FEBRUARY 2019, VOLUME I

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City Gas Distribution – Retail PNG / CNG / LNG & AUTO LPG

Adani Gas surges after Supreme Court network ruling win

Adani Gas Ltd. surged the most in nearly two months after India’s top court nullified orders restricting its network expansion. Shares jumped as much as 6.8% to 94.55 rupees, the biggest intraday gain since December 5, before paring its advance to 3.4% as of 12:16 p.m. in Mumbai.

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The benchmark NSE Nifty 50 index was little changed. A two-judge Supreme Court bench headed by Arun Mishra quashed two orders restraining the company from laying gas pipelines in western cities of Jaipur and Udaipur in the state of Rajasthan. It’s unclear though how much the ruling could add to Adani’s gas retailing plans, as both Jaipur and Udaipur areas were bid out last year in auctions. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration is aiming to increase use of cleaner energy, including natural gas, to curb deadly air pollution that’s choking most of urban India. The court also asked that the Petroleum & Natural Gas Regulatory Board, which had halted Adani’s plans in the two cities in 2011, take a fresh decision on the matter. Adani Gas won bids to supply gas to six areas last year, while its joint-venture with state-run refiner Indian Oil Corp. Ltd. won five licenses. It plans to invest 80 billion rupees ($1.1 billion) in its gas retailing business in the next five years, it said in a November filing.

https://www.bloombergquint.com/markets/adani-gas-surges-after-india-supreme-court-network-ruling-win

 

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Why CNG has an image problem among car-makers

Is the market perception of CNG a concern for automobile manufacturers in launching models for private use? Apparently yes, going by a leading car manufacturer.  

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Along with network infrastructure, the image of CNG as a low-cost technology ‘used by taxi operators and public transport’ is a concern for some major car manufacturers. Gurpratap Boparai, Head Volkswagen Group, India, said that his group has big scope in the CNG vehicle space, but the image of CNG technology in the market needs to be changed. “If the network (CNG distribution) expands, we will address the segment. We already have the technology. We have to keep in mind the image of CNG and its acceptance by private users. Today, it is mainly seen as a low-cost technology used by low-cost cars and taxi operators. That image is unjustified,”Boparai said. Environmentalist Sujit Patwardhan, however, pointed out that car manufacturers have introduced CNG-powered cars and there was no problem with the image. Many companies are offering mild/micro hybrid vehicles. “Some manufacturers might have a CNG image problem, but on a bigger scale it is an accepted technology across all strata of society. It is not the image, but availability of CNG stations that is a concern,” he said, adding that while promoting CNG, the government should focus on its availability. PM Narendra Modi said in his speech on World Biofuel Day last year: “CNG is being promoted to avoid pollution from petrol and diesel. Though we are importing CNG, the goal is to reduce import dependence. CNG vehicles will be a reality not only in cities, but also in villages.”

https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/why-cng-has-an-image-problem-among-car-makers/article26072485.ece

 

 

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Roadshow for 10th round of City Gas bidding in Kerala

The 10th City Gas Distribution (CGD) will cover one ‘geographical area’ covering three districts of Alappuzha, Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala, a spokesman for the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) has said. 

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This is a big initiative towards providing clean energy to the people of the State, the spokesman said. The PNGRB is the nodal agency for facilitating economic activities in natural gas distribution. In this connection, the PNGRB board is organising a roadshow here on January 22 for promoting the 10th CGD bidding round in Thiruvananthapuram. The recently concluded ninth CGD bidding round for 86 geographical areas (GAs) covering 174 districts in 21 States/ UTs received good response from investors across the sector, the spokesman said. It elicited 406 bids from 38 organisations (including eight and two overseas investors) and received a minimum work commitment of 2.2 crore domestic PNG connections.

https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/todays-paper/tp-others/tp-states/article26046953.ece

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CNG all set to replace LPG in Golden Temple kitchen

It will reduce pollution and also ease the financial stress as LPG is quite costly. A smart concept of cooking would be a reality at Golden Temple kitchen as the CNG is all set to replace the existing LPG and wood as cooking fuel. Under the Union Government’s Smart City project, the Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation has been entrusted with the task of providing CNG through underground pipeline. 

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The Rs 500 crore project will also cater to the domestic CNG supply. In the first phase, the CNG pipeline has to cover the 4.5-km stretch of the Sultanwind road, catering to Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee Langar Hall. Besides, work is also under way for laying the underground pipeline on the 8-km stretch on Majitha road where a CNG filling station too has been built. Similarly, the pipe is being placed near Rattan Singh Chowk leading to the Cantonment area. MC Commissioner Sonali Giri said approval for 13-km area was given. “At present, the requisite pipeline has been laid in 7 km of area and 6 km is still to be done. The major work has been done in the Golden Temple area, at least 95%. We expect to supply the CNG to the shrine kitchen by March 31,” she said. The gurdwaras used to get subsidised LPG, but for the past few years this subsidy was withdrawn ending up escalating the cylinder cost to Rs 1,086 each. Within two years’ span, the domestic and commercial connections will also be made available. As per an official estimate, the domestic connections will be provided to 25,000 households initially.

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/amritsar/cng-all-set-to-replace-lpg-in-golden-temple-kitchen/716921.html

 

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Roadshow held in Bhopal to promote 10th CGD bidding round

Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) organised a road-show for promoting 10th City Gas Distribution (CGD) bidding round at Bhopal. Manu Srivastava, Principal Secretary, New and Renewable Energy Department, MD, MP Urja Vikas Nigam Limited, was the Chief Guest.

