NGS’ NG/LNG SNAPSHOT – April 16-30, 2021

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City Gas Distribution & Auto LPG

India’ crude oil, gas production falters

In what may impact India’ energy security efforts, the country’ domestic crude and oil and gas production fell by 5.22% and 8.06% respectively during April 2020 to March 2021, as compared to the corresponding period in the previous financial year.

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However, with people staying indoors, domestic cooking gas consumption is expected to go up.

This production dip also comes at a time when the Indian government is working on diversifying the country’s energy basket with crude oil supplies from non-Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) sources, after the Opec-plus grouping’s decision to retain supply curbs.

Gas comprises about 6.2% of India’s primary energy mix, far behind the global average of 24%. The government plans to increase this share to 15% by 2030. India’s gas demand is expected to be driven by the fertilizer, power, city gas distribution, and steel sectors.

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India’s city gas demand may drop by 25%-30% as COVID-19 cripples key states

India’s city gas demand is expected to drop by around 25%-30% in the coming months as the COVID-19 pandemic spreads across large cities and states that are also the main consumers of natural gas with the highest penetration of gas pipeline networks, according to government officials and gas company executives.

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Weaker demand has already impacted gas procurement as spot LNG imports have been curtailed since the start of April, LNG carriers headed to Indian ports have been diverted to other markets, and many LNG vessels are waiting longer than usual to discharge their cargoes. However, the official said demand from the city gas distribution, or CGD, segment was expected to drop by around 25% as infections rose in metro cities like New Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata. Other executives put the number at around 30%.

Natural gas has a relatively small share in India’s energy mix, accounting for just over 6% of demand. In the April-February period of fiscal 2020-21, India’s gas demand was the largest in the fertilizer sector (32%), followed by power generation (20%), city gas (16%), refineries (14%), petrochemicals (5%) and others (12%), according to the latest government data. Roughly half of the gas from CGD is sourced from LNG imports. A 30% decline in city gas demand makes a relatively small dent, but other sectors are also struggling in the pandemic.

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Electric Mobility & Bio- Methane

Ola Electric to invest $2 bn in battery charging network

Ola Electric Mobility Pvt. Ltd, which is setting up a mega factory to produce e-scooters, will invest $2 billion in the next five years to build an electric two-wheeler charging network along with its partners, said a top  executive.

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Called ‘Hypercharger Network’, Ola said it will provide super-fast charging solutions to all its electric two-wheeler customers, including the scooter that it plans to launch in July. Ola plans to set up a network of 100,000 EV chargers across 400 cities, of which 5,000 charging points will be installed in 100 cities in 2021-22.

The new Ola scooter can be charged up to 50% in 18 minutes for a 75km range, and to charge the vehicle’s battery to its full capacity will still take less than an hour, the company said. Ola’s factory on 500 acres of land in Tamil Nadu’s Krishnagiri district is expected to be ready by June and will produce 10 million e-scooters every year, making it the largest two-wheeler maker globally.

The Hypercharger Network will have a capacity of 12 kilowatts. Its standalone chargers installed at public locations will have a slower rate of charge, but the company said that a bulk of the chargers it will install will be Hyperchargers.

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Hero MotoCorp ties up with Taiwan’s Gogoro Inc with focus on electric mobility

New Delhi: The country’s largest two-wheeler maker Hero MotoCorp on Wednesday, 21 April, said it has partnered with Taiwan-based Gogoro Inc to collaborate in the field of electric mobility.

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As per the partnership, the companies will establish a battery swapping joint venture to bring Gogoro’s industry leading battery swapping platform to India and will collaborate on electric vehicle development to bring Hero-branded, powered by Gogoro network vehicles to market.

This partnership will further extend the work, which the company is doing at its R&D hubs at the Centre of Innovation and Technology (CIT) in Jaipur and Tech Centre in Germany, he added.

The vision and commitment of Hero and Gogoro is perfectly aligned towards the common goal of accelerating the shift to smart, sustainable electric mobility in India, and around the world, Munjal noted. With more than 3,75,000 riders and 2,000 battery swapping stations, Gogoro Network manages 2,65,000 daily battery swaps with more than 174 million total battery swaps to date.

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TVS Supply Chain Solutions, Switch Mobility to operate 1,000 electric LCVs

Chennai: TVS supply chain solution (TVS SCS) has tied up with Ashok Leyland subsidiary switch mobility to establish a ‘sustainable logistic network’. Under the arrangement,

Niti Aayog suggests government to provide incentives on EV purchase apart from subsidy under FAME-II

Government think tank Niti Aayog has said the government should provide incentives on electric vehicle (EV) purchase over and above the existing subsidy under the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and EV (FAME-II) scheme.

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The Niti Aayog in its status quo analysis of electric mobility in India also said the government should include EVs and associated businesses in the priority sector lending category.

It further pitched for creation of non-financial incentives, including priority lanes and exclusive parking for EVs in commercial complexes. The Aayog also recommended providing interest subvention on loans taken for EV purchase. It also said green zones should be demarcated within cities that permit only EVs, and heavy taxes should be charged on conventional fuel vehicles. It also emphasised that financial institutions should be encouraged to extend their lending facility to the electric mobility sector.

The Aayog also suggested that the electricity regulator should be mandated to provide a mechanism for approval of rate-basing of utility investments in building EV charging infrastructure. It also pitched for providing opportunity to battery swapping stations to participate in real-time and ancillary service markets.

