NGS’ NG/LNG SNAPSHOT – Sept 1-15, 2023

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City Gas Distribution & Auto LPG

GAIL Gas inaugurates 100th CNG station on Bengaluru’s Tumakuru Road

This daughter booster station — with a capacity of pumping out over 6,000 kg of CNG daily — joins 37 daughter booster stations, 29 daughter stations, and 33 online stations to complete the network of 100 stations in the city.


GAIL Gas Limited inaugurated its 100th Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) station at the Sri Lakshmi Venkateshwara fuel station, Makali village, Tumakuru Road, on Thursday.

This daughter booster station — with a capacity of pumping out over 6,000 kg of CNG daily — joins 37 daughter booster stations, 29 daughter stations, and 33 online stations to complete the network of 100 stations in the city.

This network includes company owned and operated stations, dealer-owned and operated stations, and retail outlets collaborating with oil marketing companies. Speaking to DH, Hirdesh Kumar, chief general manager, GAIL Gas, Bengaluru, expressed hope for greater adoption of CNG in the city and state. “We are focusing on increasing sales and adoption of CNG with the vision of seeing CNG being used in Bengaluru just as it is in New Delhi or Mumbai,” he said.The chief minister, in his budget speech, had mentioned the development of a ‘City Gas Distribution Policy’ to facilitate the distribution network of natural gas in the state.

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PMPML to increase number of CNG buses in fleet due to its cost-effectiveness

PUNE: In the fleet of Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) buses, it has been observed that operating Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses is 20 percent more cost-effective compared to electric buses (e-buses). 


The cost per kilometer for an e-bus is Rs 102, while a CNG bus costs Rs 85 per kilometer. This cost advantage is likely to lead to an increase in the number of CNG buses in the future, resulting in reduced transportation expenses.

Consequently, there may be a need to pause the procurement of e-buses in order to maintain a balanced fleet. According to the e-bus policy of the central government, 30 percent of the buses operated by the passenger service organization must be electric by 2030. As per the information provided, PMPML achieved this target in 2023.

Currently, 32 percent of the PMPML fleet consists of e-buses. Even if no new e-buses are added in the next seven years, the organization can continue its operations without any disruptions. However, PMPML has recently faced challenges due to the charging patterns of e-buses, which have been deliberately planned. Currently, all 458 e-buses in the fleet are owned by contractors. The operating costs of e-buses exceed the revenue generated from their transportation services. Additionally, the time required for charging and the cancellation of trips during peak afternoon hours have significantly affected passenger services.

The contractors, with their large number of buses, have established a virtual monopoly within PMPML. To address these issues and reduce transportation costs, PMPML intends to expand its CNG bus fleet while adjusting the number of e-buses accordingly. For the past 16 months, 192 buses have been idle due to the unavailability of e-bus batteries, with no clear timeline on when they will become available. Charging e-buses is a time-consuming process, taking five hours for AC chargers and two hours and 30 minutes for DC chargers.

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GAIL Gas commences PNG supply to industrial customers in Jharkhand’s Seraikela-Kharswan district

Jamshedpur: GAIL Gas Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of GAIL (India) Limited, has commenced Piped Natural Gas (PNG) supply to its industrial customers in Adityapur under Seraikela-Kharswan district on Wednesday, an official statement said. GAIL Gas Limited has commenced supplying PNG to its first industrial customer M/s Omni Auto Limited in Adityapur Industrial Area, Phase 7, the statement said.Over 550 industrial units operate in Adityapur-Gamariah industrial area and five industrial houses have already signed agreement to avail the facility while some others have lined up for it.Natural Gas is a versatile fuel which is gaining immense popularity for industrial usages.


A broad range of industries like chemicals, food processing, engineering goods, power generation, glass industries, etc, are using industrial PNG.GAIL Gas has laid about 300 km of pipeline network in Adityapur-Gamaharia area and has been supplying gas to domestic customers in Adityapur-Gamharia areas.The company has also commissioned eight CNG stations in Adityapur, Kandra Seraikela, NH-33 in Seraikela-Kharswan and West Singhbhum districts and are planning to add more.GAIL Gas Limited has been implementing City Gas Distribution Project in Saraikela-Kharsawan and West Singhbhum District.

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Natural Gas/ Pipelines/ Company News


Deepak Fertilisers Signs Two Gas Purchase Agreement with GAIL

The time period associated with the orders/contract will be approximately three years, effective from September 1, 2023. Deepak Fertilisers Limited on Friday announced that it has signed Two Gas Purchase Agreement with GAIL (India) Limited, the company announced through an exchange filing.


The Company said through the filing that it’s total Gas requirements for the next three years have been tied up with a gas basket consisting of a combination of Brent, HH and domestic linked, to give a risk-mitigated basket.

Time period

The time period associated with the orders/contract will be approximately three years, effective from September 1, 2023.

Commercial consideration or size of the orders/contract

The HH index linked contract for supply of 10.15 million MMBTU of Natural Gas (NG) over an approximately 3 years period. The gas contract is for the supply of 5.82 million MMBTU of Natural Gas (NG) over an approximately 3-year period, in accordance with the GOI domestic gas policy.

Deepak Fertilisers Limited shares

The shares of Deepak Fertilisers Limited on Friday at 3:30pm IST were at Rs 604.00, down by 0.47 percent.

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Policy Matters/ Gas Pricing/ Others

Government Hikes Domestic Natural Gas Price To $8.60 Per MBtu For September

The notification said that the price from the nomination fields of both the Oil PSUs (ONGC and Oil India Limited) will be subject to a ceiling of $6.50 per mBtu Government hikes Domestic Natural Gas price: The central government, on Thursday, increased the price of domestic natural gas for September to $8.60 per million British thermal units from $7.85/mBtu in August, according to a notification by Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell.


“In accordance with MoPNG’s notification…dated 7th April 2023, the price of Domestic Natural Gas for the period 1st September 2023 to 30th September 2023 is notified as $8.60 per MMBTU on Gross Calorific Value,” said Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell.

Furthermore, the notification said that the price from the nomination fields of both the Oil PSUs (ONGC and Oil India Limited) will be subject to a ceiling of $6.50 per mBtu, which remains unchanged from August.

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8-year permit ban ends, TN bets on CNG autos to reduce pollution

CHENNAI:  The eight-year ban on issuing permits for new autorickshaws has come to an end in Tamil Nadu. The state transport department has decided to allow the registration of autorickshaws that run on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG).


Sources, however, indicated that the restriction on registering new petrol and diesel autorickshaws may continue. Responding to a request from the industries, investment promotions, and commerce department, the state transport commissioner has instructed the Regional Transport Offices (RTOs) to grant waivers for registering CNG vehicles within the closed permit system.

“As of now, registration of CNG autos is banned in a few districts. All regional transport authorities are requested to grant contract carriage permits without any restrictions for both new and replacement CNG autos,” transport commissioner A Shanmuga Sundaram said in his directive.

The state industries department has sought relaxation in issuance of permits for CNG autos based on a request from the Indian Oil Corporation Limited, Sundaram said. No new permit was issued for autos since January 1st, 2015, due to shortage of parking space and traffic congestion. But conversion of petrol or diesel autos to LPG or CNG-fuelled ones was allowed. As of July 1, Tamil Nadu had 3.07 lakh autos. Also, RTOs have been directed to simplify the registration process for CNG vehicles. This policy change is to promote environment-friendly fuels and reduce air pollution, said officials.  