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Interestingly, Srivastava had a very remarkable stint with the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Government of India. In his tenure, he dealt with natural gas activities such as pricing, allocations, distribution, transportation, City Gas Distribution projects and LNG. The event was also marked by the presence of Rajeev Sharma, Secretary, Dept of Urban Development, Govt of Madhya Pradesh. At present, CGD authorization has been given by PNGRB in 8 GAs in state of Madhya Pradesh covering Dewas, Dhar, Indore (including Ujjain City), Gwalior, Bhopal, Rajgarh, Guna, Rewa, Satna and Shahdol districts. In the 10th CGD bidding round, 10 GAs covering 17 districts- Ashoknagar, Gwalior (Except areas already authorized), Sheopur, Morena, Raisen, Shajapur, Sehore, Shivpuri, Sidhi, Singrauli, Ujjain (Except areas already authorized), Dewas (Except areas already authorized), Indore (Except areas already authorized), Anuppur, Jhabua, Ratlam, Bhind, and Datiadistricts are being offered. After this round, around 50% of the State will have access to Gas. This is a huge initiative towards providing clean energy to the users of fuel in Madhya Pradesh. India’s story in the natural gas sector, increasing domestic production and LNG imports to meet gas demand along with the country’s commitments at COP21, has pushed the Indian government to bring in sweeping policy changes that are giving a boost to the domestic gas market.

https://www.dailypioneer.com/2019/state-editions/roadshow-held-to-promote-10th-cgd-bidding-round.html

 

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6 more districts in Jharkhand  to be included under gas pipeline project

With an aim to woo investors for its 10th round of City Gas Distribution (CGD) bidding, PNGRB held a road show in Ranchi on Tuesday, January 15.

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Now six more districts will be included under the 10th round of bidding of the project including West Singhbhum, Koderma, Deoghar, Chatra, Palamu and Seraikela-Kharsawan. Speaking on the issue at a press meet Executive Director, GAIL (India) Limited, KB Singh said, “Through this bidding 70% of total population and 53% of total area will be covered under it where as 69% of total population of the State and 58% of total area of the State will be covered after the bidding. The project is already going on in seven district of the State including Ranchi, Bokaro, Hazaribagh, Ramgarh, Dhanbad, Giridih, east Singhbhum.” Singh said that good news for residents of MECON Colony as they will be first recipients of gas through pipeline system under Urja Ganga Gas Pipeline Project (UGGPP), around 2000 households of the colony will get gas through pipeline system by March 2019 and two CNG centers simultaneously from Ranchi and Jamshedpur will be started from March 2019. While replying on the occasion from the State government’s side Industry Secretary K Ravi Kumar said, “Jharkhand is investment friendly State with initiatives like single-window clearance. PNGRB, Chairperson DK Sarraf welcomed the guests on the occasion.

https://www.dailypioneer.com/2019/state-editions/6-more-districts-to-be-included-under-gas-pipeline-project.html

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India: Tata Motors’ 3.8L NA SGI CNG engine receives BS6 certification

In the run-up to its BS6 preparations, Tata Motors announced that it has received BS6 Type Approval certificate for its 3.8L NA SGI CNG engine from ARAI (Automotive Research Association of India). It is the first OEM in India to achieve BS6 certification for a CNG engine for commercial vehicles. 

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This certification includes meeting the tailpipe mass emissions as well as compliance to On-Board Diagnostics (OBD) norms as mandated by government regulation. The 3.8 NA SGI CNG engine is a naturally aspirated engine i.e. it does not need a turbocharger. It produces a maximum power of 85 Ps @ 2500 RPM with a torque of 285 Nm @ 2500 RPM. This combustion occurs at stoichiometric conditions in the engine. It engine comes with sequential gas injection technology, pioneered by Tata Motors in India. Exhaust after-treatment system featuring three-way catalytic converter reduces pollutants below limits mandated by regulation. The 3.8 NA SGI CNG engine will power 4T to 9T GVW buses and trucks such as 407, 709 and 909 (existing BS4 versions), which are already very popular models in the market, with the best-in-class fuel efficiency. Truck applications also include water tankers. BS6 norms will come into force in India from 1 April, 2020.

http://www.ngvjournal.com/s1-news/c5-products/india-tata-motors-3-8l-na-sgi-cng-engine-receives-bs6-certification/

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Visakhapatnam to soon get gas pipeline services

The denizens of Visakhapatnam can soon avail gas pipeline services. Reportedly, GAIL has taken up the project with a whopping budget of about Rs.1000 crores. As per a report by Andhrajyothi, the project will be executed in two stages. 

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While the pipeline works between Visakhapatnam and Kakinada will be done in the first stage, the works between Visakhapatnam and Srikakulam will be worked upon in the later stage. Reportedly, the length of the entire pipeline will be 210 Kms. About 252 approvals need to be acquired for this project to begin. There will be still 24 approvals in the further stages that need approval. Currently, the pipeline works between Visakhapatnam and Kakinada are under progress. R Chadha, Executive Director GAIL, while speaking to the media informed that the gas pipeline works in Visakhapatnam will be completed by May and the services are expected to begin by June. Even though this project was proposed seven years ago initially, a few delays in the approvals played the spoilsport, dragging the project’s initiation, as informed by a few sources from GAIL.

https://www.yovizag.com/visakhapatnam-gas-pipeline-services/

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India’s natural gas production increased marginally in November

Cumulatively, India’s natural gas production during the April-November period of financial year 2018-2019 fell 0.69% to 21,783.74 MMSCM, as compared to 21,936.16 MMSCM produced in the corresponding period a year ago.