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Gas/ Pipelines/ Company News

Kolkata: City’s second CNG station opens in New Town

As petrol and diesel prices remain skyhigh, a new fuel has made its appearance in New Town. A Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) pump has opened behind Axis Mall. CNG was selling at Rs 67.67 per kg on the day

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The Telegraph Salt Lake visited the petrol pump.

This is our second pump after one in Garia which had opened on the same day,” said an official of Bengal Gas Company, which is a joint venture of GAIL (India) Limited and Greater Calcutta Gas Supply Corporation Limited, a state government entity. Two more gas stations are set to open near Shapoorji Pallonji in Action Area III and at Chinar Park once all permissions are in place. The company also plans to set up its own station opposite City Centre 2.

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Once loss-making, GSPC group makes its mark

Ahmedabad: In a year when the economy faced serious downturns due to Covid-19 pandemic, Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation (GSPC) group has emerged as a leader in the natural gas value chain.

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The group has, over the years, moved away from its core business activities of hydrocarbon exploration and production activity after it faced huge financial losses in the past.

GSPC, the flagship company of GSPC group, caters to about 32-33% of natural gas demand in Gujarat. The company has been able to increase its gas marketing outreach from 17 million metric standard cubic meters per day (MMSCMD) in 2019-20 to 19 MMSCMD in 2020-21.

The loss-making company that was pulled up by CAG time and again in the past, earned an operating profit of Rs 1,183 crore for 2020-21. The turnover of GSPC in FY 2020 was Rs 15,348 crore, whereas the estimated turnover in FY 2021 is Rs 13,200 crore, said a government official in the know of the matter. The GSPC group, promoted by the Gujarat government, has a strong presence across the entire natural gas value chain through its 12 companies and institutions under its umbrella.

The flagship company GSPC supplies cleaner fuel to bulk users such as power, fertilizer and large industries as well as a large base of retail customers through City Gas Distribution (CGD) networks. GSPC LNG Limited (GLL) had last year commissioned a 5 million tonnes per annum LNG receiving, storage, and regasification terminal at Mundra.

While GSPC harnesses and procures natural gas, Gujarat State Petronet Limited (GSPL) builds infrastructure that transmits gas. GSPL has already put in place a pipeline network of about 2,696 km, covering 25 districts in Gujarat. It is developing cross-country pipeline projects of over 4,800 km covering 9 states through its two subsidiaries, GSPL India Gasnet Ltd and GSPL India Transco Ltd.

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GAIL proposes wet waste-to-energy plant in north Bengaluru

GAIL Gas Limited (GGL) is in talks with the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to set up a Compressed BioGas (CBG) plant in north Bengaluru to utilise segregated organic wet waste.

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According to a letter from GGL, officials met BBMP Administrator Rakesh Singh and other senior officials after which they submitted a proposal on April 9. GGL will set up and operate the plant at its own cost. The plant will have a minimum capacity of processing 75 tonnes of wet waste per day (TPD). Apart from the plant, GGL will also set up and operate other infrastructure, like a CNG station and Cascades (storage system), for utilisation of the CBG.

The proposal stated that the BBMP has to provide land free of cost for the plant and related infrastructure, with guarantee to supply minimum 75 tonnes of wet waste per day. GGL is willing to increase capacity to up to 300 TPD depending on the assurance they receive from BBMP about the availability of wet waste and land for the plant. It will utilise segregated organic wet waste to produce Compressed BioGas. Vegetable, fruit peel and other kitchen waste may soon be converted into clean, green gas instead of ending up in a landfill. GGL has earlier partnered with BBMP in 2020 to provide 18 CNG-powered four-wheel dry waste collection vehicles worth ₹1 crore under CSR.

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IGX Introduces Two New Gas Trading Hubs At Dabhol & Jaigarh In Maharashtra

The Indian Gas Exchange (IGX), India’s first authorised nationwide delivery-based Gas Exchange, is pleased to commence the gas trade from the two new physical hubs – Dabhol and Jaigarh located in Maharashtra apropos receipt of the requisite approvals from the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB). Currently,

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IGX operates three gas hubs – Dahej and Hazira in Gujarat and KG Basin in Andhra Pradesh. The introduction of two new additional hubs in Maharashtra, will allow the Exchange to operate from five physical gas hubs.

The Dabhol terminal is owned by GAIL (India) Ltd and has an operational capacity of 5 MMTPA. The exit point of the terminal has been declared as the Dabhol Hub. The terminal’s current supplies are largely to the Western and Southern states through two pipelines – Dabhol-Uran-Dahej-Panvel Pipeline (DUDPL) and Dabhol-Bengaluru Pipeline (DBPL), connecting the terminal to the National Gas Grid.

H-Energy through its wholly owned subsidiary, Western Concessions Private Limited will shortly commence operations of India’s first Floating Storage and Regasification Unit based LNG terminal project at the Jaigarh Port. The Jaigarh Gas Hub is at the interconnection point of the tie-in connectivity Jaigarh-Dabhol pipeline to DUDPL located in Dabhol. Despite being closer to each other, the two new gas hubs would operate independently which will help to avoid layering up of the transportation tariff. Additionally, with the implementation of unified tariff, the customers will be able to avoid multiple tariffs for transportation of gas, further adding to gas-to-gas competition in the country.