CNG is 30% cheaper than petrol or diesel: IOCL official

Currently, eight companies, including IOCL, IRM Energy, Torrent Gas and Adani Total Gas, operate 226 CNG retail stations in Tamil Nadu. Indian Oil has earmarked 11 districts — Coimbatore, Salem, Dharmapuri, Theni, Tenkasi, Krishnagiri, Madurai, Virudhunagar, Kanniyakumari, Tirunelveli, and Thoothukudi — for CNG retail sale through fuel outlets.

According to IOCL sources, pipeline installation for supplying CNG in Chennai, Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram, and most other parts of Tamil Nadu has been completed. “CNG is 30% more cost-effective than petrol and diesel. We have planned to establish 100 CNG retail fuel stations throughout the state in the next few years,” another IOCL official said.

The cost of installing the kit to convert petrol/diesel autos into CNG vehicles ranges from Rs 25,000 to Rs 40,000. “Drivers can recover this investment within six months and enjoy more rides without increasing their fuel expense,” the officer said. While one kg of CNG costs Rs 79 to Rs 80 in Chennai, a litre of petrol costs `102.63.

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PNGRB discusses plans to bring CNG and piped natural gas to Kashmir

Dr. A K Jain, Chairperson, the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB), yesterday called on Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and discussed the plans to bring CNG and piped natural gas to households in the Kashmir Valley.


The Lt Governor was apprised of the Board’s action plan to award the licenses to set-up CNG stations and to connect homes while PNGRB is also envisaging a gas pipeline from Jammu to Srinagar.

The Lt Governor assured the PNGRB leadership of due consideration of the issues and suggestions to preserve the clean environment of the Union Territory through the increased use of natural gas and to offer more fuel choices to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

It was informed by PNGRB that Jammu area has already been largely covered by natural gas. Gajendra Singh, Member, Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board was also present on the occasion.

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Puducherry government drafts policy for natural gas distribution

PUDUCHERRY: The UT government has come out with a draft “Puducherry City Gas Distribution Policy 2023” (PCGDP) on Wednesday, as part of providing piped gas to households and commercial units. The Industries and Commerce Department has invited suggestions on this draft from the public to frame the policy.


The objective of this policy is to promote the use of Piped Natural Gas (PNG) in households and commercial places; Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) as transportation fuel; and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in fishing vessels and boats, noted an official release.

The central government is also keen on utilising domestically produced natural gas in the form of LNG which is cheaper than imported natural gas. This includes converting diesel generators (in telecom service towers) to natural gas generators.

The Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) under the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MoPNG), has assigned four City Gas Distribution entities, one each for the four regions in the UT, for the development of natural gas infrastructure. The estimated cost of developing the network is around Rs 700 crore. The CGD entities are bound to complete the project in the span of eight years from the date of approval from PNGRB.

The cost of fuel will be reduced by around 40%, Industries Secretary P Jawahar told TNIE. However, laying of the pipeline will involve civil works around 1,000 km, which would be done in phases, he added.

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LNG Use / LNG Development and Shipping

After lecturing India on Russian oil purchases, EU imports record volumes of LNG from Russia

Despite aiming to reduce its reliance on Russian fossil fuels by 2027, the European Union (EU) is projected to import record volumes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Russia this year. This comes as the European block has been lecturing India over the past year on its oil purchases from Russia and also sought ban on Indian products made from Russian oil.


Global Witness, a nongovernment organisation, analysed industry data and found that Belgium and Spain were the second and third-largest buyers of Russian LNG, respectively, after China in the first seven months of the year.

Between January and July of this year, EU imports of super-chilled LNG increased by 40 per cent compared to the same period in 2021.

It is important to note that this increase is from a low base, as the EU had minimal LNG imports prior to the war in Ukraine due to its reliance on piped gas from Russia.

The EU’s reliance on Russian LNG has grown despite its efforts to diversify its energy sources.

According to Global Witness, the increase in imports of Russian LNG by the European Union (EU) is much higher than the global average. While the global increase was 6 percent, the EU saw a sharper rise.

Based on data from industry analytics company Kpler, the analysis conducted by Global Witness reveals that the EU is currently importing around 1.7 percent more Russian LNG compared to the previous record high in imports last year.

The cost of the LNG imported by the EU from January to July, at spot market prices, amounted to 5.29 billion euros, according to Global Witness.

Jonathan Noronha-Gant, senior fossil fuel campaigner at Global Witness, expressed concern over the EU’s shift from piped Russian fossil gas to LNG.

“It doesn’t matter if it comes from a pipeline or a boat — it still means European companies are sending billions to [Vladimir] Putin’s war chest,” Jonathan was quoted as saying by The Financial Times.

Most of the Russian volumes come from the Yamal LNG joint venture, which is majority-owned by the Russian company Novatek.

France’s TotalEnergies, China’s CNPC, and a Chinese state fund also hold stakes in the venture. Although the venture is exempt from export duties, it is still subject to income tax.

The import levels not only result in billions of euros in revenues going to Russia, but also leave the EU vulnerable to any sudden decision by the Kremlin to cut supplies, as seen with piped gas last year.

According to Alex Froley, a senior LNG analyst at consultancy ICIS, “long-term buyers in Europe say they will keep taking contracted volumes unless it is banned by politicians”.

Analysts have stated that Spain’s utility Naturgy and France’s Total have ongoing contracts for significant quantities of Russian LNG.

It should be noted that EU has over the past year criticised India for importing Russian crude oil and then shipping derived products to Europe, which they allege indirectly fuel Putin’s war in Ukraine.

Earlier on Saturday (28 August), the EU again voiced concerns over the “rapid” rise in refined petroleum products made from Russian crude oil in India finding its way to the European market, saying it defies the purpose of the sanctions against Moscow that are aimed at reducing its ability to finance the war with Ukraine.

Speaking to the reporters during his visit to India, Valdis Dombrovskis, Executive Vice-President and Commissioner for Trade of the European Union, said that oil products refined from Russian crude oil are entering the European market in “large quantities” and the organisation is looking into solutions.

The EU Vice President also accused Russia of using its energy supplies, and food as “tools” of “war and manipulation” to continue its attack on Ukraine.

In a bid to limit Moscow’s capacity to fund the conflict in Ukraine, the Western powers have imposed a number of sanctions on Moscow since Russia invaded Ukraine in February of last year, including a price ceiling on Russian oil by G7- plus nations.

“We are obviously aware that a number of countries, including China and India have not joined those sanctions. We are aware that Russia is actively seeking alternative markets for the lost European market,” Dombrovskis said.

The EU trade commissioner said this while asked about India’s increasing trade relations with Russia, especially its procurement of discounted Russian crude oil.

“We indeed see new trade patterns emerging. Those are some issues which are also the new developments which we are currently assessing. For example, what we see is now a rapid increase of refined oil products, so to say, imports in the EU from India,” he said.

“But if they are made with Russian oil, in a sense it defies the purpose which we are putting in front of us as the EU, as a Western democratic world, to reduce Russia’s ability to wage the civil war,” he said.

“So this is something which will provide some reflection on that,” the top EU trade official added.

Earlier this year, EU Foreign Policy chief Josep Borrell has also called for fo action on imports of Indian-refined oil with Russian origins. 