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India’s domestic natural gas production increased marginally by 0.62% to 2,731.79 MMSCM in November 2018, as compared to the corresponding month a year ago. This was primarily due to increase in production from oil and gas fields operated by OIL and ONGC. ONGC, India’s largest producer of crude oil and natural gas, witnessed its natural gas production increase 6.84% to 2,091.44 MMSCM in November due to increase in production from its offshore and onshore fields. Cumulatively, ONGC’s natural gas production during the April-November period of financial year 2018-2019 increased 3.64% to 16,219.29 MMSCM as compared to 15,650.38 MMSCM produced in the corresponding period a year ago, because of increase in production from the company’s offshore fields. Oil India’s natural gas production in November declined 3.66% to 226.88 MMSCM, as compared to 235.50 MMSCM produced in the corresponding month a year ago. The decline was due to lower production from the company’s fields in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. Cumulatively, Oil India’s natural gas production in the April-November period of financial year 2018-2019 declined 6.73% to 1,828.14 MMSCM, as compared to 1,960.01 MMSCM produced in the corresponding period a year ago. Natural gas production from fields operated by private operators as well by joint ventures (JVs) declined by 13.63% to 3,736.31 MMSCM, as compared to 4,325.78 MMSCM produced in the corresponding period a year ago. The decline was due to under-performance of CBM wells at RIL’s Sohagpur west due to constraints imposed by IFFCO on CBM off-take, less off-take by buyer from Focus Energy’s RJ-ON/6 block as well as low gas production due to stuck up in two wells.

https://energy.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/oil-and-gas/indias-natural-gas-production-increased-marginally-in-november/67559066

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After receiving 50 bids, oilfield auction deadline deferred again

At least 50 bids were received for the second round of auctions for discovered small field (DSF-II) oil and gas assets in India, for which 25 contract areas are on offer. The major companies in fray include state-run ONGC, OIL, Billionaire Dilip Shanghvi’s Sun Petrochemicals, Gautam Adani-led Adani Group and Hindustan Oil Exploration Company (HOEC).

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 According to industry sources, for the first time two oil majors ONGC and OIL are likely to join hands for an asset in India during the present round. Interestingly, the blocks on offer under the small field round include those relinquished by these two state-run oil majors due to viability issues. The Directorate General of Hydrocarbons (DGH), that is in charge if the auctions, said that it has postponed the deadline for submission of bids for the second time. Though the initial deadline for the submission of bids was December 18, it was postponed later to January 18. “The legal team wants certain amendments on the existing contract, making it at par with the Open Acreage Licensing (OALP) rounds. The new date is likely to be January 30,” said an official source. The 25 contract areas on offer include 59 fields with an established hydrocarbon resource base of over 189.6 million tonne of oil or oil equivalent gas, worth around Rs 1 trillion. During the first round of DSF auctions, ONGC had opted out of the bidding. The move by ONGC and OIL to bid for DSF-II is coming at a time when the government is mulling options to offer 149 small and marginal fields by these two state-run majors to private companies and allow state-run companies to focus on big fields only. A similar move by the ministry of petroleum and natural gas to bring in private players in 15 producing fields of state-run companies had faced public ire last year. The new players to the hydrocarbon industry during the current round may include Antelopus Energy, a start-up founded by former Cairn Oil and Gas chief operating officer Suniti Bhat. The Government had opted for the second round after the completion of DSF Bid Round in 2017.

https://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/after-receiving-50-bids-oilfield-auction-deadline-deferred-again-119011701421_1.html

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Gail Chief Bhuwan Chandra Tripathi may get third term

Bhuwan Chandra Tripathi will likely get his tenure extended as the chairman of state-run GAIL after his second five-year term ends in July this year, according to sources. Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has recommended extending Tripathi’s term until his retirement,

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which is due in January 2020, sources said. The recommendation will now go to the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, or ACC, for approval. Tripathi has been the CMD of GAIL since August 2009, before which he held the position of Director (Marketing) for about two years. It’s rare for the chief of a state-run firm to have such long stints that straddle governments led by different parties. GAIL, India’s biggest natural gas marketer and transporter, has been in the middle of some of the key initiatives of the Modi government. It is building a 3400-km gas pipeline, which would bring cleaner fuel to much of eastern India and help revive three fertilizer units along the way. GAIL also persuaded the government to fund 40% of the pipeline project cost.

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/energy/oil-gas/gail-chief-bhuwan-chandra-tripathi-may-get-third-term/articleshow/67547848.cms

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Niko serves arbitration notice on Reliance, BP

Niko Resources has served a notice of arbitration on Reliance Industries and BP Plc after they asked the Canadian oil and natural gas company to exit the KG-D6 block because it had defaulted on cash calls, RIL said in its earnings statement. During the October-December quarter, M/s Niko (NECO) Ltd defaulted on cash calls, which triggered a default notice, 

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RIL said. “Since Niko did not cure the default within the default period, RIL and BP issued notice to Niko for withdrawal from production sharing contract (PSC) and joint operating agreement (JOA) and assign the participating interest to RIL and BP,” the company said. Niko responded by serving a notice of arbitration. In an update on its website, Niko said that under the terms of the JOA, if the defaulting party does not cure a default within sixty days of the default notice, the nondefaulting parties have the option to require the defaulting party to withdraw from the KG-D6 contract and JOA. This notice from RIL and BP “will have a material adverse impact” on Niko’s stakeholders, particularly its shareholders, the company said. Niko has been going through financial difficulty for years and has tried unsuccessfully to sell its interest in the KG-D6 block. It hasn’t been able to secure financing to fund its share of the RCluster, Satellite Cluster and MJ development projects in the block, leading to a default. “To conserve its remaining cash (approximately $3.6 million as of September 30, 2018), the company elected not to pay a D6 Block cash call that was due in early October, 2018,” Niko had said in November.