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Indian Oil Opens 2 Compressed Natural Gas Retail Outlets In Coimbatore, 15 More To Come Up

The Indian Oil Corporation opened two retail stores in Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu) for dispensing of compressed natural gas (CNG) on Wednesday, April 21. The state-run oil refiner also plans to make the green fuel available for

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customers through 15 more such retail stores in Coimbatore in the current financial year. According to a statement released by the company, the oil refiner is building a city gate station or CGS and a steel pipeline network is being developed in various districts of Coimbatore, in order to bring piped gas connectivity to the commercial, industries, and domestic customers.

Currently, the oil company is delivering the CNG requirements in Coimbatore by bringing gas by light commercial vehicles. The connectivity through the natural gas pipeline is expected to begin by June 2021. Additionally, the company is authorised by the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board to develop and implement the city gas distribution network in Salem and Coimbatore. For the task, the state-run oil refiner will provide more than 12 lakh piped natural gas connections or PNG to the domestic households, and as many as 431 CNG stations for vehicle refilling in two districts over a period of eight years. Indian Oil is a government-run oil and gas corporation under the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. It is also the biggest commercial oil firm in the country. Indian Oil Corporation is a listed company on stock exchanges BSE and NSE. On Tuesday, April 21, share of Indian Oil settled 0.28 per cent lower at ₹ 87.85 apiece on the BSE.

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4 oil & gas PSUs exceed capex targets, spend Rs 57,000 crore in FY21

New Delhi: Indian Oil, HPCL, BPCL and GAIL spent a combined Rs 57,000 crore in 2020-21, exceeding their respective capex targets in a year lockdown curbed movement, drove away workers from project sites,

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and disrupted supply chains. State-run oil and gas companies accelerated project execution in later months, mobilizing contractors, workers, and equipment to project sites after facing a serious slowdown in the initial months of the last fiscal year due to a nationwide lockdown imposed to stem the spread of Covid.
Hindustan Petroleum Corp, which is building a 9 million tonnes a year refinery in Rajasthan, spent Rs 14,036 crore against a target of Rs 11,500 crore. Bharat Petroleum, which is in the middle of a divestment process, made a capital expenditure of Rs 10,697 crore, higher than its target of Rs 9,000 crore. GAIL, the country’s largest natural gas transporter and marketer, also beat its capex target. It spent Rs 5,560 crore against the planned expenditure of Rs 5,412 crore.
These companies have set a higher target of Rs 105,000 crore for the current year with plans to drill new oil and gas wells and build new refineries, pipelines and marketing infrastructure. Resource-rich oil companies have traditionally been big spenders.

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Policy Matters/ Gas Pricing/Others

Covid: IOC, BPCL to supply oxygen to hospitals in worst hit states

NEW DELHI: Two of the country’s largest state-run oil refiners and fuel retailers, IndianOil (IOC) and disinvestment-bound Bharat Petroleum (BPCL), have pledged to supply oxygen free of cost to hospitals

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in states worst hit by Covid-19 cases. IndianOil has begun the supply of 150 tonnes of oxygen to hospitals in Delhi, Haryana and Punjab. A company statement said the first batch of medical-grade oxygen was dispatched on Monday to Maha Durga Charitable Trust Hospital in Delhi.

In a separate statement, BPCL said it has started supplying 100 tonnes of oxygen to hospitals per month at no cost. IndianOil said it diverted the high-purity oxygen used in its mono ethylene glycol (MEG) unit to produce medical-grade liquid oxygen at its Panipat refinery and petrochemical complex in Haryana. The throughput of the unit has also been scaled down for a more critical cause.

Earlier, Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries Ltd had pledged to supply oxygen to hospitals after several states said their hospitals were running out of oxygen.

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Oil PSUs to set up 7 oxygen plants in Odisha

New Delhi: Oil and Natural Gas public sector units (PSUs), Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL), Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC), Oil India Ltd and GAIL etc are in the process of setting up

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Pressure Swing Adsorption medical oxygen generation plants at seven location in Odisha.

According to the ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, the Oil PSUs are setting up plants at 93 locations across the country to facilitate the hospitals with captive oxygen generation facilities to strengthen availability and supply of medical-grade oxygen. The ministry informed that IOCL has been tasked with removing bottlenecks in the logistics, transport and supply of medical oxygen. It is to be mentioned here that many hospitals across the country have been witnessing acute shortage of medical oxygen, which has resulted in the death of many Covid-19 patients.

The country has been recording a global high of over three lakh Covid-19 detections everyday for the last few days. In order to address the humongous challenge posed by the second wave, the Union ministry roped in the oil and gas PSUs to strengthen the public health care infrastructure.

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Gail India to set up oxygen plants in Mysuru, Chamarajanagar

MANGALURU: GAIL India Limited will set up Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) medical oxygen generation plants in Mysore and Chamarajanagar to boost the supply of oxygen for Covid-19 patients.

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This is among the 551 PSAs to be set up across the country, as announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Centre has instructed GAIL India Limited to establish 10 PSAs which include four in Uttar Pradesh, three in Madhya Pradesh, two in Karnataka and one in Rajasthan. P Murugeshan, Executive Director, GAIL India Limited, Southern Region, Bengaluru, said they received the instruction on Monday, and work will start quickly as the requirement of oxygen has surged with the rise in Covid cases. He said the new facility will probably come up in government hospitals in these places, and they are in the process of working out the specification of the plants, their capacity and other aspects.

