step in making Columbus an environmentally friendly city.  This station is also a “fast fill” which means that vehicles are able to refuel as quickly as filling a diesel tank at a regular station. All four of the city’s compressed natural gas (CNG) fuelling stations are specifically for public fleets, private fleets and individual use.

“Under the leadership of Mayor Andrew Ginther, the City continues to invest in cleaner and environmentally safer fuel,” said Lombardi. “CNG reduces carbon emissions by approximately eighty percent and produces less greenhouse gases than traditional fuel. Since utilizing CNG as a fuel source in 2010, the City of Columbus has saved taxpayers approximately $3 million in fuel costs.”

Currently, Columbus has 244 compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles in service that use almost 500,000 petrol gallon equivalents per year. Not only has this helped to save taxpayers money, but it also has a significantly positive impact on the environment. Vehicles using compressed natural gas (CNG) emit much lower levels of harmful emissions such as carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and nitrous oxides.

Source: City of Columbus OH

Híper Usera Launches a Fleet of Hybrid Natural Gas Vehicles From SEAT

The supermarket chain Híper Usera based in Madrid has acquired a fleet of 35 hybrid TGI SEAT Ibiza vehicles powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) to be used in commercial and supervisory tasks.

The objective of Híper Usera is to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, thus contributing to the achievement of a healthy and sustainable environment, according to sources in the chain.

The hybrid TGI SEAT Ibiza model will reduce CO2 emissions by 25% and noise pollution by 50% compared to the diesel vehicles. The particularity of the new vehicles of Híper Usera is that they work with two tanks, one for natural gas and another for petrol.

The engine of the vehicle uses compressed natural gas (CNG) primarily and only uses petrol when the first one is finished, in such a way that many more kilometres can be covered without there being the need to refuel. On the other hand, the existence of the two deposits guarantees a surplus of reliability.

The vehicles will be delivered step by step throughout the summer on June 15, 2018; the first two units arrived and on September 20, 2018 where the execution of the entire order will be completed.

Source: Híper Usera

OPW Confident with the CNG Market

As oil prices rise globally, increasing the price of traditional liquid fuels, European cities are establishing timelines to restrict or ban diesel outright. The focus is shifting to low emission, sustainable and renewable fuels, and the transportation industry is responding with the alternative options.

Recent activity in the electric vehicle market has dominated the headlines, but compressed natural gas (CNG) technology has been quietly reducing greenhouse gas emissions for decades. The technology is widespread over the globe and is well suited for a diverse range of transportation applications including cars, buses, trucks and many more.

OPW has supported the transportation and fuel market for decades with reliable, cost effective and innovative fuel dispensing products. OPW works with a wide range of leading companies across the EMEA region, supplying compressed natural gas (CNG) products including nozzles, breakaways and shear valves.

“Methane contains less carbon, it is not toxic and cannot contaminate groundwater. It’s the ideal alternative to replace diesel for commercial vehicles. OPW offers a high quality reliable range of fuelling equipment to enable a rapid and easy transition from diesel to clean fuels”.

Source: Petrol Plaza

Enagás and CEEES Sign an Agreement to Promote Natural Gas

Enagás and the Spanish Confederation of Service Station Operators (CEEES) have signed an agreement to work together on the promotion of natural gas as an alternative fuel in transport.

The collaboration will take into consideration the technical feasibility analysis for the construction of refuelling points for natural gas vehicles (NGVs) and hydrogen in some of the 5,000 service stations that make up the CEEES network in Spain.

The agreement between both parties has an initial duration of one year, extendable automatically for annual periods.

In addition, Enagás and CEEES will collaborate in other lines of action for the promotion of natural gas as an alternative fuel in transport, in line with their commitment to contribute to the welfare of society and to the improvement of air quality.

Source: Enagás

Endesa Will Open Its Second Public Natural Gas Filling Station in Paris

Endesa will open its second public gas station for natural gas vehicles (NGVs) in Paris, specifically in Île-de-France, in the metropolitan area of the French capital, the energy company said in a statement.

The association of municipalities for the management of gas and electricity of Île-de-France (SIGEIF) and Endesa have signed the award of the design, construction and operation of this gas vehicle station, which will be located in the town of Wissous, south of Paris.

The opening of the Endesa station is scheduled for June 2019 and is part of the company’s growth strategy in France and Europe through natural gas for vehicles (NGV), a fuel that reduces by 95% the emission of particles and between 40% and 65% those of nitrogen oxide (NOx).

BioNGV, or methane gas from renewable sources, will also be dispensed at the station, which reduces CO2 emissions by 90%. The contract was awarded as part of the plan to tackle pollution in the city of Paris and its metropolitan area.

The new station of Endesa, of more than 4,000 square meters, will be open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and will have compressed natural gas (CNG) for fast refuelling.

Source: Endesa

NGVAmerica Urges Development with Usage of Light-Duty CNG Vehicles

NGVAmerica recently encouraged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to expand opportunities for natural gas vehicles (NGVs) ahead of the agencies’ reported May 30 submission of proposed rule changes to light-duty greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards for model years 2022 – 2025.  Submission of a regulatory package to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review is the last step before proposed regulations are issued.

NGVAmerica’s letter calls for regulatory changes and incentives that would create new interest in and opportunities for NGVs in the light-duty sector by fully accounting for all the benefits of natural gas and providing a more level playing field with other technologies currently incentivised by existing rules.

More than half of annual light-duty vehicle sales include sport utility vehicles (SUVs), work vans, and pickup trucks—a market segment that is well served by natural gas powertrains due to their power, performance, and range benefits. Meaningful reductions in petroleum consumption and vehicle emissions require practical, economic and viable solutions for this critical portion of the light duty sector.

NGVAmerica’s letter recommends that the proposed rules include the following regulatory changes:  1) amend the calculations for GHG emissions to provide the same level of incentive as is provided for fuel economy; 2) amend the current driving range provisions to remove the 2:1 range requirement for NGVs and put in place driving range requirements that are no more burdensome than those in place for electric vehicles; 3) provide sales multiplier credits on par with those previously adopted for other advanced technology vehicles; 4) provide credits for automakers that produce gaseous-prep vehicles; and 5) amend the current advanced vehicle credits for light duty trucks by removing the market penetration requirements.

Source: NGVAmerica

Larson Pushing Proposed Natural Gas Parity Act in the United States

Congressman John Larson has teamed up with Oklahoma Republican Markwayne Mullin to propose legislation aimed at encouraging the use of natural gas to fuel cars, trucks, buses, and planes.

The two lawmakers have introduced H.R. 5959, the Natural Gas Parity Act, that they say will level the playing field when it comes to federal subsidies for alternative fuel sources to petrol that have thus far not included natural gas.

“The United States has an abundance of energy resources and this bill will reduce our dependence on foreign imports by spurring the adoption of cleaner, domestic vehicles that run on natural gas. This will reduce pollution, spur investment in alternative fuel sources, and bolster our national security by enhancing energy independence,” Larson said.

Mullin explained that under current laws and regulations alternative fuel sources enjoy federal subsidies that cut down on production costs while clean, natural gas shoulders a greater financial burden.

“The federal government should not be picking winners and losers in the energy industry, but instead should allow consumers and accessibility to drive demand,” said Mullin, who owns a plumbing business and is a former mixed-martial arts fighter.

There are currently more than 175,000 natural gas vehicles in the United States. Since 2009, natural gas production in the U.S. has exceeded Russia’s natural gas production, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Source: Congressmen Mullin and Larson