“If diesel or gasoline is entering Europe . . . coming from India and being produced with Russian oil, that is certainly a circumvention of sanctions and member states have to take measures,” Borrell was quoted as saying by the Financial Times

In response, India’s Minister for External had said, “My understanding of the (EU) Council regulations is that Russian crude is substantially transformed in a third country then it is not treated as Russian anymore. I would urge you to look at Council’s Regulation 833/2014″.

“There is, I think, no doubt about the legal basis of the sanctions,” he said.

The minister further added that Europe has managed to reduce its imports while doing it in a manner that is comfortable.

“If at a (per capita income) of €60,000, you are so caring about your population, I have a population of $2,000. I also need energy, and I am not in a position to pay high prices for oil,” he said.

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Maharashtra: MSRTC embarks on green plan, 5,000 buses to run on LNG

Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC), which has one of India’s largest bus fleets, has embarked on an ambitious green-energy programme under which 5,000 of its buses will run on liquified natural gas (LNG). The MSRTC has invited bids this month for companies who can pull off this feat effectively.


A senior official said that the idea is to get certification for 10 different models of existing high-speed diesel buses to be retrofitted with LNG kits. The project includes installation of the equipment and supplying LNG to them along with providing a comprehensive warranty for each lot of buses with at least 50 per depot. A list of 82 depots has been short-listed for the project. “The ten-year project also includes making provisions for and setting up LNG setup supply arrangements at respective locations to be kept ready before deployment of converted buses. An approximate space of 40×40 metres will be made available for building LNG-dispensing stations in bus depots,” he added.

“We are positive about the project. The successful bidder will have to make the facility available at the depot level,” MSRTC managing director and vice-chairman Shekhar Channe told mid-day.

Industry experts said that LNG as a transit fuel is more economical than CNG. “Buses using LNG can ferry a heavy load at low costs and they can travel up to 600-700 km on a single tank refill, which is up to 2.5 times more than CNG buses. Also, they emit fewer greenhouse gases and pollutants than traditional fuels like diesel,” an expert said.

The MSRTC has over 17,000 buses and operates approximately 85,000 bus trips daily with more than 65 lakh passengers, on an average, availing themselves of its services daily. 

Paresh Rawal, public policy (transport) expert, said, “The plan to shift some part of the fleet to LNG is indeed promising. Procurement of LNG is one of the key green fuel and energy security plans for India as a country as we have recently signed a $7-9 billion deal with the UAE to import the gas for the next 14 years, starting 2026.”

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Electric Mobility/ Hydrogen/Bio-Methane

L&T to chart strategy detour in green hydrogen journey

Engineering conglomerate Larsen & Toubro (L&T) will explore green hydrogen prospects in India under the asset ownership model, officials said, a detour from its policy of staying assetlight. For its entry in the green hydrogen segment, L& T has diverted from its usual strategy on two counts.


One, it has opted for an asset ownership and operatorship model and second, it has decided to house all its green energy interests under a subsidiary.

Company executives said, the JV was aimed at addressing buildownoperate prospects and the subsidiary model will allow the scope for financial partners at a later stage, if needed.

Last week, L& T formed a joint venture (JV) company named GH4India Private Limited, along with Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) and Renew, with an interest of 33.33 per cent each.

In its announcement, L& T said the JV is for the development of green hydrogen and its derivatives, production assets and associated renewable assets through any model of ownership and operatorship.

L& T looks to sell green hydrogen and not just the equipment related to its manufacturing.

Derek M Shah, senior vice president and head, L& T Energy-green manufacturing and development, at L& T said: “L& T maintains its strategy of pursuing an assetlight approach.” “ We also recognise the opportunities that exist in the energy transition journey.

Green hydrogen is indeed one of the emerging opportunity areas for us to leverage our leadership position in the energy sector and expertise in manufacturing and EPC projects,” Shah explained.

GH4India will allow the company to address Build Own Operate (BOO) prospects in green hydrogen & derivatives space, “in a manner that does not return dilutive to L&T,” he said.

Top executives from L& T have earlier said the three partners combined will look to invest close to $ 3 4 billion over the next three to five years.

L& T moved to an asset light model more than a decade back, after investments under the asset ownership model in different infrastructure projects, yielded mixed results.

In 2014, L&T, along with Tata Steel, exited from the ownership of Dhamra port in Odisha, through a sale to Adani Ports and SEZ. Last financial year, L& T announced full exit from its road portfolio joint venture L& T Infrastructure Development Projects (IDPL).

As a solo venture, L& T is also building an electrolyser manufacturing facility in Hazira, Gujarat.

In July, L& T said its subsidiary L& T Energy Green Tech will act as a holding company, for creating a focused entity structure that will house multiple business portfolios of green energy, including electrolyser manufacturing.

This is a detour from L&T´s preferred model of creating business divisions for engineering, procurement and construction opportunities in different segments.

Firm to target buildownoperate opportunities, a shift from ´ assetlight´ policy CHANGING TACK

From Business Standard Paper

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Adani forms joint venture for green hydrogen

NEW DELHI: Billionaire Gautam Adani’s group on Friday said it has formed a joint venture with Japanese trading house Kowa Group for marketing of green ammonia and green hydrogen produced by the Ahmedabad-based conglomerate.


“Adani Global, Singapore, a step-down wholly-owned subsidiary of (Adani Enterprises) has signed (the) JV agreement,” the group flagship firm said in an exchange filing.
Adani Group is investing multi-billion dollars in setting up facilities to produce green ammonia and green hydrogen from water.
Adani and Kowa will hold a 50% stake each in the joint venture. The group didn’t provide further details.

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IOC’s ethanol plant at Panipat to reach 100% capacity utilisation soon 

Indian Oil Corporation’s ₹900-crore 2G ethanol plant, which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Modi in August 2022, is set to reach 100 per cent capacity utilisation in a few months from 30 per cent now, said IOC’s Chairman and Managing Director, Shrikant Madhav Vaidya. 


In an interaction with the journalists of The Hindu Group of publications, Vaidya said the feedstock for the bioethanol plant — rice husk (parali) — is available for collection only for about 45 days, and will need to be stored for the entire year. The plant will need 150,000 tonnes of feedstock every year. The collection of the feedstock has begun now, and the plant, therefore, will reach full capacity shortly, he said. 

Refiners like IOC are required to supply petrol that has 20 per cent (bio)ethanol by 2025. Vaidya said that in October, IOC’s blend was 12.5 per cent, which will be raised to 15 per cent next year, and then, gradually, to 20 per cent by 2025. 

Also, part of the 2G ethanol will go to the production of SAF (sustainable aviation fuels), which is also coming up near the Panipat refinery, under a joint venture with Lanzajet, a subsidiary of Lanzatech in which IOC has a stake. The Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme of International Aviation (CORSIA) of the International Civil Aviation Organisation has said that airlines will fly with 2 per cent SAF blends. IOC will be supplying fuels that comply with that decision, said Vaidya. 

Stressing that “going green is no more an option but an imperative”, Vaidya said “today, I am supplying 9 per cent of the country’s energy — of all forms”. The number would go up to 12.5 per cent by 2045. The entire increase would come from green sources, he said. 

green hydrogen

On green hydrogen, he said the joint venture with L&T and the renewable energy company, ReNew Energy, had been formed and “we will be bidding for projects”. In August, IOC invited bids for setting up a 10,000 tonnes-per-annum of green hydrogen capacity to be set up near its Panipat refinery. Vaidya said that the IOC-L&T-ReNew joint venture would participate in the bid. The JV would have to bid and win the project; it would not be handed the project just because IOC is a partner in the JV, he said. 

