NGS’ NG/LNG SNAPSHOT – April 1-15, 2021
City Gas Distribution & Auto LPG
Gujarat added most CNG stations in India
Continuing its thrust on the usage of clean fuel, Gujarat added the highest number of compressed natural gas (CNG) stations in India during the April-January period in 2020-21.
In fact, the state accounted for 20% of the new CNG stations developed in the country during the period.The number of CNG stations in Gujarat increased by 102 to 738 by the end of January 2021 as compared to 636 CNG stations on April 1, 2020. The information was released by the rating agency Care Ratings, which cited the data from Petroleum and Planning Analysis Cell, the Union ministry of petroleum and natural gas. Gujarat figures include CNG stations in Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu. The total number of CNG stations across the country increased by 506 to 2,713 as of January. The number was 2,207 at the beginning of the fiscal 2021. Gujarat was followed by Uttar Pradesh (89 new refuelling stations), Maharashtra (70), Odisha (47), Haryana (40), and Rajasthan (34). City gas distribution players estimate that the number of new CNG stations in Gujarat could be about 150 by the end of the 2020-21 fiscal.
Panchkula set to get piped natural gas
The dream of piped natural gas (PNG) for Panchkula residents is soon going to be realised as Haryana Speaker and local MLA Gian Chand Gupta laid
the foundation stone of a natural gas pipeline in the vegetable market ground, Sector 15, on 15 April.
The work of laying the pipeline will be carried out by Indian Oil-Adani Gas Private Limited. Describing it as a historic day, Gupta said the project would usher in a new era of development for local residents. Under this project, a pipeline of 10.85 km would be laid in the city and the work was expected to be completed in six months. He termed the occasion as fulfilment of his election promise to provide domestic gas to residents through a gas pipeline.
Chandigarh: More than 19,000 people sign up for piped gas
Over 19,000 people have registered themselves for piped natural gas connections in Chandigarh ever since IOC-Adani started laying the PNG pipelines.
The company has begun laying pipelines for the commercial belt on Madhya Marg. IOC-Adani had won the exclusive contract for supplying piped natural gas in the city and nearby areas for a period of five years. The Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) has allowed the firm to fix the final selling price of piped natural gas to be supplied to consumers.
Indian Oil Adani Gas Private Limited, which has been given the work of laying pipelines by the Government of India, has covered over 200 km in around 25 sectors of Chandigarh, mainly the southern belt. A total of 1,200 km had to be covered by March 2019 but things didn’t happen as per plan.
A gas meter is installed on the lines of an electricity meter and bills are paid bi-monthly. The municipal corporation has already formulated a policy for the company laying pipelines under City Gas Distribution Network (CGDN) in the city.
Centre flags land issues in gas pipeline projects with Odisha government
Petroleum and Natural Gas Secretary Tarun Kapoor on Monday (5 April) flagged land issues pertaining to oil and gas industry projects including the city gas distribution plan in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack with the State government.
City gas distribution (CGD) projects in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack, taken up in parallel with, Jagdishpur-Haldia and Bokaro-Dhamra Natural Gas Pipeline (JHBDPL) under Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga scheme, are facing land-related problems for laying of pipelines. The CGD projects are under execution in different districts including Cuttack and Khurda by GAIL, Gail Gas, Adani and Bharat Petro Resources.
Plan layout: Natural gas pipeline will cover a length of about 769 km through 13 districts. It will connect major industrial clusters of the State. City gas distribution projects are under execution in different districts. 34 projects worth Rs 77,331 crore are under various stages of implementation
Reliance-BP seek buyers for 5.5 mmscmd gas from KG-D6
Reliance Industries and its partner BP are seeking buyers for natural gas produced from the KG-D6 block located in the Krishna-Godavari basin of the Bay of Bengal
on the eastern coast of India. Covering an area of 8,100km², the block is owned and operated by Reliance Industries with 66.6% stake while BP owns the remaining 33.3% interest.
The KG-D6 Block integrated development project involves the development of three new deepwater fields, namely R-Cluster, Satellites Cluster and MJ. Reliance intends to sell 5.5 million standard cubic meters per day of additional natural gas produced from the eastern offshore KG-D6 block, reported Press Trust of India (PTI).
As per the tender document, the partners plan to start gas supply from late April or early May while the e-auction is scheduled for 23 April 2021. The lowest bid and highest acceptable bid would be minus $0.3 per million British thermal unit and JKM plus $2.01 per Metric Million British Thermal Unit (mmBtu) respectively. Over a supply tenure of three to five years, the bidders can seek a minimum supply volume of 0.01 mmscmd with maximum being the full offer volume.