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/energy/oil-gas/niko-serves-arbitration-notice-on-reliance-bp/articleshow/67581416.cms?from=mdr

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GAIL’s tariff proposal for KG-Basin natural gas pipeline faces resistance from stakeholders

A proposal by state-owned natural gas utility, GAIL, for transportation tariff for a major KG-basin natural gas pipeline has faced opposition from stakeholders including GMR group, H-Energy, and Gujarat State Petronet Limited (GSPL).

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Stakeholders who commented on the tariff proposal hosted on Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) website have resisted the transportation tariff submitted by GAIL citing multiple reasons including uncertainty of economic life extension, Capex outgo, volume divisor, number of working days among others. PNGRB is going to hold an open house to discuss the comments of all the stakeholders. According to the public consultation document hosted by PNGRB, the regulator had in its tariff order dated March 2016, issued final natural gas pipeline tariff for the KG-basin natural gas pipeline applicable till the end of the economic life, which ended in February 2017. PNGRB has said the then tariff order issued was without considering any extension in the life of the pipeline beyond February 2017 and the extension of economic life beyond February 2017 is still under consideration of the board. The KG-basin natural gas pipeline is a 877.86-km pipeline network with a provisional capacity to transport 15.99 MMSCMD of gas, including common carrier capacity of 4 MMSCMD. The regulator had determined a transportation tariff of Rs 5.56 per MMBtu for the gas pipeline on Gross Calorific Value (GCV) basis for the period between 2008-09 and 2014-15; Rs 5.56 per MMBTU for 2015-2016 and Rs 45.32 per MMBTU for financial year 2016-2017. Subsequently, in a letter dated 25 September 2018, PNGRB asked GAIL to make an updated tariff filing with actual data up to 2017-2018. GAIL has proposed a transportation tariff of Rs 45.32 per MMBTU for period between 2016-17 to 2018-19 and a tariff of Rs 47.20 per MMBTU for the period between 2019-20 up to 11 February 2027.

https://energy.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/oil-and-gas/gails-tariff-proposal-for-kg-basin-natural-gas-pipeline-faces-resistant-from-stakeholders/67671999[Edited]

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Rescue plan for gas-based power plants in works

The government proposes to use the National Clean Energy Fund (NCEF) to support gas-based power projects, including the 31 stressed ones, as it looks to launch one of the biggest rescue operations for these clean fuel-run power plants that are on the verge of complete shutdown in the absence of fuel and viable power purchase agreement.

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Sources privy to the development told Financial Chronicle that allocation to NCEF may be doubled in next fiscal from the level of Rs 29,645.29 crore transferred to it by till the end of FY18. A large portion of additional fund will be used to support gas-based power plants including a proposed new Rs 18,000 crore subsidy scheme that will enable these fuel starved plants to run using a mix of domestic and imported gas. The NCEF was created out of cess on coal at Rs 400 per tonne to provide financial support to clean energy initiatives and an Inter-Ministerial Group chaired by the Finance Secretary was constituted to approve the project/schemes eligible for financing under the fund. The coal cess collected from 2010-11 to 2017-18 amounts to Rs 86,440.21 crore, out of which only Rs 29,645.29 crore have actually been transferred to NCEF. Whereas, the amount financed from NCEF for projects is only 15,911.49 crore i.e. only about 19% of the total amount collected as coal cess.

Though Central Electricity Authority (CEA) has classified only 14,305 out of total gas-based capacity of 24,867 MW as stranded due to fuel shortage, almost entire capacity remains stressed and remaining plants are also running at sub-optimal levels and able to support just interest component on loans. The total domestic gas allocated to power projects is 87.12 MMSCMD but the average domestic gas supplied to gas-based power plants during 2017-18 was only 25.71 MMSCMD which is 70 per cent short of the allocation. Due to this shortfall, the PLF of gas-based power plants has come down to 24 per cent which used to be 67 per cent in 2009-10.

http://www.mydigitalfc.com/companies-and-markets/rescue-plan-gas-based-power-plants-works[Edited]

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Directorate General of Hydrocarbons nod must for going beyond oilfield area

The government has forbidden oil and gas production from fields that extend beyond the contract area unless the operator takes prior approval a significant change in rules to prevent bitter disputes like the one between Reliance Industries and ONGC over output from a reservoir that straddled both companies’ areas.

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The government has amended the Model Revenue Sharing Contract (MRSC) of Discovered Small Fields Bid Round-II to insert two key points on reservoirs extending beyond contract areas. A failure of the contractor to notify the Directorate General of Hydrocarbons (DGH) about any extension in the reservoir of the discovery area outside its contract area as required under Article 10.9, shall be considered a non-compliance or contravention of the provisions of this contract,” the amended rules, hosted on DGH website said. The failure to inform DGH can lead to termination of contract. The model contract already provided for joint development of two fields with connected reservoirs. The amendment, however, has dropped a provision under which the government could order joint development only if field development plan had not been submitted by a contractor. If the contractor gets to know about extension of reservoir beyond its field after submitting the field development plan, it would have to inform the DGH within 15 days of receiving such information, as per amended rules. New rules also allow all expenses incurred on exploration, development and production as deduction u/s 42 of the Income Tax Act. Last year, an international arbitration tribunal had by majority concluded that Reliance and its partners were well within their rights under the contract to produce the gas that had migrated from the ONGC fields in the KG Basin, and had not unjustly enriched themselves. This contradicted the views of an official panel that wanted Reliance to return the unjust gains by paying $1.55 billion to the government. The Delhi High Court is currently hearing the government’s challenge of the arbitration award that favoured RIL.