Vaidya said that IOC would set up 500,000 tonnes-a-year of green hydrogen capacity by 2040. Asked whether green hydrogen would not be expensive, he said it would cost thrice as much as grey hydrogen (hydrogen produced through processes that have associated greenhouse gas emissions). However, one should not always look at economics, but do the right thing for the planet, he said. 

Vaidya declined to answer any question about prices of petrol, diesel and LPG or about under-recoveries, saying that the subject was reserved for the boardroom.’s%20%E2%82%B9900,Managing%20Director%2C%20Shrikant%20Madhav%20Vaidya.

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PM Modi launches Global Biofuels Alliance

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday announced the launch of the Global Biofuels Alliance. A total of 19 countries and 12 international organizations have so far agreed to join the alliance, including both G20 members and non-member countries. India, Brazil and the US are the founding members of the alliance.


The prime minister launched the alliance in the presence of the US President Joe Biden, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio da Silva, Argentinian President Alberto Angel Fernández, Italian prime minister Giorgia Meloni, Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina among others.

Apart from India, Brazil and the US, the other G20 member countries supporting the initiative are Argentina, Canada, Italy, and South Africa. Bangladesh, Singapore, Mauritius, and the UAE are the G20 invitee countries.

The non-G20 interested in joining the alliance are Iceland, Kenya, Guyana, Paraguay, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, and Uganda and Finland. Further, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, World Economic Forum, World LPG Organization, UN Energy for All, UNIDO, Biofutures Platform, International Civil Aviation Organization, International Energy Agency, International Energy Forum, International Renewable Energy Agency, World Biogas Association are the interested international and multilateral organizations.

The three founding members of alliance, the US, India and Brazil contribute about 85% of the global production and the 81% of consumption of ethanol.

Taking to X (formerly Twitter), the prime minister said: “The launch of the Global Biofuels Alliance marks a watershed moment in our quest towards sustainability and clean energy. I thank the member nations who have joined this Alliance.”

Mint on Friday reported that the prime minister would launch the alliance on Saturday evening.

China and oil producers Saudi Arabia and Russia have however decided deciding not to be part of the alliance. With an eye on the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec)-plus grouping — where both Saudi Arabia and Russia are members — the Indian-conceptualized alliance is being positioned as a global forum to help boost demand and technology transfer for the production of biofuels and enhance trade.

India is also looking at increasing its biofuel production through varied sources in a bid to cut its import dependence for fuel at a time when the ‘Opec+’ grouping has enforced successive production cuts.

The G20 Leaders’ Declaration released on Saturday said that the member countries “recognize the importance of sustainable biofuels in our zero and low- emission

development strategies, and note the setting up of a Global Biofuels Alliance”.

The outcome document post the final G20 Energy Transitions Ministers’ Meeting held at Goa in July had said that member-countries recognize the potential opportunity of working together for further deployment and development of sustainable biofuels as one of the strategies for advancing the energy transition.

“We take note of the Presidency’s initiative to establish a ‘Global Biofuels Alliance’,” the document had said in reference to India. It noted that member-countries intend to facilitate cooperation, on a voluntary basis, in intensifying the use of sustainable biofuels through strengthening collaboration between producers, consumers and interested countries, bolstering biofuels markets and encouraging the development of standards in the sector.

According to estimates from the International Energy Agency (IEA), global biofuel production would need to triple by 2030 to put the world’s energy systems on track toward net zero emissions by 2050.

In its ambitious energy transition journey, India has committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2070. India also has an ambitious biofuel roadmap. The government has advanced its target to achieve 20% ethanol blending in petrol by 2025-26 from an earlier target of 2030. The target of petrol supplies with 10% ethanol blending was achieved in June last year, ahead of the original schedule of November 2022.

Being set up at par with the International Solar Alliance, the biofuel alliance’s focus is on accelerated adoption of biofuels, creating new biofuels, setting globally recognized standards, identifying global best practices, and ensuring industry participation.

The global ethanol market was valued at $99.06 billion in 2022 and is predicted to grow at a CAGR of 5.1% by 2032 and surpass $162.12 billion by 2032.

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Pune, Pimpri Chinchwad register 30% of all EV sales in state

PUNE: Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad now have around 30% of the total number of electric vehicles (EVs) registered in the state, data from the ministry of road transportation showed. In addition, a significant increase has also been seen in the registration of CNG vehicles in the twin cities.


Around 95,000 of the 3,22,225 EVs registered in the state are in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad alone. The response to EVs this year until September (see graphics) shows the number of registrations is set to overtake the total EV registrations in both cities in 2022.

“We are sure that EV registrations this year will be the highest. We are also recording a good increase in CNG vehicle registrations. Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad comprise around 32% of the total CNG vehicles registered in Maharashtra, and we expect the figure to go up to 45% by next year,” a transport department official said.
Sayyad Shaikh, a resident of the Camp area who has two EVs – a car and a two-wheeler – said buying them was a conscious decision.
“At present, the price of a litre of petrol is around Rs107, and diesel is Rs93. Even CNG prices are Rs92 per kg. The prices were manageable until 2020-2021, but now there are no signs of a reduction in prices. EVs might be expensive, but they are a one-time buy, and the cost is recovered in a few years as the expenditure on fuel is nil,” Shaikh said.
“The number of charging points, too, has gone up,” he added.

Dhruv Ruparel, the president of the Petrol Dealers Association Pune, said the sale of CNG vehicles could increase if there is an improvement in the gas distribution network.

“In many smaller towns and rural areas, no contracts have been awarded for city gas distribution network. If the same is done, there will be more takers for CNG vehicles,” he said.

“As far as EVs go, people are opting for electric vehicles considering the high fuel prices and the setting up of EV infrastructure. However, just like cellphones, EV batteries also degrade over time, resulting in fewer intervals between two charges. If the cost of these batteries is 40% to 50% of the vehicle cost, people will find no point buying them anymore. The government must act towards its long-announced battery swapping policy,” Ruparel told TOI.

Bharat Thakkar, an EV dealer, disagreed.
“People have not stopped buying electric vehicles despite the Central government’s subsidy on EVs coming down from Rs61,000 to Rs22,000 in the last two years. In fact, the number of EVs that don’t require registration (vehicles with a max speed of 25kmph) is far more. The life of a lithium-ion battery is five years, but until then, an EV owner recovers the cost of the vehicle since they have zero maintenance and no spending on fuel,” Thakkar said.

“The battery swapping policy will be a game changer, and will majorly hit petrol and diesel vehicles. Moreover, all companies are constantly launching new EV models with improved designs and battery strength,” he added.

Sriram Dhande, who owns an EV two-wheeler, said the number of charging points has gone up over a period of time. “Now I see them in quite a few places, including petrol pumps. I am not thinking about battery degradation at the moment as I am saving around Rs300 per week, which I would have otherwise spent on petrol,” the Pradhikaran resident told TOI.

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Natural Gas / Transnational Pipelines/ Others

Bangladesh: BRTC to import CNG buses amid gas crisis 

Loss-making Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation has initiated a move to import 140 buses that will run by compressed natural gas scarcity of which has forced many pump stations to suspend operations.