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Indian Oil diverting its LNG tankers for transportation of liquid medical oxygen to states

New Delhi: Indian Oil is diverting its Liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers for transportation of Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) to states amid a shortage of medical oxygen in the country due to surging coronavirus cases.

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The first such tanker is loaded with an LMO supply for Patna.

The Union Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas informed further that the Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) will convert 29 unused LNG tankers into medical-grade oxygen carriers within the next week. Meanwhile, to address the shortage of oxygen tankers in the country, the Union Government today has imported 20 cryogenic tankers of 10 metric tonnes (MT) and 20 MT capacity and allocated them to States.

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LNG Development and Shipping

RIL-BP start output from second gas field

Reliance Industries and its partner BP Plc of the UK have started production from the Satellite Cluster gas field in the deepwater KG-D6 block, two months ahead of schedule.

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The Satellite Cluster is the second of the three developments to come onstream, following the start of the R Cluster in December 2020. It was scheduled to start output in mid-2021. The field is located about 60 km from the existing onshore terminal at Kakinada on the east coast of India in water depths of up to 1,850 metres.

The three clusters- R Cluster, Satellite Cluster and MJ- are together expected to produce around 30mmscmd (or 1 billion cubic feet a day) of natural gas by 2023, which will meet 15 of India’s projected demand. The MJ cluster will come on stream in the latter half of 2022. The fields will each use the existing hub infrastructure in the KG D6 block.

The field will produce gas from four reservoirs using a total of five wells and is expected to reach an output of up to 6 mmscmd. Together, the R Cluster and Satellite Cluster are expected to contribute about 20 per cent of India’s current gas production. It projected domestic gas demand to climb from 153.8 mmscmd in FY21 (April 2020 to March 2021) to 215.5 mmscmd in 2024-25.

The increase in production augments well with the government plans for raising the share of natural gas in the country’s energy basket to 15 per cent by 2030 from the current 6.2 per cent in a bid to cut emissions.

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Natural Gas / Transnational Pipelines/ Others

Shell plays down risk of stranded oil and gas reserves-UK

LONDON: Royal Dutch Shell said on Thursday, April 15 the majority of its oil and gas reserves will be produced by 2050, playing down the risk of stranded assets as it prepares to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions in

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the coming decades. The disclosure is a rare admission by a major oil and gas company that some of its reserves may be worthless in a world shifting to renewable energy from fossil fuels in an effort to stem global warming.

The Anglo-Dutch company said in a document to investors summarising its climate strategy that around 75 per cent of its proved oil and gas reserves will be produced by 2030, with an additional 3 per cent produced after 2040. Since late 2019, Shell has wiped out over $20 billion from the value of its oil and gas reserves after lowering the outlook for commodity prices because of the energy transition and the impact on demand of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Shell aims to cut its emissions from well-head to petrol stations to net zero by 2050, and has set out intermediate targets, in one of the sector’s most ambitious plans. The company said it will focus on hydrogen, biofuels and offshore wind as well as carbon-sucking technologies and planting trees, but it has yet to outline exact plans for reaching the target.

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AAA Mid-Atlantic opens its first CNG station at Philadelphia Fleet Depot

AAA Mid-Atlantic, in partnership with Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW), Air & Gas Technologies and the Eastern Pennsylvania Alliance for Clean Transportation (EPACT), has completed a time-fill CNG fueling station located

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at their Philadelphia, PA Fleet Depot. The new facility supports AAA Mid-Atlantic’s 23 CNG battery trucks via 12 time-fill hoses and is the first of its kind in AAA Club Alliance’s territory.

Designed and developed by Air and Gas Technologies, the station has a daily capacity of 450 gasoline gallon equivalents (GGE) to support AAA’s NGV fleet today and into the future. The facility compresses natural gas on-site, allowing AAA to fill up on CNG while the vehicles are parked overnight. Having access to fueling on site has eased range anxiety and saved time that was formerly spent driving to the public CNG station at the airport. Another first this station brings to the city is the company’s use of renewable natural gas. Filling the AAA’s 23 CNG trucks with biomethane offsets their carbon footprint by over 300 tons of CO2 per year over fossil natural gas, supporting Philadelphia’s 80×50 goals and promoting clean air in the communities they serve.

AAA Mid-Atlantic is a long-standing member of the Eastern Pennsylvania Alliance for Clean Transportation, a Department of Energy designated Clean Cities Coalition tasked with helping fleets switch to cleaner fuels. Through interactions with the coalition, AAA worked with fellow members PGW and Air & Gas Technologies to identify grants for the station.

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Natural gas delivery coming to communities on north shore of Lake Superior-CANADA

A collection of five municipalities on Lake Superior’s north shore have inked a deal with a compressed natural gas (CNG) distributor to bring a new source of energy to an estimated 13,000 customers by next year.

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Lakeshore Natural Gas has signed a letter of intent for a long-term gas supply agreement with Certarus for the proposed North Shore Gas Project. The agreement contracts Certarus for the transportation, storage and supply of compressed natural gas (CNG) for the five communities.