Although the lowest price for the gas offered by RIL-BP has a current price of around $6.5 per mmBtu, the selected bidders will be entitled to a $3.62 per mmBtu maximum ceiling for six-month period to 30 September 2021, as fixed by the Indian government. By 2023, the total gas production from the three fields is expected to reach one billion cubic feet a day (bcfd).
Confidence Petroleum to set up Rs 200 cr CNG cylinder making unit
Confidence Petroleum India Limited (CPIL) – is aggressively working on its expansion plan. The company, which is the largest LPG cylinder manufacturing entity
in the country, has now decided to foray into CNG cylinder manufacturing. The company will set up a state-of-the art CNG cylinder manufacturing unit in Nagpur district with an investment of Rs 200 crore. The new facility will be operational within next two years. The company has identified a 30 acre piece of land in Umrer MIDC for its new unit.
CPIL is the largest private player in the gas retail business having presence in 22 states. The company is progressing in auto LPG and packed LPG under the brand ‘GoGas’ and ‘GoGas Elite’, In addition, the company is also exporting its LPG cylinders to neighbouring countries. The company has readymade infrastructure of 15 LPG cylinder manufacturing plants, 58 LPG bottling plants and around 200 auto LPG dispensing stations across the country. The LPG cylinders made by the company are supplied to state-owned oil marketing companies including Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited, Indian Oil Corporation Limited and Reliance Industries Limited in the private sector.
Stepping on the Gas: Tata Motors to foray into CNG space this fiscal
with a factory fitted CNG kit. At present, Tata Motors provides an option to get the CNG kits fitted in some of its PVs at dealerships. The move assumes significance in the light of high transportation fuel prices, which have spiked recently. Also, the new option is expected to complement the company’s portfolio of electric variants. In a conversation with IANS, Shailesh Chandra, President, Passenger Vehicle Business Unit, Tata Motors, said that factory fitted CNG options of some models will be introduced in the current fiscal.
On the current sales growth, Chandra cited new launches as well as continued financing support with attractive interest rates as the main factors for month-on-month rise in demand. Besides, he pointed out the improving indicators which show a slow but sure move towards a more sustainable demand trajectory. The company’s PV business posted its highest ever sales in nine years in March 2021 and Q4FY21. In FY21, the business registered its highest ever annual sales in eight years, posting a growth of 69 per cent versus FY20.
The PV business’ overall sales grew by 422 per cent during March 2021 to 29,654 units from 5,676 units sold in March 2020.
Cairn Energy offers to forego $500 mn if India agrees to pay principal due
UK’s Cairn Energy Plc has offered to forego USD 500 million and invest that amount in any oil and gas or renewable energy project identified by the Indian government
if New Delhi agrees to honour an international arbitration award and returns the value of loss it incurred because of being taxed retrospectively, sources said.
Even if it were to have agreed to the scheme, the Indian government had to refund about Rs 2,500 crore to the British firm, the value of shares seized and sold, dividend confiscated and tax refund withheld totaled to over Rs 7,600 crore which was more than 50 per cent of the Rs 10,247 crore principal tax demand raised. The Indian government has appealed against the tribunal ruling on grounds that tax levied by a sovereign power should not be subject to private arbitration.
Cairn has already taken steps to have the arbitration award recognised in nine major jurisdictions such as the US, UK, France, the Netherlands, Singapore and Canada’s Quebec province, where Indian sovereign assets have been identified. It hasn’t said what it might go after but assets could include Air India’s planes, vessels belonging to the Shipping Corporation of India and property owned by state banks.
ONGC seeks buyers for KG gas, wants minimum $6.6 price
State-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) on april 12, invited bids for the sale of initial 2 million standard cubic meters per day of gas from its KG basin fields
at a minimum price of USD 6.6 per mmBtu. According to the tender document, ONGC intends to start natural gas sale from its KG-DWN-98/2 block, which sits next to Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL)-BP Plc operated KG-D6 fields, from June-end. Initially, 2 million standard cubic metres per day of gas has been offered for sale through an e-auction.
Earlier this month, Reliance Industries Ltd and its partner BP Plc of UK sought bids for the sale of 5.5 mmscmd of additional natural gas that will be available for sale from their eastern offshore KG-D6 block. The e-auction is slated for April 23 and the gas supply will start from late April or early May, according to the tender document.