BRTC submitted a proposal to the Executive Eommittee of the National Economic Council in the past month seeking approval to purchase the buses from South Korea under loan worth Tk 826 crore from the same country, said the planning commission officials.

The officials said a meeting of the ECNEC would be held today to review the BRTC proposals and 18 other proposals.     

The state-owned BTRC’s net loss stands at Tk 974 crore in the past 14 years, according to the Economic Review 2023.

The corporation could face problems with the availability of CNG if the current shortage in supply continues in the coming days, said Farhan Noor, general secretary of Bangladesh CNG Filling Station and Conversion Workshop Owners Association.

Around 50 CNG stations out of 590 across the country have been kept closed amid low gas pressure in the day time, he said.

He added that the pressure of gas in the CNG stations was almost one-fifth of requirement.

‘We get gas at proper pressure during midnight only,’ said the general secretary, adding that currently most fuel stations in the capital refrain from giving CNG fillings to buses.

Falling production at the local level for past several years combined with interruptions in import amid a dollar crisis has resulted in the short supply of CNG in the country.

Once being able to meet the national demand with the local production, Bangladesh began import of liquefied natural gas in 2019 to meet the growing demand for industries, including power, fertilizer and readymade garments.

Around 25 per cent of the annual demand of natural gas is imported, according to the Petrobangla.

However, the shortage of dollars and price hike of the item in the global market forced the state-owned corporation Petrobangla to suspend import for six months in the past year.

Bangladesh Bank has already imposed import restriction on many products, while supplied dollars on priority basis in a bid to safeguard the foreign exchange reserves tumbled to around net $22 billion recently from $48 billion in August 2021.

BRTC chairman Md Tazul Islam dismissed any crisis of CNG for the proposed buses, referring to the assurance from the energy division.

He said the energy division has already given positive reaction about the import of CNG-run buses to be fielded to commute passengers to and from the metro rail stations.

He noted that the energy division has assured they would supply the gas through converting LNG.

BRTC purchases buses under the annual development programme at regular intervals and has also sought loans from the finance ministry.

Its overall debt liability to the government, according to finance division, stood over Tk 700 until 2021.

In FY11, the BRTC purchased 255 CNG-run air-conditioned and non-AC buses from South Korea’s Daewoo of which only a few are in operation now. In FY12, it procured 290 Ashok Leyland double-decker buses from India.

In FY20, BRTC purchased 100 non-AC buses from India’s Tata with a life expectancy of 12 years. Besides, it bought 638 Ashok Leyland buses – 50 articulated ones, 88 AC single-deckers, 300 double-deckers, 200 AC single-deckers – between FY13 and FY20.

The corporation has around 1,350 buses in its fleet.

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Egypt: Egypt plans to drill 45 exploratory gas wells in Mediterranean, Delta until mid-2025

Cairo [Egypt], August 30 (ANI/WAM): The Egyptian government has announced a plan to drill 45 natural exploratory gas wells in the Mediterranean and the Nile Delta with USD 1.9 billion in investments until mid-2025, according to a Cabinet statement on Tuesday.


The plan includes drilling ten wells between July 2022 and June 2023 which resulted in the huge discovery in the Nargis Offshore Area Concession, which added reserves of 2.5 trillion cubic feet, stated Tarek El-Molla Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources.

According to Ahram Online, El-Molla added that during the years 2023/2024 and 2024/2025, a total of 35 exploratory wells will be drilled with USD 1.5 billion in investments.

He said that there is another plan to drill 25 wells in the Zohr Field area to increase the field capacity, which reached 2.2 billion cubic meters per day.In a similar vein, global energy giant British Petroleum (BP) is planning to invest USD 3.5 billion in the exploration and development of natural gas resources in Egypt over the next three years.

Egypt has been taking steps towards developing the energy sector to position itself as an energy hub. The country expects to produce about eight million tons of LNG in 2023 after discovering a new gas field in the Nargis area in January.

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Germany: German natural gas imports slump by 18% in January-August

Germany’s natural gas imports declined by 17.9% between January and August compared to the same period last year, BDEW, the German utility industry association, said on Thursday.


Total gas demand in Germany has dropped so far this year amid calls for energy savings and high prices.

Germany has turned to importing more gas from Norway and the Netherlands, as well as LNG via newly-launched LNG import terminals, to compensate for the lack of Russian gas which the country hasn’t received for a year now, since the beginning of September.

In May 2022, Russia accounted for 37% of the gas consumed in Germany, before dropping to zero at the start of September 2022, BDEW said.

Back then, Nord Stream flows were halted by Gazprom, weeks before the still unexplained sabotage on the Nord Stream pipelines in the Baltic Sea at the end of September.

Replacing Russian gas was and is a huge challenge for the energy industry, BDEW said this week.

“Today, a year later, Germany can be reasonably optimistic about the gas supply situation in the coming winter,” the association added.

Gas storage tanks in Germany are now 93% full, BDEW managing director Kerstin Andreae said in a statement.

“That gives us security, but this is no guarantee that we will get through this winter well. We’re not out of the woods yet,” Andreae added, calling for energy savings in the coming months, too.

Germany expects natural gas prices to remain high until at least 2027, the government said earlier this month in a report on the measures to mitigate high energy costs for households.

A week earlier, INES, the group of German gas storage operators, said in its August gas update that Germany would continue to be at risk of natural gas shortages until the 2026/2027 winter season unless it takes measures to add LNG terminals, additional gas storage capacity, or pipelines.

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Netherlands: Dutch natural gas reserves will be exhausted in 9 years

If the Netherlands keeps extracting natural gas at the rate it did in 2022, the total reserves of extractable gas in Dutch soil will be exhausted in less than nine years, Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reported on Thursday. Last year, the Netherlands extracted 16.1 billion cubic meters of gas from its gas fields.


The size of the Dutch natural gas reserves decreased further in 2022 due to extraction and reduced extractability of the Groningen field. At the end of 2022, there were still 142 billion cubic meters of extractable gas in the Dutch soil.

The Groningen field, which will stop producing in October and close completely a year later, made up only a small part of the total reserves with 2 billion cubic meters of natural gas, CBS said. The remaining reserves are in smaller gas fields on land and under the North Sea.

While the size of the Dutch natural gas reserves decreased, sharply rising gas prices last year significantly increased the reserves’ value. In 2022, the Dutch natural gas reserves were worth 71 billion euros. “In 2021, the reserves were worth 4.5 times less at 15.5 billion euros,” CBS said. “However, natural gas prices have fallen in the course of 2023, which means that the value of natural gas reserves has most likely decreased again.”

The Netherlands also has gas in storage facilities, which can be quickly used to maintain the security of supply to Dutch consumers and companies. The storage facilities in Norg, Grijpskerk, and Bergemeer and the above-ground storage facilities for liquefied natural gas (LNG) in Rotterdam and Eemshaven have a total capacity of 14.6 billion normal cubic meters. Due to lower gas consumption and a mild 2022/23 winter, these storage facilities are nearly 90 percent full. “In 2021, this was less than half around the same time,” CBS

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Russia: Russia ready to boost gas exports to Turkey: Lavrov

Russia is ready to scale up natural gas exports to Turkey, including through creation of a gas hub there, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said during talks with his Turkish counterpart Hakan Fidan.