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/energy/oil-gas/directorate-general-of-hydrocarbons-nod-must-for-going-beyond-oilfield-area/articleshow/67649900.cms

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Nitin Gadkari gifts 10 methanol-run buses to Pune, Mumbai

The minister said that India has the potential to expand the current ₹11,000 crore methanol economy to about ₹2 lakh crore in the years ahead through the promotion of cleaner fuel.

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Union Minister of Road Transport, Highways and Shipping, Nitin Gadkari  said that 10 methanol powered public transport buses will be gifted to the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) to be run on the city roads as a pilot project. He made this announcement while unveiling the M15 Blending Programme for 15% blending of methanol in petrol at the symposium on international automotive technology organised by the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) in Pune. “My ministry has taken up a pilot project to buy 40 buses running on methanol under which 10 buses will be given to each municipal corporations of Pune, Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Guwahati. With this, I feel that we can definitely encourage manufacturers to manufacture methanol engine,” he said. Gadkari thanked ARAI for finalising the standards, trials and testing for methanol, and said, “The centre of excellence on methanol will be developed in ARAI. Our ministry will provide all the necessary assistance including financial help in this regard. This is an indigenous venture,” he said. Prashanth Gurusriniwas, member of core committee on methanol in the Niti Ayog, said that successful application of methanol in automotive fuel will lead to 20% reduction in import of crude oil by year 2030. He informed that a plant to produce methanol from coal ash generated in power plants will start functioning in the next three years.

https://www.hindustantimes.com/pune-news/nitin-gadkari-gifts-10-methanol-run-buses-to-pune-mumbai/story-jIky1Gkj4TjBiuDcTKsB1H.html

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Dozen LNG, LPG terminals to dot Gujarat’s coastline

If things go to plan, Gujarat may soon be home to more than a dozen terminals for importing LNG and LPG in the next few years, with an investment of around Rs 15,000 crore to Rs 20,000 crore. Petronet LNG, which has a 15 MMTPA LNG import terminal at Dahej, is looking to expand its capacity to 20 MMTPA.

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The company signed MoUs with the state government to invest Rs 2,100 crore for the terminal’s expansion, which would include development of a third jetty and a seventh storage tank. Shell, which operates a 5 MMTPA LNG terminal in Hazira, is looking to double its capacity to 10 MMTPA, said a government official. GSPC’s 5 MMTPA LNG terminal at Mundra has also been commissioned, and its maiden cargo is expected soon. Among other projects, Swan Energy’s 5 MMTPA floating storage and re-gasification unit (FSRU) off the Jafrabad coast is under development, and is likely to be completed by next year. A joint venture of Shapoorji Pallonji and HPCL is also developing a 5 MMTPA LNG terminal at Chhara. At the Vibrant Gujarat Summit, the Essar group signed an MoU to invest Rs 2,500 crore for developing a 5 MMTPA LNG terminal at Hazira in Surat. “Gujarat will truly emerge as the gateway for gas markets in North India,” said an official. Meanwhile, four LPG terminals exist in the state already, and at least as many more are coming up. Adani is building an LPG terminal at Mundra, while at the Vibrant Gujarat Summit, Hindustan Petroleum signed MoUs to invest Rs 1,350 crore for LPG import facilities and other projects at Dahej.

https://www.dnaindia.com/ahmedabad/report-dozen-lng-lpg-terminals-to-dot-gujarat-s-coastline-2711485[Edited]

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Indian Oil Corp, GAIL evaluating investing in Adani LNG terminal

Indian Oil and Gail are still evaluating plans to invest in a Rs 6,000-crore LNG import terminal being developed by the Adani Group in Odisha. The plan was announced in 2016.

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According to a preliminary pact signed in September 2016, the Adani Group had agreed to give away half of equity stake in the LNG terminal to Indian Oil and Gail. The two state-run companies were to also book 3 MMT and 1.5 MMT a year of regasification capacity, respectively, in the 5 MMTPA terminal. The PSUs have gone ahead with their plans on regasification capacity but have yet to take a final call on their equity investments. “Gail and Indian Oil Corp are jointly carrying out techno-commercial and legal due-diligence studies,” Gail said in an emailed response to ET’s query on the status of planned investments in the LNG terminal. Indian Oil, too, said it was carrying out due diligence in the matter. It is unclear why the government firms have taken so long to make up their mind on investing in the project. A spokesperson for the Adani Group said construction orders have been placed and the LNG terminal is on track. Adanis have roped in French energy giant Total to invest in Dhamra LNG terminal. According to the 2016 pact, the country’s top refiner IOC and top gas transporter Gail were to hold 39% and 11% equity stakes, respectively, in the Dhamra LNG terminal. The Adani Group was to hold the remaining 50%. IOC and Adani were to give away 1% each to a financial institution at a later stage, reducing their stakes to 38% and 49%, respectively. Indian Oil’s 5 MMTPA LNG terminal at Ennore in TN is almost ready to go on stream.

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/energy/oil-gas/ioc-gail-evaluating-adani-lng-terminal/articleshow/67631598.cms

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GAIL India offers three LNG cargoes from Sabine Pass – sources

The Indian importer has 20-year deals to buy 5.8 MMTPA of U.S. LNG, split between Dominion Energy’s Cove Point plant and Cheniere Energy’s Sabine Pass site. GAIL has offered three LNG cargoes loading from the Sabine Pass terminal in the United States this year, two industry sources said on Monday, January21.