ONGC’s KG-DWN-98/2 or KG-D5 block is expected to have a peak production rate of 15.25 mmscmd of natural gas and 80,000 barrels per day of oil. The company is likely to come out with another tender later this year for the sale of 5 mmscmd of gas from next year.
BPCL partners Accenture to transform its sales, distribution network
Bengaluru: Bharat Petroleum Corp. Ltd. (BPCL) has partnered with Accenture Plc to transform its sales and distribution network digitally.
The IT consulting firm will use its capabilities in data, artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud technologies to build, design and implement a digital platform, called IRIS, according to a statement on Tuesday.
This platform will integrate real-time data from across BPCL’s countrywide network, including more than 18,000 fuel retail outlets, 25,000 tank trucks, 75 oil installations and depots, 52 liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) bottling plants and 250 additional industrial and commercial locations, to provide a consolidated view of its extensive operations. Driven by analytics based on AI and machine learning technologies, the IRIS platform will subsequently trigger automated alerts and actions, including rapid response to equipment failures or hazardous situations.
It will also empower the BPCL workforce of more than 100,000 employees across India to make faster and more accurate decisions, including preventative maintenance. This can help increase sales at fuel retail outlets by minimising infrastructure downtime and ensuring consistent fuel quality, as well as improve the experience for customers. The new platform will be capable of accepting more than three million inputs per second from automated sensors, cameras and Internet of Things (IoT) devices deployed at all key locations, tracking performance based on key parameters such as fuel stock, safety, compliance, equipment health and boosting asset uptime.
India’s 1st Floating LNG Storage And Regasification Unit Arrives In Maharashtra
Mumbai: India’s first Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) has arrived at H-Energy’s Jaigarh Terminal in Maharashtra.
In a statement, H-Energy said the FSRU ‘Hoegh Giant’, which sailed from Keppel Shipyard, Singapore, was berthed at Jaigarh terminal in Maharashtra on Monday(April 12). Darshan Hiranandani, CEO of H-Energy, said: “This will be India’s first FSRU based LNG regasification terminal, which marks a new chapter in India’s mission for accelerated growth of LNG infrastructure. FSRU based LNG Terminals aim at providing the ability to enhance the pace of natural gas import capability in an environment friendly and efficient manner”. “We are committed to the growth of LNG market in India.
Inoxcva ties up with Japan’s Mitsui to expand LNG distribution business
Mumbai: Inoxcva, which had last month launched the first indigenously developed LNG dispensers, has entered into a tie-up with the Japanese conglomerate
Mitsui & Co to expand its LNG distribution business through tankers. The Vadodara-based firm expects to meet the growing demand of the green fuel with this tie-up under which it seeks to collaborate technologically and commercially to establish a virtual pipeline for LNG distribution.
The agreement also entails deploying small-scale LNG infrastructure, including supply logistics and receiving facilities at customer-ends who are not connected to the pipelines. It can be noted that Inoxcva last month developed the country’s first LNG dispenser which is priced around USD 60,000 a unit. The company exports almost 60 per cent of the LNG tanker production as the domestic market is yet to mature. Inoxcva is one of the largest cryogenic liquid storage, distribution and re-gas solutions providers in the country with around Rs 600 crore in sales revenue.
Natural Gas / Transnational Pipelines/ Others
SEMCO Energy Goes Live with OATI’s Natural Gas Pipeline Transportation Management system
Open Access Technology International, Inc. (OATI) is pleased to announce the successful go-live of the OATI webPipeline™ solution for SEMCO Energy Gas Company, a public natural gas utility
headquartered in Port Huron, Michigan ()US (https://www.semcoenergygas.com/main/default). SEMCO delivers natural gas in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, as well as in the central, eastern and western parts of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. On March 23, 2021, SEMCO began production operations of OATI’s webPipeline™ solution, providing state-of-the-art gas transportation and storage functionality.
OATI webPipeline™ is an all-in-one gas pipeline management system that supports operations from gathering and transportation all the way to distribution. This solution allows users to automate their business processes, all while maintaining compliance through NAESB Wholesale Gas Quadrant 3.1 Standards. Hosted in OATI’s Private Cloud, webPipeline™ maintains data cybersecurity standards by complying with the most stringent security standards.
Federal Gov. gives $3M to build NGV stations on Trans-Canada Highway-Canada
Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, announced a $3-million investment to Envoy Energy for the installation of three natural gas stations in northern Ontario
that will put the trucking industry in the driver’s seat on the road to a cleaner future by helping it switch from diesel to CNG, one of the greenest transportation fuels on the market today for long-haul vehicles.