“On our side, we confirmed the commitment of Russia to all the agreements of increasing natural gas exports, including through implementation of the initiative of the heads of our states on creation of an integrated gas hub in Turkey,” Lavrov said.

Russia and Turkey are developing strategic projects in the energy sphere, “which traditionally act as a powerhouse” in relations between the two countries, the top Russian diplomat said. “Construction of all four power generating units of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant is on track,” he added.

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Natural Gas / LNG Utilization

US: US LNG projects win higher processing fees as interest rates climb

Long-term buyers of U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) are willingly agreeing to higher liquefaction fees at newer export projects, according to analysts and developers familiar with the matter.


The U.S. emerged in 2022 as the world’s second largest LNG exporter on plentiful supplies of natural gas and relatively low processing costs per metric ton of LNG. But rising interest rates and higher construction costs have pushed up liquefaction fees, also known as tollingfees.

“We would naturally expect increased costs of project development, due to higher interest rates or other factors, to have a corresponding impact on liquefaction fees,” said Lyle Hanna, a vice president at Commonwealth LNG, one of several U.S. LNG export projects working toward financial approvals.

Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last year, the Dutch Title Transfer Facility (TTF) price has been much higher and is unlikely to return to the pre-invasion price levels, said Jason Bennett, a partner at law firm Baker Botts who negotiates LNG contracts.

Bennett said the willingness by long-term customers to pay higher tolling fees and ultimately higher prices for U.S. LNG was because newer projects are still providing very good margins due to the low gas prices at the Henry Hub, the main trading point for U.S. natural gas futures.

“U.S. LNG remains the best source of low cost LNG in the world…If the price used to be $2.25 (per million British thermal units) and it’s $2.75 now, ok, but it’s still the cheapest price of LNG anyway,” said Bennett.

The most recently approved project – NextDecade NEXT.O’s Rio Grande LNG – increased its liquefaction fee as project costs rose, said Jason Feer,global head of business intelligence at LNG shipping and brokering firm Poten & Partners.

“NextDecade went back to their offtakers and sought an adjustment of their contract levels and our understanding is most of them agreed,” Feer told Reuters.
NextDecade did notreply to questions about its processing fees. However, in a July 20 filing with the Department of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management, NextDecade revealed amendments to its contracts with all its long-term customers except France’s TotalEnergies TTEF.PA and Japanese trading house Itochu 8001.T.

“The offtakers agreed because the project was very far advanced and was ready to go to FID (financial investment decision) and I think some of those contracts were very low-priced by current standards,” Feer said.

The largest U.S. LNG exporter Cheniere Energy LNG.A has cut its project financing costs by funding its newest Stage 3 expansion project from its balance sheet.

“Increasing our own equity in our projects and thereby reducing the level of debt required us to fund our expansions and is a competitive advantage,” the company said.

Other developers are turning to increased equity investment in new projects to reduce the impact of higher interest rates on finance costs, said Poten’s Feer.

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Japan: Sempra joins Japanese consortium to develop e-methane production and LNG supply chain

Houston-based Sempra Infrastructure has signed an agreement with a Japanese consortium to participate in the evaluation of a proposed project to produce e-natural gas, a form of carbon recycling, in the U.S. Gulf Coast and an LNG supply chain.


The consortium is comprised of Tokyo Gas Company, Ltd., Osaka Gas Company, Ltd., Toho Gas Company., Ltd. and Mitsubishi Corporation. The companies have been conducting preliminary feasibility work on the project since 2022. With the addition of Sempra Infrastructure, the consortium now seeks to advance the energy transition through the global market of liquified e-natural gas.

If the project is successful, it could be the first link of an international supply chain of liquified e-natural gas, a synthetic gas produced from renewable hydrogen and carbon dioxide, the partners said.

The proposed project is expected to produce 130,000 tonnes of e-natural gas per year that would be liquified via Mitsubishi Corporation’s tolling capacity at the Cameron LNG terminal in Southwest Louisiana and exported to Japan, where the product is commonly referred to as e-methane.

The proposed project is anticipated to include the production or procurement of green hydrogen, as well as the construction of facilities to produce the e-natural gas.

The U.S. Department of Energy and Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry are currently implementing a memorandum of cooperation in the field of carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS), conversion and recycling, and carbon dioxide removal. This project would meet many of the objectives in the memorandum, and could complement it, should the policy frameworks recognize e-natural gas as a carbon-neutral fuel, Sempra noted.

“Sempra Infrastructure is excited to bring its essential infrastructure development experience to this collaboration with Tokyo Gas, Osaka Gas, Toho Gas and Mitsubishi Corporation. The project would allow existing natural gas infrastructure, including the global liquefied natural gas supply chain and the gas distribution systems in nations across the world, to be used as the backbone for the delivery of a long-term, carbon-neutral fuel,” said Justin Bird, CEO of Sempra Infrastructure.

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Global LNG Development

Indonesia: BP’s Tangguh LNG train 3 to be commercial by year-end — Indonesian official

SINGAPORE (Sept 5): BP’s Tangguh Train-3 liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Indonesia will be in commercial operation by year-end, Tutuka Ariadji, Indonesia’s director general of oil and gas, said on Tuesday.


The project, which has been delayed by natural disasters, as well as the Covid pandemic, will add nearly four million metric tonnes of capacity per year to the Tangguh facility.

Indonesia wants to accelerate development of several gas projects, as financing for fossil fuel projects are tightening amid global energy transition campaigns, officials have said.

This year, Shell and Chevron agreed to sell off their stakes in major Indonesia gas projects, which is expected to quicken development of the associated fields.

Shell agreed to sell its stake in the Masela gas project to Indonesia state energy company Pertamina and Malaysia’s national oil and gas company, Petronas (Petroliam Nasional Bhd), while Eni will take over Chevron’s stake and operatorship of the Indonesia Deepwater Development project.

The energy ministry’s Tutuka told reporters on the sidelines of the Gastech conference in Singapore that he hoped Eni’s acquisition of the Chevron stake would be completed this month or next.

Meanwhile, Japan’s Inpex — operator of the Masela project — plans to incorporate a carbon capture and storage (CCS) facility into the field’s development plan. Revision of the plan is expected to be completed this year.

Tutuka told Gastech that Indonesia has 15 CCS, and carbon capture, storage and utilisation (CCUS) projects in the pipeline, and hopes to spend less than US$10 billion for them.

He said Indonesia is looking to add new CCS regulations to allow the government to reimburse company spending on CCS projects through a cost recovery scheme.

BP Indonesia has the biggest CCS/CCUS project, Tutuka said, and is now conducting front-end engineering design for the project, with first carbon injection expected in 2026.

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Oman: Oman LNG signs gas supply agreements with Shell, OQ

Muscat – Oman LNG signed two new term-sheet agreements on Wednesday to supply over 1.5mn metric tonnes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) annually.

The company signed binding term-sheet agreements to supply 0.8mn metric tonnes per year of LNG to Shell International Trading Middle East FZE and 0.75mn metric tonnes per year to OQ Trading, as reported by Oman News Agency.


These new agreements strengthen the strategic partnership between Oman LNG and other international energy firms.

According to the agreements, Shell International Trading will receive gas from Oman LNG for ten years, commencing in 2025, while OQ Trading will be supplied in a four-year deal starting in 2026.

This year, several international energy firms from countries including Japan, China, Turkey, Germany and Bangladesh have signed long-term agreements to import LNG from the sultanate.