Calgary-headquartered Certarus is regarded as a North American leader in providing compressed natural gas (CNG), renewable natural gas (RNG) and hydrogen. The company has regional hubs in Northern Ontario near Timmins and Red Rock from where they supply industrial customers, like mining companies. The proposed $55-million North Shore Gas Project involves the handling, compression, delivery by truck, storage and decompression of CNG by Certarus from the company’s plant in Red Rock to delivery points in each municipality. If the project is successful in receiving all of the necessary Ontario regulatory approvals in 2021, the full roll-out of the project is proposed to take place over three years (2022 to 2024). Once the regulatory approvals and permits are in place, local distribution works will be constructed and operated in each of the five municipalities to deliver natural gas to customers.

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Madrid continues removal of diesel bus fleet, ordered 520 NGVs & 50 EVs-SPAIN

The Municipal Transport Company (EMT) of Madrid announced the acquisition of 520 new natural gas buses for 2021, 2022 and 2023, as well as of 50 new electric buses. With an investment of 177 million euros,

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these acquisitions will allow the municipal company’s most polluting fleet to be withdrawn from circulation. As announced by the City Council in December, as of January 2023 the EMT will no longer provide service with diesel buses and its entire fleet will be made up of electric, natural gas and hybrid vehicles.

After the award of the tender, the delivery of these 520 NGVs will take place in three years: the first 190 buses of this purchase will arrive in 2021, in 2022 another 200 will be added and in 2023 another 130 vehicles will be received. This delivery schedule will allow the removal of 383 diesel buses that the municipal company currently has.

EMT’s bus fleet is one of the most modern in Europe, with an average age of 5.75 years and vehicles that incorporate the latest technological advances in terms of safety, comfort, environmental requirements and universal accessibility.

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Global LNG Development

Gas utilities told to cooperate with developers of LNG terminals-PAKISTAN

ISLAMABAD: The government has ordered the Sui Southern Gas Company Limited (SSGCL) and Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) to hold weekly meetings with the developers of two upcoming liquefied natural gas (LNG)

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terminals to remove impediments, besides immediate handover of the possession of land for tie-in facilities near Pakistan Steel Mills, it emerged on Sunday, April 18. This is the crux of a compliance report submitted by an inter-ministerial committee led by Minister for Maritime Affairs Ali Zaidi and special assistant to the prime minister on power and petroleum to the Cabinet Committee on Energy (CCoE) on April 15 on the instructions of the federal cabinet.

The Ministry of Maritime Affairs in collaboration with Petroleum Division facilitated the new LNG terminal developers in securing NOCs from various ministries and departments for expeditious completion of new LNG terminals, the report stated. The Ministry of Industries and PSM put on record that 11 acres of land had already been given to the SSGC in 2016. For additional land, the Ministry of Industries and PSM had no reservations, as the SSGC had not deposited a lease amount to the PSM for the past six years with the result that the two entities failed to ink a lease agreement.

Former PM’s aide on petroleum Nadeem Babar also had committed Pakistan GasPort would within six months run on 750mmcfd at peak times while Engro terminal would be inducting a large ship in October that would extend its capacity to 900mmcfd. Therefore, there would be about 300-400mmcfd of additional terminal capacity at the existing two terminals. But the supply of 150mmcfd RLNG to KE was necessary for its upcoming plant, with the result that SSGCL would have to augment its system by September to accommodate bigger RLNG vessels and additional RLNG.

Interestingly, the government has created over Rs250bn worth of circular debt in the gas sector due to diversion of heavy RLNG quantities to the residential sector, where about 80pc consumers are paying subsidised gas prices of Rs121 to Rs600 per unit against the imported price of Rs1,200 to Rs1,600 per unit for LNG.

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China Gas plans $1.5 bln share sale for gas projects, business development- HONG KONG

HONG KONG: China Gas Holdings Ltd plans the sale of HK$11.66 billion ($1.50 billion) worth of new shares to major shareholders, to raise capital for gas projects and expansion. It plans to acquire city gas projects in China,

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and expand and develop liquefied petroleum gas and distribution heating businesses.

The gas services provider has agreed to sell 392 million new shares, or 6.99% of the enlarged share capital, to shareholders Beijing Enterprises Holdings Ltd and China Gas Group Ltd, it said in a filing to the Hong Kong bourse on Thursday, April  22 . The new shares will be issued at HK$29.75 apiece, representing a 9% discount to Wednesday’s close of HK$32.70. The shareholders will buy the new shares on completion of sales of the same amount of existing shares at the same price to third party investors.

Beijing Enterprises’ stake in China Gas will be diluted to 22.11% following the deal, from 23.77%, while China Gas Group’s stake will be reduced to 13.69% from 14.71%. UBS AG and Goldman Sachs (Asia) are the placing agents. ($1 = 7.7629 Hong Kong dollars)

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Denmark’s first LNG truck station will be completed this year

In collaboration with KC LNG (a part of MAKEEN Energy), Q8 is building Denmark’s first ever refueling station for trucks running on LNG. This ambitious project will lead to a greener road transport sector –

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and it is a decisive step towards a CO2 neutral future. To start, truck drivers will fill their tanks with LNG at the station, but eventually, Q8 will offer 100% fossil-free bio-LNG. The facility, expected to be ready at the end of 2021, will be the first of its kind in Denmark.

The new station, which will be able to accommodate all types of trucks, will be located at Q8’s IDS station in the Danish city Padborg, right next to a major highway and the border to Germany. Padborg is one of Europe’s busiest transport hubs, and over 7,000 trucks make their way here each day, which will make the station a key junction for the transport of goods between Scandinavia and the rest of Europe.

