Scania and Quavii team up to refuel Peru’s first LNG heavy truck


Scania and Quavii team up to refuel Peru’s first LNG heavy truck

Scania and gas distributor Quavii (trademark of Gases del Pacífico) have joined forces to achieve a real milestone in Peruvian mobility and sustainability as they were part of the refueling of the first European heavy-duty truck powered by LNG in the country. The Scania brand vehicle has a range of more than 1,000 kilometers and will make its first journey from Lima to Trujillo.

The refueling of the Scania G410 4×2 truck was done through a MicroFueler, a mobile refueling unit that represents the first step for the implementation of the Green Corridor project, which in its initial stage will put into operation two filling stations that will offer LNG along the north coast of Peru: the first located in Trujillo and the second in Huarmey.

“From today, it is already possible for LNG long distance trucks to travel more than 1,000 kilometers in the most sustainable and efficient way that has existed up to now in our country. We were waiting for this great moment to start a new era of transition of heavy duty transportation in Peru. Now it is possible for the Peruvian market to use the cleanest mobility and with the most efficient performance in the world,” said José Antonio Manucci, Managing Director of Scania del Peru.

Alberto Polifroni, General Manager of Quavii, also commented: “The supply and operation of the first LNG heavy vehicles in Peru is already a reality, and what we demonstrated today with Scania confirms that we continue promoting the change in energy grid in this sector.”

Spain: almost 60% of Seville’s bus fleet operates with CNG

The mayor of Seville Juan Espadas, the delegate of Security and Mobility Juan Carlos Cabrera, and the manager of Tussam Rubén García presented 30 new CNG buses purchased by the municipal transport company Tussam after an investment of 10.5 millions of euros. These new vehicles are part of the strategy of renewing the fleet and investments to improve service.

“When this mandate started we found a company with paralyzed investments and an aging fleet with problems. We implemented an investment plan that has amounted to more than 40 million euros (almost ten times more than in the previous mandate) and we have managed to acquire more than 130 buses and reduce the average age of the fleet of 10 years to 8.5,” explained Espadas, who underlined the impact that this line of work is having on sustainability: almost 60% of the fleet already uses natural gas.

“We are increasingly closer to the goal of reaching 75% of a CNG fleet and at the same time achieving savings in fuel costs of over 30%,” added Seville mayor. In fact, the forecast is that in 2019 another 30 vehicles can be acquired with an investment of another 10 million euros.

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World’s largest LNG supply vessel, MV Kairos, christened in Germany

The world’s largest Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) gas supply vessel (GSV), MV Kairos, has been christened at a historic ceremony on the River Elbe in Hamburg, Germany.

Owned by Babcock Schulte Energy (BSE), a joint venture between Babcock International Group and Bernhard Schulte, the vessel benefits from almost 300 years of the partners’ combined shipping expertise and has been developed using leading-edge, innovative technology that will provide environmental benefits and drive operational efficiency for its customers.

Equipped with Babcock’s Fuel Gas Supply Vessel Zero (FGSV0™) – a scalable cargo handling and fuelling solution complete with compressed natural gas storage and utilisation capabilities – MV Kairos will eliminate the release of boil-off and flash gas to the atmosphere during normal operations, providing an environmentally accountable fuelling alternative.

Archie Bethel, CEO of Babcock International Group, said: “This is a proud moment for all of the parties involved and marks an important milestone for Babcock Schulte Energy. MV Kairos’ reduced environmental footprint is an example of what BSE can provide to the gas shipping market; cleaner energy to customers worldwide.”

He added: “We combine technology and deep engineering expertise to create value for our customers in a sustainable way and, through this, we are forging a new approach for LNG bunkering.”

Nauticor, a leading provider of LNG for maritime customers, is chartering the MV Kairos to serve marine customers in the North Sea and Baltic Sea, the Klaipėda LNG fuelling station in Lithuania and the Linde LNG terminal in Nynäshamn.

Natural gas plays major role in energy transition: Qatargas CEO

Qatargas CEO Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa al-Thani has underscored the significance of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a “destination fuel” in the future of energy, playing a major role in the ‘energy transition’ the world is embarking on.