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The Indian importer has 20-year deals to buy 5.8 MMTPA of U.S. LNG, split between Dominion Energy’s Cove Point plant and Cheniere Energy’s Sabine Pass site. GAIL has offered three LNG cargoes loading from the Sabine Pass terminal in the United States this year, two industry sources said on Monday, January21. The Indian importer has 20-year deals to buy 5.8 MMTPA a year of U.S. LNG, split between Dominion Energy’s Cove Point plant and Cheniere Energy’s Sabine Pass site. It has offered three cargoes on a FoB basis from Sabine Pass for second-half January, second-half July and first-half November loading, the sources said.

https://in.reuters.com/article/india-lng-sabinepass/gail-india-offers-three-lng-cargoes-from-sabine-pass-sources-idINKCN1PF1J4

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Adani Group may get controlling stake in Mundra LNG terminal

Gujarat may offer an additional 50% stake in Gujarat State Petroleum Corp. (GSPC) LNG Ltd to Adani Group, which already holds a 25% stake in the company, after Indian Oil Corp decided to opt out of the race, said three state government officials close to the development, requesting anonymity.

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The Gujarat government, which owns 50% in GSPC LNG, had been looking to induct a third partner for the remaining 25% stake. It may now allow the Adani Group to pick up the 25%, and offload up to 25% of its own stake in the company.  “We are looking at various options for commissioning the LNG terminal, which includes giving additional stake to the Adani Group,” said one of the officials mentioned above. The terminal was inaugurated in September by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Four months on, however, it is yet to be commissioned as the land lease and sub-concession agreements are yet to be signed between the promoters and the Gujarat government. A commissioning cargo from the US had arrived at the Mundra LNG terminal in November last year but it had to be diverted to Hazira port as it was not allowed to discharge at Mundra, said an industry expert in the know of the development. “Adani Group has said that it has invested about ₹1,200 crore for dredging and other port-led development activities. The committee is examining their claims and is soon expected to file its report,” the third official said. Initially, GSPC had a majority stake in the project, but the organization has been under financial stress. Subsequently, the state’s energy and petrochemicals department funded the project and directly holds a 50% stake in GSPC LNG. The project has been facing delays due to uncertainty over equity sharing and project execution. IOCL had offered about ₹750 crore for the 50% stake in the project. This same offer is being put before the Adani group, said the two government officials cited above. According to the state government’s LNG Terminal Policy, it will, through its nominated agency, have the right of equity participation from 11% to 26%. It also has the right to reserve 15% of total re-gasification capacity and a maximum up to 2.5 MMTPA on the first right of refusal basis.

https://www.livemint.com/companies/news/adani-group-may-get-controlling-stake-in-mundra-lng-terminal-1548349698635.html

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Russia’s Novatek to increase gas output by 10 pct in 2019 -Interfax

Novatek, Russia’s largest non-state gas producer, will increase gas output in 2019 by 10 percent and liquid hydrocarbons production by 2 percent, the Interfax news agency cited the company’s CEO. 

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CEO Leonid Mikhelson also said Novatek has signed contracts for a quarter of the investment needed in its Arctic LNG-2 project. France’s Total may take part in a project to build an LNG terminal in Murmansk, he was also quoted as saying. Novatek increased its natural gas output to 68.81 billion cubic metres in 2018.

https://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/russias-novatek-to-increase-gas-output-by-10-pct-in-2019-interfax/

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Saudis plan to link UAE, Kuwait, Oman in regional gas grid

Saudi Arabia is discussing the possibility to have one interconnected natural gas grid in the region that would exchange gas and export the Kingdom’s gas to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kuwait, and Oman, Saudi Arabia’s according to Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih.

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 “I am talking to my colleagues in Oman, Kuwait, UAE, about extending a gas grid in the region and we hope to exchange gas and we also have excess of gas which we will be exporting,” Gulf News quoted al-Falih as saying at the World Future Energy summit in Abu Dhabi. As Saudi Arabia aims to develop more of its natural gas resources, it will seek to export more of its gas to its allies in the region. “We’ve already exported gas on a commercial basis to the UAE so more of this interconnection in energy is going to take place and, importantly, also in trading of knowhow in technology and development with renewables,” al-Falih was quoted as saying. The UAE is currently importing gas from Qatar via the Dolphin gas pipeline, which continued operations even after the UAE and Saudi Arabia, alongside Egypt and Bahrain, severed ties with Qatar in June 2017, accusing Doha of sponsoring terrorism. Saudi Arabia, for its part, has identified a lot of gas reserves and will be developing them, aiming to eliminate the burning of crude oil and liquids at utilities—currently a typical power plant fuel in the Kingdom—by 2030, in order to free up more crude oil for exports, Gulf News quoted minister al-Falih as saying.

https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Saudis-Plan-To-Link-UAE-Kuwait-Oman-In-Regional-Gas-Grid.html

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Turkey’s gas imports fall by 13.8 pct in November

Turkey’s natural gas imports decreased by 13.8% in November from a year earlier, according to the Turkish energy watchdog’s data. Imports fell to 4.70 BCM from 5.45 BCM in November 2017, the Turkish Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EMRA) said in its monthly natural gas market report.

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 The country imported 3.63 BCM of natural gas via pipeline, while 1.06 BCM was purchased as LNG in November 2018, EMRA’s data shows. Turkey’s total gas consumption decreased by almost 21.4% to 4.09 BCM in November 2018 from 5.21 BCM in November 2017. The amount of natural gas in storage increased by nearly 15.7% to 3.36 BCM in November 2018 from 2.9 BCM in 2017. Gas production rose to 38.7 million cubic meters over the same period, up from 28 MCM in October 2017.

https://www.dailysabah.com/energy/2019/01/28/turkeys-gas-imports-fall-by-138-pct-in-november

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Pakistan’s PTI government to expeditiously pursue IP gas pipeline project

The United States has intensified sanctions against Iran, making almost impossible for it to do business with its neighbouring countries, including Pakistan.