The two new deals on Wednesday signify major milestones in Oman LNG’s history, as it marks the successful delivery of 10.4mn metric tonnes annually and a cumulative total of 80mn metric tonnes over the next ten years.

In addition to the previously agreed-upon term-sheet with Shell International Trading for the offtake of another 0.8mn metric tonnes per year in January 2023, this additional term-sheet stre-ngthens Shell’s position as the primary offtaker from Oman LNG post-2024.

Furthermore, the deal paves the way for future collaborations with Oman’s leading oil and gas trading arm, OQ Trading.

The agreements on Wednesday were signed in the presence of H E Salim al Aufi, Minister of Energy and Minerals. Signatories included Hamed al Naamany, CEO of Oman LNG, Walid Hadi, Senior Vice-President and Country Chair Oman Shell (representing Shell International Trading), and Wail al Jamali, CEO of OQ Trading.

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Switzerland: Commonwealth LNG enters 20-year agreement with Swiss energy company

Commonwealth LNG has entered an agreement with MET Group, a Switzerland-based energy company, for the purchase of 1 million tons per year of LNG for 20 years from its facility development in Cameron Parish, reports LNG Industry.


MET Group is actively increasing its participation in the LNG market. In 2022, MET imported LNG cargoes to Croatia, Greece, Spain, Belgium and the UK. This year, the company also secured long-term LNG capacities in Germany and expanded its spot capacity reach to Finland.

The terms of the non-binding agreement would commence at the start of commercial operation of the facility in 2027. Read the entire story.

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US: Three countries began importing LNG this year

Global LNG import capacity is set to expand by 16%, or 23 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d), by the end of 2024 compared with 2022, reports the US Energy Information Administration (EIA).


Estimates based on trade press and data by the International Group of Liquefied Natural Gas Importers (GIIGNL) demonstrate that in the first seven months of 2023, Germany, the Philippines, and Vietnam began importing LNG for the first time.

The EIA expects Antigua, Australia, Cyprus, and Nicaragua to start importing LNG later this year.

Germany began importing after operators fast-tracked construction of FSRUs. Three new terminals are online, and more are expected to come online this year.

Over the past 10 years (2013–22), global LNG import capacity—called regasification capacity—has grown by 49% (45.8 Bcf/d) to reach 140.0 Bcf/d across 48 countries.

By the end of 2024, the EIA expects 55 countries to have LNG regasification terminals with a combined capacity of 163 Bcf/d. Historically, up to 39% of global regasification capacity is used every year. Spare regasification capacity, most of which is in Japan, South Korea, and China, allows countries to meet occasional demand spikes, particularly in winter.

Asia is expected to lead global growth in regasification capacity, accounting for 52% (11.9 Bcf/d) of the total capacity additions in 2023 and 2024. Europe accounts for 38% (8.6 Bcf/d), and the rest of the world accounts for 10% (2.3 Bcf/d).

(Principal contributors to the EIA report are Victoria Zaretskaya and Jordan Young.)

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LNG as a Marine Fuel/Shipping

Germany: E&S Tankers welcomes into the fleet 1st of four LNG-fueled chemical tankers

German shipping company E&S Tankers has taken delivery of the first of four of its 6,600 dwt duplex, stainless steel LNG dual-fuel chemical tankers Liselotte Esseberger. “So pleased to take delivery of our first newbuilding, Liselotte Essberger, and rest assure that she is the first of many new vessels entering E&S Tankers as we are fully committed to our customers,” said Jan Eghoej, Managing Director of E&S Tankers.


“Having presented a long term strategic fleet planning to our Owners and Board we now have a clear plan on how to remain a large and trusted partner for our valued customers.”

The FS Ice Class 1A ship was built by Yangfang shipyard in China, and is fitted with a dual-fuel engine capable of running on LNG and conventional fuel. The ship has a 7,500 cbm carrying capacity and 16 cargo tanks.

German engine manufacturer MAN Energy Solutions was contracted to deliver integrated HyProp ECO propulsion solutions for the vessels.

 Liselotte Essberger was launched on 6 April as the first out of four newbuildings ordered by John T. Essberger Group at China Merchants Jinling Shipyard Dingheng Co. Ltd in 2021.

The new vessels will be optimized in terms of hull design and equipment, resulting in a significantly improved energy efficiency of at least 30% and the ability to use shore power connections during cargo operations, according to the company.

Under the contract, the company has options for an additional four vessels.

Data from VesselsValue shows, that two more vessels from the series are slated for delivery in 2023, with the final tanker from the batch following suit in 2024.

E&S Tankers, a joint venture of Essberger Tankers and Stolt Tankers, operates a fleet of 44 parcel tankers all of them with stainless steel cargo tanks and the majority having the Finnish / Swedish 1A, DNV GL 3 class.

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Hong Kong: Seaspan welcomes LNG-powered 15,000 TEU ZIM Mount Rainier

Hong Kong-based shipowner Seaspan has taken delivery of the fifth 15,000 TEU containership powered by liquified natural gas (LNG) from South Korean shipbuilding company Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI).


As disclosed, the vessel ZIM Mount Rainier was delivered to the company on 30 August. Now, it will sail on a long-term charter with Israel-based shipowner ZIM Integrated Shipping Services.

The vessel is now safely afloat and berthed at KE Quay, Samsung Heavy Industries, according to Seaspan. The ship was christened in South Korea in June this year, together with its sister vessel ZIM Mount Denali.

“Currently, LNG is the most commercially viable cleaner burning fuel source, and an essential step in the transition to low-carbon fuels as they become commercially available for deep-sea container shipping. Bio-LNG and e-methane provide a path for vessels to meet the IMO 2050 targets easily,” the shipowner emphasized in a social media post.

The first vessel in this class, ZIM Sammy Ofer, was christened in February this year. The 15,000 TEU feeder is equipped with the latest technology to support decarbonisation goals.  A month later, the ship started its maiden voyage and was bunkered with LNG in Jamaican waters. The LNG-powered ZIM Sammy Ofer is expected to provide a 23% emission reduction.

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Singapore: Ascenz Marorka to equip GasLog’s LNG carrier fleet with its “Smart Shipping” solution

Ascenz Marorka[1], a GTT Group brand, announces that it has been awarded a contract by GasLog, a leading global provider of LNG shipping services, to equip its entire fleet of more than 35 LNG carriers with its Smart Shipping[2] solution.GasLog selected Ascenz Marorka after a comprehensive market screening, an in-depth technical assessment and a pilot on two vessels.


The 5-year contract covers the integration of high frequency sensor data and manually reported data as well as a comprehensive set of online applications for managing, monitoring and optimising the energy and the environmental performance of the ships such as weather routing, voyage management, hull and propeller performance monitoring, machinery optimisation, trim optimisation, emissions monitoring and regulatory reporting.

In addition, GasLog will also benefit from exclusive LNG features developed through GTT’s unique expertise such as LNG cargo management, boil-off gas optimisation, heel optimisation, LNG ageing, roll-over prevention, emergency departure management and cargo conditioning.

The project includes an innovative development roadmap to make the Ascenz Marorka solution a key driver of the GasLog digital transformation and to support its objectives in terms of fleet performance optimisation, compliance with the environmental regulations and operational excellence.