The new CNG stations – which are located at existing service stations in Nipigon, Hearst and Cochrane – will include on-site storage and easy-to-use dispensers providing all the features heavy-duty truck drivers need when refueling along the Trans-Canada Highway. Federal funding is provided through Natural Resources Canada’s Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment (EVAFIDI), which is investing to establish natural gas refueling stations along key transportation routes. To date, the federal government has provided support for 22 natural gas stations to be installed across Canada, providing transport companies with cleaner options to move their goods.
The government has invested over $600 million to make alternative fuel infrastructure more accessible. This investment supports natural gas refueling stations along key freight corridors, hydrogen stations in metropolitan centers, the demonstration of next-generation charging technologies and the development of enabling codes and standards. The government continues to support green infrastructure projects that will create good jobs, advance Canada’s green future and help achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.
U.S. Gain builds new bioCNG station, will fuel trucks of Port of Long Beach-US
AJR Trucking has partnered with U.S. Gain, a division of U.S. Venture, to build a renewable natural gas fueling station in Compton, CA, near the port of Long Beach.
The station will help AJR Trucking and its sister company, MDB Transportation, produce greater emission reductions for the areas of California that need it most. Since their transition to natural gas, AJR Trucking has replaced more than one million gallons of diesel fuel with biomethane, eliminating over 2,200 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. That’s the equivalent of removing 1,234 cars off the road or planting more than 149,747 trees.
The new natural gas station will be available to the public, allowing other fleets the luxury of convenient fueling near the port and use of biomethane. It features fast-fill capabilities and an easy in, easy out design created specifically to accommodate heavy duty trucks servicing the port. It will be operational 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and meets the emission standards set by the Port of Long Beach and the Harbor Trucking Association (HTA).
Qatar Petroleum to become 100% owner of Qatargas-Qatar
Qatar Petroleum has announced that it will not be renewing the Qatargas Liquefied Natural Gas Company Limited (QG1) joint venture upon the expiry
of the relevant agreements on 31 December 2021. As a result, Qatar Petroleum will become the sole owner of 100% of the QG1 assets and facilities on 1 January 2022. Established in 1984, QG1 is a joint venture between Qatar Petroleum and affiliates of Total, ExxonMobil, Marubeni and Mitsui. QG1 was the pioneering LNG project to be developed in Qatar, whose success has paved the way for the development of Qatar’s LNG industry, leading to where it stands today.
Canada: more CNG buses to improve public transport in Greater Victoria
The Government of Canada is investing more than $4.9 million, and the Government of British Columbia over $4.5 million in two projects through the Public Transit Infrastructure Stream (PTIS) of the Investing in Canada plan.
The recipients are contributing a combined total of over $1.9 million. One of the two initiatives (Vehicle Acquisition – Phase 6) will involve acquiring approximately 15 medium-duty buses fueled with CNG or biomethane to replace diesel-fueled vehicles at the end of their useful life.
The new NGVs will help maintain current transit levels and avoid gaps in service when existing buses are retired as well as improve the capacity of the transit system for Greater Victoria residents. The Governments of Canada and of British Columbia are each investing over $3.1 million in this project, while the Victoria Regional Transit Commission is contributing approximately $1.5 million. The second project will see to the rehabilitation of the north side of the existing UVic (University of Victoria) Exchange and bus stops along Ring Road, including refurbishment and enhancement of approximately nine bus bays, six bus shelters, and two layover bays as well as the redevelopment of surrounding pedestrian and bicycle storage infrastructure.
Gas deliveries to US LNG terminals to flow full tilt into summer-USA
Natural gas deliveries to the six major U.S. LNG export terminals have been flowing at full bore since mid-March as global gas prices continued to support shipments
of the fuel. Market observers expected U.S. terminals to keep operating at close to their full capacity in the months ahead, when seasonal demand is typically lower. Total flows were about 11.4 Bcf/d on March 28, continuing to hover around record levels, according to pipeline flow data from S&P Global Market Intelligence.