The station in Padborg will be fully automatic, requiring no operator – the truck driver can fill up his own tank in just a few minutes. The technical solution will be delivered in collaboration with the Dutch company LIQAL. KC LNG will deliver the station as a turnkey project, handling everything from project management to civil works and installation. The facility will also be delivered with an advanced online surveillance system that maximizes safety and user experience.

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Natural Gas / LNG Utilization

IVECO & Plus will build autonomous driving trucks powered by LNG- USA

IVECO and Silicon Valley-based Plus, a global self-driving truck technology company, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to jointly develop autonomous trucks that will be deployed across Europe,

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China, and other geographies. Both companies will integrate IVECO’s latest-generation S-WAY heavy-duty truck with the PlusDrive full-stack autonomous driving system.

The partners will also explore using IVECO’s LNG engine system to power the jointly developed autonomous trucks. LNG-powered S-WAY trucks not only significantly reduce carbon emissions, but also reduce unladen weight and therefore increase payload capacity. This alliance combines IVECO’s expertise in heavy-duty truck development, manufacturing, and sales with Plus’s cutting-edge autonomous driving technology to bring safe, fuel efficient, scalable, and sustainable self-driving trucks to market quickly.

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Norway’s Hydro to buy LNG for Brazil plant

OSLO: Norwegian metals maker Norsk Hydro said on Friday, April 16 it has struck a preliminary deal with New Fortress Energy to buy liquefied natural gas (LNG) for its Alunorte alumina refinery in

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Brazil, switching the energy source from fuel oil. Supply of LNG by the US-based energy company to the Barcarena municipality is expected to start in 2022 under a 15-year deal, according to Hydro.

The terminal will also give access to natural gas for other industries and consumers in the region. Finalisation of the LNG supply deal is subject to reaching commercial agreements and final documentation between the parties, Hydro said.

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U.S. Amazon’s fleet will refuel low & negative carbon biogas at 15 states-USA

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has signed an agreement with Amazon to provide low and negative carbon renewable natural gas. The fuel will be supplied at 27 existing Clean Energy fueling stations and another

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19 non-exclusive new or upgraded Clean Energy-owned stations that the company expects to be constructed by the end of the year. The new and existing facilities will provide biomethane in 15 different states.

Amazon announced earlier this year that it had ordered more than 700 class 6 and class 8 trucks running on CNG as it tests ways to shift its U.S. fleet away from heavier polluting vehicles.

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53% of US NGV fuel in 2020 was RNG-USA

53% of all on-road fuel used in natural gas vehicles in 2020 was renewable natural gas (RNG), according to new figures. Natural Gas Vehicles for America (NGVAmerica) and the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition) reported that RNG as a transport fuel grew by 25% over 2019 volumes, increasing 267% over the last five years.

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The organisations report that in 2020, a total of 646 million gallons of natural gas were used as motor fuel. Of that, 345 million gallons were from renewable sources.

Captured from organic material in agricultural, wastewater, landfill, or food waste, RNG can produce carbon-negative results when fuelling on-road vehicles like short- and long-haul trucks, transit buses, and refuse and recycling collection vehicles. The California Air Resources Board’s Q3 2020 data confirms the energy weighted carbon intensity (CI) value of California’s RNG vehicle fuel portfolio in its Low Carbon Fuel Standard programme is carbon negative and below zero at -17.95 gCO2e/MJ.

RNG used as a motor fuel in 2020 displaced 3.5 million tons of CO2 equivalent, according to the groups. Put into perspective, it lowered greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, equivalent to removing the GHG from nearly 8.8 billion miles driven by the average passenger car.

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Argentina: Mendoza’s transit agency plans to buy 30 Scania CNG buses

Sociedad de Transporte de Mendoza (STM), a sole proprietorship with state participation that manages the urban passenger network of the City of Mendoza and Greater Mendoza, tested a Scania natural gas bus of the Green Efficiency line

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for two months under real operating conditions. Based on the results obtained in terms of costs and environment, the company evaluates adding 30 buses to its fleet during 2021 and, in the medium term, replacing 100% of its diesel fleet with CNG buses.

The bus traveled 8,000 kilometers during the tests and carried 5,000 passengers. Once the unit was commissioned, through the collaboration between STM, Scania and the AVC dealer, the bus served 16 hours a day on two routes, of 230 and 285 kilometers, respectively. According to the figures recorded in that period, the annual fuel savings of each bus, compared to diesel vehicles, will be around USD15,000.

The passenger transport company owns 88 vehicles. Of these, nine are two-car electric trams, 18 are electric buses and the remaining 61 are diesel-fueled buses. According to the president of STM, the high maintenance and replacement values ​​of electric vehicles and the range capacity make their use difficult.

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LNG as a Marine Fuel/Shipping

PETRONAS Strengthens Malaysia’s Position As LNG ISO Tank Hub-MALAYSIA

PETRONAS LNG Ltd. has commenced the export of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to China in ISO tanks from its filling facility in Pengerang, Johor. The maiden shipment of LNG ISO tanks has been safely delivered to Shanghai from

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Pasir Gudang Port of Johor on 23 April 2021, following a spot contract signed between PETRONAS and Tiger Gas (Hong Kong) Ltd, an affiliate of Tiger Clean Energy Limited (TCEL). PETRONAS has commenced the export of LNG to China in ISO tanks from its filling facility in Pengerang, Johor.