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However, policymakers of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government say the much awaited Iran-Pakistan (IP) gas pipeline project would be pursued expeditiously in the context of regional cooperation in the energy sector. The policymakers fear worst gas outages in the country in the coming years and anticipate that there will still be a gap of 3,263 MMCFD in 2022-23 despite gas pipeline projects. In order to bridge the gap, they recommend vibrant petroleum policies to accelerate exploration and production (E&P) activities, construction of more LNG terminals and expeditious implementation of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (Tapi) project with the capacity of 1,325 MMCFD which is already under implementation and is expected to be come online by December 2021. They say the IP gas pipeline project with a capacity of 750 MMCFD – which is not progressing well – could be constructed on fast track basis with 24 months. It will further reduce the gap to 2,513 MMCFD. The policy makers feel that phenomenal growth in demand for transport fuel and rising trend of the crude prices in the international market may pose a challenge to the PTI government. The LNG Gwadar project was an alternate plan to implement the IP gas pipeline project amid the US sanctions against Tehran. Riyadh had asked Sharif to cut ties with Iran and Qatar. The PML-N government had scrapped the LNG project to ease pressure but continued diplomatic ties with Qatar. “To supplement the indigenous gas supply in addition to the LNG imports, natural gas import projects like Tapi and the IP would be pursued expeditiously in the context of regional cooperation in the energy sector,” the PTI policymakers say in 12th Five Year Plan (2018-23) while discussing energy scenario of Pakistan in the next five years.

https://tribune.com.pk/story/1891732/1-pti-govt-expeditiously-pursue-ip-gas-pipeline-project/

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Trump’s ambassador to Germany says companies risk new U.S. sanctions

The U.S. ambassador to Germany warned a pair of industrial titans that if they continue to help Vladimir Putin‘s Russia build a new natural gas pipeline to Germany, the Trump administration might sanction them by freezing them out of future American ventures.

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Companies that ‘work to bring more Russian influence to Europe’ by helping build the Nord Stream 2 pipeline ‘may find themselves unable to also work on U.S. projects,’ Ambassador Ric Grenell told DailyMail.com. Grenell had already sent letters of caution on January 3 to BASF, the world’s largest chemical producer, and Uniper, a subsidiary of the massive power company E.ON. Both are major partners in the planned pipeline project traversing through five nations’ territorial waters along the length of the Baltic seabed. The letters declared that companies involved with the pipeline ‘are actively undermining Ukraine and Europe’s security,’ and warned of a ‘significant sanctions risk’ associated with helping Russia expand its own energy markets and destabilize Ukraine in the process. Grenell told DailyMail.com that ‘We agree with the European Parliament, the U.S. Congress and roughly 20 European countries that now is not the time to buy more Russian gas.’ Trump’s move to isolate companies helping Putin comes at a time when he’s routinely criticized in media reports for taking a soft-glove approach to the Kremlin. Reports surfaced Monday night that the president has repeatedly mused about pulling the U.S. our of NATO, a move that would persuade Putin he can pursue his interests throughout much of Europe while expecting a muted pushback. One reporter asked Trump Monday at the White House whether he had ever ‘worked for Russia.’ 

Source: LNG Global

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Global LNG-Asian prices slip, but plant outages limit losses

Asian spot prices for LNG continued to fall this week as importers in North Asia have largely finished their purchases for winter, but losses were stemmed as plants closed for maintenance.

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Spot price for March delivery to Asia LNG-AS this week slipped to $8.20 per MMBtu, down 10 cents from the previous week, trade sources said. Prices for cargoes to be delivered in the second-half of February were estimated at about $8.35 per MMBtu, they added. Several buyers in Japan and China, the two biggest LNG importers globally, said their inventories were sufficient and that spot buying for winter was largely done, although that could change if temperatures fall. While Beijing and Shanghai are expected to have above-average temperatures in the coming weeks, Tokyo and Seoul could see a few colder-than-average days, weather data from Refinitiv Eikon showed. China’s state-owned CNOOC is temporarily storing LNG in a tanker off South Korea as the warmer-than-usual winter has cut expected spot demand for the fuel, industry sources said this week. Maintenance at two major LNG export plants, both planned and unplanned, helped to keep prices from sliding further, traders said. Chevron Corp’s Gorgon LNG project in Australia has temporarily halted train 3 to address a mechanical issue, while trains 1 and 2 continued to operate as usual, a company spokesman said earlier this week. Traders did not expect big delays in exports of cargoes. At least one buyer said shipments from the plant were due to arrive on schedule. Indonesia’s Bontang LNG export plant has shut one of its production trains for maintenance until the end of January, a company official said this week. The routine maintenance, which typically takes a month, is not expected to affect exports, he added. Still, supply was ample with several spot cargoes being offered, traders said. Sources have said Angola’s LNG export plant offered a cargo for delivery over late February to early March, while Exxon Mobil Corp’s Papua New Guinea plant and Russia’s Sakhalin 2 plant sold a cargo each for February at about $8 to $8.30 per MMBtu.

https://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/global-lng-asian-prices-slip-but-plant-outages-limit-losses/

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US firm looks to fund Irish LNG terminal

New Fortress Energy, a US firm seeking to develop an LNG terminal and power station in western Ireland’s County Kerry, is hoping to generate US$400 million in a stock market flotation as it braves the IPO market during the US government shutdown.