The Qatargas CEO was speaking at a ‘CEO Conclave’ titled ‘Shaping the New Energy World’ held as part of the 13th International Oil & Gas Conference and Exhibition-Petrotech 2019, organised by the Indian Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas in New Delhi from February 10 to 12 .

Sheikh Khalid said, “Natural gas remains the fastest growing fossil fuel globally, benefiting from its flexibility, competitive economics, and low emissions profile. Thus, natural gas is called to play a major role in the energy transition, supported by the industrialisation and power demand particularly in emerging countries in Asia and Africa, and the continued ‘coal to gas’ switch, especially in India and China.”

He noted that the energy demand would continue to grow driven by emerging economies and the projected growth in global population, which will touch 9bn by 2040.

LNG demand is expected to increase at an average 4% annually to reach more than 600mn tonnes in 2035 versus 290mn tonnes in 2017.

In view of this, more LNG projects are required to cover the existing and projected demand for clean fuels.

He reiterated Qatar’s contribution to this increase of LNG supply through the addition of another 33mn tonnes per year (tpy) to its existing capacity of 77mn tpy to take the country’s overall production capacity to 110mn tpy by next decade.

Thanks to its low carbon emission profile, natural gas is the ideal complement to renewables, he noted.

In countries like India where coal plays a major role (60% of energy for power), natural gas is a good substitute for oil, ensuring cleaner air and thus improving the standard of living, Sheikh Khalid said.

The CEO encouraged the Indian government to create a conducive environment for the increased use of this clean fossil fuel through a “top down” push for an enhancement of gas distribution infrastructure as well as reform of the applicable regulation and taxation.

During the conference, the Qatargas delegation led by Sheikh Khalid met with a number of key Indian stakeholders.

The company also showcased various projects and key milestones in the exhibition, which was held in parallel to the conference.

Qatargas has a strong, established partnership with India, supplying LNG since January 2004 and delivering more than 1,500 cargoes to date.

Egypt to remain the low-cost option for East Med LNG exports: Shell executive

Cairo — Egypt’s Idku and Damietta LNG export plants are likely to remain the low-cost option for East Mediterranean gas producers looking to export, and the process of starting up supplies through Egypt from around the region is one of “normal project development,” Shell country chair and vice president Gasser Hanter said Tuesday.

Hanter played down the idea of any remaining political obstacles to bringing supplies to Egypt from countries such as Cyprus or Israel. He pointed to Egypt’s hosting of an East Mediterranean Gas Forum in January that brought together governmental representatives from the region, and recent commercial agreements.

“I think we’re in the normal project development stage. We’ve seen that the geopolitical piece — we’ve seen it with the inter-governmental agreements, and we’ve recently seen the East Mediterranean Gas Forum, where you had all the countries from the East Mediterranean. You just have to go through the normal project development process,” Hanter told journalists at the EGYPS conference in Cairo.

In recent months Israel has agreed to begin pipeline exports to Egypt, and Cyprus has reached a provisional deal to pipe gas from its Aphrodite field to Egypt.

Egypt’s Dolphinus Holdings is set to import 64 Bcm/year of gas from Israel over a 10-year period, with supplies sourced from the Tamar and Leviathan fields, after producers Noble Energy and Delek agreed to buy a stake in the idled East Mediterranean Gas pipeline.

Hanter said the economics of Egypt’s export plants remained compelling, suggesting any other future liquefaction projects in the region might struggle.

Partly, this was because the Egyptian plants had been built in a different commercial environment, and costs had since risen, he said. “If you want to build something similar to that today, you’re looking at a large number of billions of dollars,” Hanter said.

“In my mind it’s a question of can you build it cheaper in Cyprus or elsewhere, or is it better for you to transport it and not build? I think everything is possible. I still think that having these advantaged plants that were built in the good old days with very experienced operators behind it, the very solid infrastructure, the gas market at the back of the pipe, these are all ingredients that are quite important,” Hanter said.

Israeli energy minister Yuval Steinitz held bilateral talks in Cairo in January with his Egyptian counterpart Tariq al-Mulla on his first visit to Egypt since the Arab Spring in 2011. He described the invitation as “further proof that the benefit of developing gas resources is not only economic and environmentally beneficial, but also geopolitical and political in nature.”

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