With the operation of PETRONAS’ ISO tank filling facility at Pengerang, Malaysia is now poised to strengthen its position as an LNG ISO tank export hub, with filling facilities in West and East Malaysia that provide customers with an alternative and reliable LNG solution.

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BHP completes its first refuelling of a ship with biofuel-SINGAPORE

BHP Group Ltd said on Thursday, April 15 it completed its first refuelling of a ship with biofuel this month in a trial run that is part of its efforts to reduce carbon emissions.

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It was also the first time that a ship has been refuelled with biofuel in Singapore, the world’s largest bunkering hub.

A biofuel blend derived from certified sustainable feedstock sources such as cooking oil, crude tall oil and sewage sludge was used on April 4 to refuel the 81,000 deadweight tonne dry bulk carrier Kira Oldendorff which was on its way from Australia to Europe. The mining giant is exploring the use of bunker fuels such as liquefied natural gas and biofuels to replace fuel oil, aiming to reduce carbon emissions by 40% when shipping its products as part of the company’s climate change goals for 2030.

The shipping industry is examining a range of technologies as it looks to meet an International Maritime Organization target of a 50% reduction in overall greenhouse gas emissions from 2008 levels by 2050. The biofuel was supplied by Netherlands-based GoodFuels in partnership with German shipping group Oldendorff Carriers and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore.

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Motril joins group of Spanish ports that is offering LNG as shipping fuel-SPAIN

The Port of Motril is working to reduce the carbon footprint of its industrial activity, and a few days ago it joined the group of Spanish ports that supplies LNG as marine fuel.

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This is the case of Baleària’s Hypatia de Alejandría ferry that uses this fuel to make the trip to Melilla and during its stay in the port.

For LNG bunkering, both the port and Baleària had to develop a series of protocols and obtain different licenses related to the use of natural gas. Since the Hypatia de Alejandría makes a short stopover at the Port of Motril, the shipping company had to coordinate its operations for the embarkation and disembarkation of vehicles and passengers in order to refuel LNG, which can take approximately an hour and a half.

LNG reduces CO2 emissions by 30% and NOx emissions by 80%. Furthermore, as it is a high-performance fuel, the noise it emits is practically imperceptible, thereby improving the acoustic and air quality in the surroundings of the port neighborhoods. Spain carried out a total of 741 LNG bunkering operations in 2020, which has represented a four-fold increase in those completed in the previous year.

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Pavilion Energy Imports Carbon Neutral LNG Cargo-SINGAPORE

Pavilion Energy Singapore Pte. Ltd. has announced that it has imported a carbon neutral LNG cargo into Singapore, a first for the company and the country, Pavilion Energy highlighted.

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Carbon emissions associated with the LNG cargo from well to tank – including the extraction, production, transportation, and regasification – will be offset by retiring a corresponding amount of carbon credits sourced from the company’s portfolio of carbon offset projects, Pavilion Energy revealed.

A wholly owned subsidiary of Temasek, Pavilion Energy, which is headquartered in Singapore, conducts natural gas supply and marketing activities in southeast Asia and Europe, and global LNG trading, shipping, and optimization activities, according to its website.

In February this year, Pavilion Energy Trading & Supply Pte. Ltd. and Chevron U.S.A. Inc (Singapore Branch) signed a six year LNG sale and purchase agreement for the supply of approximately 0.5 million tons of LNG per year to Singapore from 2023. To promote increased sustainability and transparency in the LNG value chain, each LNG cargo delivered under the agreement will be accompanied by a statement of its greenhouse gas emissions measured from wellhead to discharge port, Pavilion Energy noted.

In November 2020, Pavilion Energy Trading & Supply Pte. Ltd. and QP Trading LLC  signed a ten year LNG sale and purchase agreement for the supply of up to 1.8 million tons of LNG per year to Singapore from 2023. Each LNG cargo delivered under this agreement will also be accompanied by a statement of its greenhouse gas emissions measured from well to discharge port.

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Technological Development for Cleaner and Greener Environment Hydrogen & Bio-Methane

Minister of Transport supports integration of cleaner fuels-ARGENTINA

The Minister of Transportation of the Nation Mario Meoni visited Agrale Argentina’s industrial plant located in Mercedes, Province of Buenos Aires, to continue coordinating a work agenda with the public-private articulation

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that allows the generation of new jobs, the consolidation of measures with a gender and diversity perspective, and sustainability with clean propulsion technologies and fuels that prioritize protecting the environment. Within the Transport Modernization Plan, which includes investments from the National State and permanent dialogue with the entire sector, the meeting of Meoni with the directors of Agrale Argentina, Ignacio Armendariz and Leonardo Moroziuk, had as its main objective to advance public-private coordination related to the incorporation of clean drive technologies, with CNG and 100% biodiesel buses, and the analysis of the various projects for the implementation of electric buses and the benefits that this decision entails for sustainability and environment protection.The Argentine government, through the Ministry of Transportation, has as one of the main management axes the incorporation of a work agenda that prioritizes the protection of the environment in each measure for the sector. That is why Meoni permanently visits plants and factories to dialogue and articulate with all transport areas in the development of tools through technology to consolidate sustainability and the generation of new jobs.

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Oil and gas industry leaders in hydrogen and carbon capture-AUSTRALIA

Australia’s peak body for the oil and gas industry on Monday, April 19 announced $539.2 million in new hydrogen and carbon capture, use and storage projects by the Morrison Government is a massive boost for the industry

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and will help to further cut Australia’s emissions. APPEA Chief Executive Andrew McConville said many of the association’s members are already at the forefront of hydrogen development and carbon capture solutions and this announcement will help accelerate development.