The total feed gas deliveries in March represented a sharp rebound. An extreme cold snap in Texas during mid-February had impacted operations at Gulf Coast gas liquefaction and export terminals. Flows to the major U.S. export facilities bottomed at about 2.2 Bcf/d on Feb. 16 during the winter weather, but the deliveries quickly recovered. The ramp-up in deliveries was pronounced at Cheniere Energy Inc.’s Corpus Christi LNG terminal, where deliveries totaled about 2.4 Bcf/d on March 28. The Corpus Christi terminal is one of two facilities in Texas. Cheniere received authorization from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on March 25 to enter a third liquefaction unit at the facility into commercial service. The developer announced reaching substantial completion on train 3 on March 26. Cheniere is also building a sixth train at its flagship Sabine Pass LNG terminal in Louisiana. As construction remained ahead of schedule, the developer said the train could begin producing LNG by the end of this year. Other developments could add more support for U.S. LNG feedgas demand over the months ahead. Developer Venture Global LNG told FERC in a March 17 filing that its Calcasieu Pass LNG terminal under construction in Louisiana could be ready to ship its first LNG cargo in late 2021, a year ahead of schedule. Venture Global expected full operations at Calcasieu Pass, which will be the country’s seventh major LNG export plant, to begin in mid-2022. Venture Global also said its 23.4-mile TransCameron Pipeline LLC line connecting Calcasieu Pass to the interstate pipeline grid “is expected to commence service very soon.”
Biomethane sales double in the UK
Gasrec has doubled the sales of biomethane across its commercial vehicle refueling network in the first quarter of 2021, compared to the same period in 2020.
The growth continues the huge spike in demand for gas over the past two years, with the company now supplying approximately seven times more biomethane to the road transport sector than at the start of 2019.
While there has been a steady increase in demand for bio-CNG, bio-LNG has seen huge growth – due largely to its suitability for long-haul work and the 6×2 tractor unit market. Sales of bio-LNG from Gasrec’s 24/7 flagship site at the Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT) grew by more than 250% in the last 12 months alone.
Within the last 12 months Gasrec has invested £1 million upgrading its flagship DIRFT site – which has the capacity to refuel up to 700 trucks per day – plus installed on-site refueling stations for Reed Boardall at its Boroughbridge site, and for Gregory Distribution at its Cullumpton depot. The company’s cryogenic trailer fleet – used for delivering bio-LNG – is also growing rapidly to keep up with demand, with up to eight trailers expected to be on the road by the end of the year.
Pilot LNG Moving Forward with Texas LNG Bunkering Port-USA
Plans to build the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering port on the Gulf Coast are inching forward by awarding a front-end engineering and design (FEED)
contract for a floating LNG unit. The proposed Galveston LNG Bunker Port (GLBP) project would comprise an LNG production vessel permanently moored off Pelican Island, TX. The island is in Galveston Bay, one of the busiest marine corridors in the United States, providing access to the Houston Ship Channel.
Wison has been a partner of Pilot since last year, when the project application was first filed with federal regulators. Pilot LNG is betting that increased demand for LNG as a marine fuel could build support for the project. International regulators have tightened emissions standards, and the maritime industry has increasingly turned to LNG as a fuel source because of its lower emissions profile and cost competitiveness. Pilot LNG is targeting a final investment decision on the GLBP project in the first half of 2022, with operations beginning in the first half of 2025.
Council supports electric powertrain fueled by natural gas for heavy trucks-USA
Hyliion Holdings Corp. announced the formation of the Hypertruck Innovation Council, a select group of fleet, logistics, and transportation industry leaders that will actively support the development
of Hyliion’s Hypertruck powertrain solution. Representing over 100,000 Class 8 commercial trucks globally, the Council will collaborate closely with Hyliion to provide key user insights in the development of the Hypertruck ERX™. The Hypertruck ERX is an electric powertrain charged by natural gas for Class 8 trucks, which intends to provide a long-haul powertrain solution delivering lower operating costs, emissions reductions, and superior performance to the global commercial trucking industry.
Utilizing the 700+ commercial natural gas vehicle filling stations across North America, it enables long range and quick refueling, and when fueled with renewable natural gas, can provide net-negative carbon emissions to these fleets. Council members will be the first to have access to and put real-world miles on the Hypertruck ERX demonstration units, providing valuable fleet and driver feedback. With an eye on furthering sustainable practices in the commercial trucking industry, the Council shares Hyliion’s focus on reducing carbon emissions without sacrificing performance.