Philippe Berterottière, Chairman and CEO of GTT, declared: “We are honoured by the trust that GasLog places in us to support them on their journey towards digitalisation, operational excellence and efficient decarbonisation. We are delighted to work hand-in-hand with a ship-owner that values technology and innovation to achieve great ambitions.”

Paolo Enoizi, Chief Executive Officer of GasLog, said: “We are delighted to extend our cooperation with GTT and use Ascenz Marorka platform to support our digital transformation agenda. The deployment of these innovative and unique solutions across our LNG carriers’ fleet will help us achieve our operational and environmental ambitions, through real time monitoring and analysis of our fleet’s technical and operational performance.”

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

US: Duke Energy to pilot EV charging subscription service in North Carolina

CHARLOTTE, NC – As North Carolina looks toward a cleaner energy future with reduced greenhouse gas emissions and clean transportation, Duke Energy, General Motors, Ford Motor Company and BMW of North America are teaming up to launch a new electric vehicle (EV) pilot program in the state aimed at bringing certainty to the cost of EV charging.


Duke Energy’s 12-month EV Complete Home Charging Plan pilot will allow residential customers in North Carolina to use up to 800 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per month to charge an EV at home for a fixed monthly fee of $19.99 in its Duke Energy Carolinas service area and $24.99 in its Duke Energy Progress service area. The average EV driver uses less than 15 kWh on a given day, meaning the pilot will offer peace of mind for participants with nearly twice the amount per month needed by the average driver.

Customers who own or lease a qualifying EV will receive an invitation to participate from their respective EV manufacturer and can enroll in the program starting in September. Additional enrollment details will be provided to participants ahead of the program launch on November 1.

“North Carolina has ambitious goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and we’re supporting those efforts,” said Kendal Bowman, Duke Energy North Carolina state president. “Increasing the numbers of EVs while reducing the number of gas-powered vehicles on the road will help our state move closer to carbon neutrality.”  

Technology puts customers in the driver’s seat

Customers will be able to input their desired state of charge and preferred departure time using an application provided by their automaker that then creates a charging schedule that optimizes their preferred EV charging times. Duke Energy is working with General Motors, Ford Motor Company and BMW of North America as a part of the Open Vehicle Grid Integration Platform (OVGIP), which enables the management of EV charging from multiple automakers in a grid-friendly and EV driver-centric manner. OVGIP data will allow Duke Energy to measure customer charging data directly from the enrolled vehicles, eliminating the need to install a second meter. Each automaker owns and manages its own charging application that communicates through OVGIP.

During the pilot, program participants will input their desired time to reach a certain state of charge, and their automaker will optimize their EV charging schedule to meet their specific needs while attempting to avoid charging during the grid’s peak hours. This process can increase convenience for customers by helping to provide a charged vehicle when they need it, while contributing to grid stability.

“The average EV owner is already saving about $1,000 per year on fuel costs compared to a traditional vehicle – a predictable monthly subscription charge on top of that is going to ensure predictable savings when charging,” said Bowman. “Beyond cost savings, EV charging at home tends to be convenient because drivers can leave the house with a fully charged vehicle and lessen the number of trips to public charging stations.”

Flexibility of EV charging can help with grid demand

An important component of Duke Energy’s strategy to ready the grid for growth from transportation electrification is the ability to encourage EV charging to take place when the grid has available capacity. As part of the pilot, Duke Energy will call up to three demand response events per month to help balance grid demand. Demand response notifications will be communicated to pilot participants by the automakers at least 12 hours in advance of the event and include the date and hours to avoid charging an EV. Participants may opt out of demand response events up to four times during the pilot.

“EV charging has the added benefit of flexibility, meaning charging can be managed – such as shifting charging to off-peak hours – which is important in limiting cost increases and mitigating peak demands,” said Harry Sideris, executive vice president of customer experience at Duke Energy. “Duke Energy has been strategically planning and enabling the grid for a future with many more EVs on the road – and is also making data-driven investments to improve reliability, strengthen the grid, expand technologies and provide customers with the intelligent information they need to make smart energy choices and save money.”

Duke Energy

Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), a Fortune 150 company headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., is one of America’s largest energy holding companies. Its electric utilities serve 8.2 million customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky, and collectively own 50,000 megawatts of energy capacity. Its natural gas unit serves 1.6 million customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky. The company employs 27,600 people.

Duke Energy is executing an aggressive clean energy transition to achieve its goals of net-zero methane emissions from its natural gas business by 2030 and net-zero carbon emissions from electricity generation by 2050. The company has interim carbon emission targets of at least 50% reduction from electric generation by 2030, 50% for Scope 2 and certain Scope 3 upstream and downstream emissions by 2035, and 80% from electric generation by 2040. In addition, the company is investing in major electric grid enhancements and energy storage, and exploring zero-emission power generation technologies such as hydrogen and advanced nuclear.

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Germany: German bike company Stevens launches new E-Maverick E-MTBs

German bicycle brand Stevens is set to release three new electric mountain bikes. Designed for versatility, performance, and excitement, these three bikes are all full-suspension models, and feature a lightweight construction making them more than ready to hit the trails. Across the board, the bikes feature a carbon frame and some cutting-edge tech, let’s take a closer look.


Stevens describes the three new electric mountain bikes as light, playful, and flexible. All branded under the E-Maverick model range, they all share a full-suspension carbon frame design and are rocking the new TQ HPR 50 e-bike system, a powertrain known for its compactness and lightness. The TQ HPR 50 produces a lower output of 50 Newton-meters when compared to other e-bike systems, but it’s important to remember that this motor is all about being light and providing natural pedal assistance.

In terms of battery tech, Stevens’ new E-Maverick range is equipped with a 360-watt-hour battery pack across the board. Despite being a rather small battery, Stevens claims you can get quite a bit of range out of it, owing to the bike’s extremely lightweight build and the motor’s modest power output. There’s also a handy display integrated on the top tube allowing you to keep tabs on the battery’s state of charge at all times.

As mentioned earlier, the Stevens E-Maverick frame is made entirely of carbon, and tips the scales at no more than 2.6 kilograms. All three iterations are said to weigh no more than 20 kilograms fully built – making them incredibly lightweight for all-mountain and enduro rigs. For starters, Stevens offers the E-Maverick AM 7.4.3, which is positioned as the entry-level offering in the model range. Priced at 6,999 Euros, or about $7,521 USD, it’s equipped with a Shimano Deore XT Shadow+ drivetrain, and a suspension combo from RockShox consisting of the Pike Select+ fork and the Deluxe Select+ rear shock. It weighs 17.5 kilograms.

Up next, the E-Maverick ED 9.4.3 offers longer suspension travel and is technically categorized as an enduro model. It’s equipped with a Fox Float duo of suspension hardware, offering 160 millimeters of front and rear wheel travel. Given the longer suspension travel and more rugged intended use, it’s still impressively light at just 18.5 kilograms. The price? A premium 7,499 Euros, or about $8,058 USD per current exchange rates.

Last but not least, the E-Maverick AM 9.4.3 is the top-of-the-line model rocking a Sram X0 electronic drivetrain. It’s also the lightest model of the lot, weighing in at just 16.5 kilograms. On top of that, it receives the RockShox Pike Ultimate fork, as well as the RockShox Deluxe Ultimate RCT with 140 millimeters of travel front and rear. This model will set you back 9,999 Euros, or about $10,745 USD.

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