Australia’s LNG export success means the Australian upstream oil and gas industry has the technology, expertise, commercial and trade relationships to make, in particular, hydrogen exports a reality. Developing a local hydrogen industry could enable lower emissions both in Australia and internationally, reduce energy costs, deliver energy security, together with new employment and manufacturing opportunities.

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HAM pioneers project to develop & sell biomethane for vehicles in Spain

HAM Group has developed the first 100% biomethane for vehicles project in Spain, which will allow customers to enjoy biofuel at the company’s service stations. The project starts from the biogas generated in an anaerobic co-digestion plant.

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The waste comes from the agri-food industry and from a cattle farm, located in the Farm Mas Jonquer de Vilanant, Girona. The biogas plant is owned by Apergas, a company dedicated to the engineering, development and operation of biogas plants.

HAM, taking advantage of the availability of bio-CNG at source, will also install a dispenser in Vilanant, which will allow vehicles in the area to be refueled, reinforcing the station network, made up of more than 80 points of CNG and LNG. With this new project, HAM Group wants to offer a comprehensive solution to all those customers who have biogas, but do not have a gas pipeline, since the company takes care of upgrading, compression, the virtual pipeline and the sale of biomethane at their service stations.

With extensive experience in numerous technological sectors, FNX Liquid Natural Gas is an expert in the design, manufacture and installation of natural gas plants & upgrading, in a modular format. It has its own manufacturing facilities in the Basque Country, where all products are developed and subjected to high quality standards before they are delivered.

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Shell to trial first hydrogen fuel cells for ships in Singapore

Shell is carrying out a feasibility study with partners to trial the use of hydrogen fuel cells for ships in Singapore, the first such move for the supermajor and the Southeast Asian city state.

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If successful, the trial will pave the way for cleaner, hydrogen-powered shipping, the company said on Wednesday, April 21, adding that its analysis points to hydrogen with fuel cells as the zero-emissions technology that has the greatest potential to help the shipping sector hit net-zero emissions by 2050. Fuel cells can operate currently using liquefied natural gas (LNG). The trial will involve the development and installation of an auxiliary power unit fuel cell on an existing roll-on/roll-off vessel that transports goods, vehicles and equipment on lorries between Singapore and Shell’s 500,000 barrels per day Pulau Bukom refinery on one of the city state’s outlying islandsA roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) vessel is a cargo ship designed to carry wheeled cargo such as cars, which are driven on and off the ship on their own wheels.

Shell will charter the trial ship and provide the hydrogen fuel. It is also working with Singapore shipbuilder SembCorp Marine and its unit LMG Marin, which will design the fuel cell and retrofit the vessel, owned by Singapore’s Penguin International. Shell in November last year outlined a 10-year plan to cut its carbon dioxide emissions in Singapore by about a third within a decade. And it outlined plans in February to cut its global net carbon intensity by 6-8% by 2023, 20% by 2030 and 45% by 2035, all compared with 2016 levels. Shell has said it wants to become a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050.

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Australian Government announces $500m hydrogen hub and carbon capture package to support greenhouse targets

Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Wednesday, 21 April, his government would pledge $275.5 million to accelerate the development of four clean hydrogen hubs in regional Australia over the next five years and $263.7 million

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for carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects over the next decade. The funding will be confirmed in next month’s federal budget and builds on investments promised last year of $70.2 million over five years for one hydrogen hub and $50 million for CCS. Mr Biden is asking participant nations to make greater commitments to reducing greenhouse gas emissions this decade, providing the best chance for the world to meet goals set in the Paris Agreement.

The US and Japan are expected to announce targets to roughly halve their emissions by 2030, while the UK earlier this week committed to a 78% cut below 1990 emissions levels by 2035. The CCS process involves capturing emissions from power stations and factories – such as cement or steel – transporting the emissions and then storing them in the ground. The alternative is to extract hydrogen from water using renewably-generated electricity where the only by-product is environmentally-safe oxygen.

Global Energy Ventures is developing an energy-efficient, zero emissions solution primarily  for the compressed transport of green hydrogen. Its proprietary C-H2 ship is designed to store 2,000 tonnes of hydrogen at an operating pressure of 250 bar. A recent scoping study demonstrated the ship would serve as a competitive large-scale marine hydrogen transport solution up to 4,500 nautical miles.

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United Kingdom: Gasrec expands biomethane refueling infrastructure

Gasrec has completed the acquisition of five bio-LNG refueling stations and four cryogenic trailers, following the withdrawal of another supplier in the LNG UK road transport market.

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This investment reinforces the company’s commitment to helping operators transition from diesel to a cleaner and lower cost fuel. Over the past two years, Gasrec has seen a huge spike in demand, with the company now supplying approximately seven times more biomethane to fleets than at the start of 2019.

The five refueling stations – similar in size to the skid-mounted facility Gasrec installed at Gregory Distribution’s Cullompton depot earlier this year – will now undergo refurbishment and upgrade work before being deployed as Gasrec facilities to sites across the country.

The four tri-axle tankers, which can each carry` u -LNG, will join Gasrec’s three existing trailers in service. Two further tankers are currently in build for Gasrec and due for delivery later this year – with more planned to follow early in 2022.

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