Customers Can Now Opt Up to Green the Gas Supply-Canada
TORONTO: Enbridge Gas announced on 6 April, the details of a new voluntary renewable natural gas (RNG) program for its customers that will reduce overall emissions from
Ontario’s gas supply. Enbridge Gas’ new OptUp Program will offer residential and small business customers who buy their gas from the utility the option to contribute $2 a month as a cost-effective option to help offset the increased costs to acquire carbon-neutral renewable natural gas (RNG). RNG is generated by capturing and cleaning methane emissions from landfills and other waste sources which would otherwise be released into the air and is then blended into the natural gas supply, lowering emissions. This renewable energy program is part of the Ontario government’s Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help Canada meet its 2030 target. RNG makes productive and economic use of landfill and other organic waste, uses existing pipeline infrastructure and creates local jobs and new revenue opportunities for municipal governments.
Today, 75 percent of Ontario households heat their homes with affordable natural gas. During the first five years of the program, Enbridge Gas anticipates that up to 28,000 of its customers will participate, reducing CO2 emissions by 8,000 tonnes or the equivalent to taking 1,600 cars off the road for one year. OptUp will have no minimum term for participation, allowing customers to cancel their enrollment on 30 days’ notice. The program charge will appear as a separate line item on the bill and there are no direct costs for non-participating customers.
Global LNG demand jumps most since pandemic dashed trade
Liquefied natural gas deliveries expanded the most in a year as Asia and Europe refilled inventories drained over the winter,
and as pandemic-ravaged economies slowly began to reopen. Imports jumped 5.8% in March from a year earlier, the biggest increase since March 2020, ship-tracking data compiled by Bloomberg showed. Demand for the fuel used in heating and power generation had been steadily growing before Covid-19, as nations shifted away from coal-fired power over climate concerns.
While European imports rebounded as dwindling stockpiles and strong spot prices attracted cargoes from US export projects, Asian importers anchored the growth. Chinese shipments surged more than 30% in March amid an effort by the nation’s new pipeline operator to open terminals to gas distributors. Supplies to Bangladesh and Pakistan also rose on the back of spot buying.
LNG imports into western Europe in March reached the highest levels since record volumes delivered in December 2019. Supplies from the U.S. made up nearly 30% of shipments. Global exports of the fuel in March rose 4.2% from year-ago levels. Output from the US surged to a record high as projects ramped up production, while exports from Algeria, Oman and Egypt also expanded.
Technological Development for Cleaner and Greener Environment Hydrogen & Bio-Methane
Robotic Wireless Lead Detection Systems Are Gaining Prominence Among Natural Gas Distribution Market Trends-UK
LONDON, GREATER LONDON, UK: Key natural gas industry trends include how companies in the natural gas distribution industry are investing in robotic wireless in-pipe leak detection systems for faster repair of leakages.
Traditional detection systems are often slow. The new robotic technology can detect leaks at a faster pace and with high accuracy. These robotic devices use laser beams to detect potential leak points by analyzing the gas concentration in the proximity. This technology provides reliable results and a reduced amount of data to be processed in detection to plug gas leakages. For instance, the A6 OMD robot developed by SMP Robotics is used to detect underground pipeline gas leaks. It uses GPS to frame a map to locate the gas leak for a pipeline of any length, which is helpful in the liquefied natural gas market.
Major companies in the market include Centrea, Osaka Gas, Tokyo Gas, GAIL India, and Gas Natural Fenosa.
Milestone in engine production
FPT Industrial produces the 10,000th Cursor 13 NG engine with the collaboration of new Sherpa mobile robots. The 10,000th Cursor 13 NG (natural gas) engine rolled off the line of FPT Industrial’s plant in Bourbon-Lancy, France, March, 2021.
The engine was unveiled in late 2017 and since then gained popularity in the market of commercial vehicles. FPT Industrial said that the Cursor 13 NG is currently the most powerful 100% natural gas engine available in the on-road segment and the first purely natural gas engine specially developed for long-haul missions. The engine delivers power up to 338 kW (460 hp) at 1 900 r/min and torque up to 2 000 Nm at 1 100 r/min. The Cursor 13 NG runs on 100% natural gas, both in the compressed form (CNG) and in liquified form (LNG).
The Cursor 13 NG complies with Euro 6 Step C emission limits with stoichiometric combustion and a three-way catalyst only.
It does not need exhaust gas recirculation or other aftertreatment systems. The engine’s CO₂ emission level is 9% lower than the diesel version and can reach near zero when using biomethane. The engine also reaches a 98% reduction in particulate matter emissions and -48% NOx emissions compared to Euro-6-compliant diesel engines. Natural gas engines also contribute to a decreased noise pollution lowering emissions during operation to less than 71 dB.