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Ireland is looking to develop supplies of LNG to boost energy security as its own natural gas reserves become depleted. Last year the firm signed a deal to buy Shannon LNG, a project that owns the rights to develop and operate a terminal and combined heat and power station on the River Shannon near Ballylongford. The Trump administration is trying to promote the European use of LNG, which is largely produced using the environmentally ruinous fracking process. Natural gas currently provides around 30% of Ireland’s energy and is used to generate around half of its electricity, while heating around 650,000 homes. The government has made a commitment to end the use of heavily polluting peat and coal. The Irish Academy of Engineering (IAE), an independent all-Ireland organisation, said the country would need to find new sources of gas from the early 2020s when reserves at the Corrib and Kinsale fields, responsible for two-thirds of Irish needs, begin to decline. New Fortress’ pitch aims to exploit rising demand for LNG in European markets and its vertical integration could help it achieve profitable margins, the firm said. New Fortress was co-founded by Wes Edens, co-owner of Aston Villa Football Club in Birmingham, who will reportedly retain a majority stake after the flotation. According to the company prospectus, the equipment on-site will have the capacity to import and regasify more than 6 million gallons of LNG per day, the equivalent of the Republic of Ireland’s total natural gas imports. The planning permission for the terminal also includes an integrated 500-megawatt power station, with the company saying construction at the terminal would begin once it had signed “contracts with downstream customers for volumes that are sufficient to support the development”. An investment of up to €500 million is apparently required. New Fortress currently has operations in Jamaica and Miami and is set to be valued at US$3 billion in the proposed initial public offering.

https://www.energy-reporters.com/production/us-firm-looks-to-fund-irish-lng-terminal/

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Gorgon’s costly shutdown

Gorgon’s owners are in a good position to supply their customers as the loss of a third of its LNG production enters a second week, according to oil and gas consultancy Wood Mackenzie.

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A spokeswoman for Gorgon operator Chevron said the cause of the mechanical issue on train 3, first reported on January 16, was being investigated. Chevron is continuing to export LNG from two of the three 5.2 MMTPA trains on Barrow Island.

A week’s production from one Gorgon train would be worth about $75 million if the Gorgon partners realised the $US10.34 a million Btu price that Woodside averaged last quarter. The production shortfall has come when the Asian LNG market is traditionally tight because of high winter demand. Wood Mackenzie analyst Daniel Toleman said China was driving a stronger annual demand for LNG, but current consumption was less than expected because of a warm start to the north Asian winter. He said the current Japanese spot market price of about $US10 a million Btu was lower than prior winters. Mr Toleman said Gorgon’s three principal partners – Chevron, Shell and Exxon Mobil – could draw additional supply from a portfolio of LNG projects. He said had the shutdown occurred early last year when winter demand was higher than now, the loss of a Gorgon train may have had a more significant effect on the 320 MMTPA international LNG market. Wood Mackenzie estimated that the LNG supply-demand balance would tighten between 2020 and 2022 because of continuing demand growth.

Source: LNG Global

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Bangladesh scraps 15-year Liquefied Natural Gas supply deal with Swiss trader

Bangladesh has scrapped a LNG supply deal with Swiss energy trader AOT Energy, which had been close to being finalised, an official said. Bangladesh and AOT agreed on a deal in February 2018 for the supply of 1.25 MMTPA for 15 years but it was not signed.

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Since then, the country has installed its first import terminal and received its first cargoes, while prices seesawed. “The deal with AOT will not be signed,” said Mohammad Quamruzzaman, managing director of the Rupantarita Prakritik Gas Co., which is in charge of LNG supplies to the country. “The decision has already been conveyed to them.” He did not give a reason for scrapping the agreement. AOT, controlled by the investment vehicle of the late Belgian Baron Albert Frere, did not respond to requests for comments. A senior official in state-owned energy company Petrobangla said AOT could still supply Bangladesh on the spot market. Bangladesh has a 2.5 MMTPA deal with Qatar which supplies the first terminal, the Moheshkhali floating storage regasification unit (FSRU), and a 1 MMTPA deal with Oman will kick in once a second FSRU starts operations in March this year. The nation of 160 million is expected to become a major LNG importer in Asia, alongside Pakistan and India, as domestic gas supplies fall. But it has tempered its initial enthusiasm. Bangladesh has imported 0.7 MMT, or 12 cargoes, since the first FSRU began regular operations in September, according to Refinitiv Eikon data. All of them came from Qatar. Bangladesh will have an import capacity of 7.5 MMTPA although it is expected to import 2.9 MMTPA this year and 4.6 MMTPA next, according to Wood Mackenzie estimates. Bangladesh pays Qatar 12.64% of the three-month average of Brent crude oil plus $0.5 per MMBtu and Oman 11.9% of the three-month Brent crude average plus $0.4 per MMBtu.

http://www.wionews.com/south-asia/bangladesh-scraps-15-year-liquefied-natural-gas-supply-deal-with-swiss-trader-191333

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Bahrain’s first LNG terminal readies for imports as FSU arrives in Gulf

Bahrain’s first LNG floating unit arrived in the Gulf this week as the country gets ready for its maiden imports of the super-chilled fuel this year, data from Refinitiv Eikon showed. “Bahrain Spirit”, a floating storage unit (FSU) with a capacity of about 173,000 cubic meters, is currently anchored in Fujairah after docking in the United Arab Emirates region on Jan. 13, the data showed.

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The FSU is on a 20-year charter to Bahrain LNG, who is the developer of a wider receiving and regasification terminal within the Khalifa bin Salman Port facility, in Hidd, Bahrain, according to Bahrain LNG’s website. Bahrain LNG did not reply to an email requesting comment.

It is jointly owned by the National Oil and Gas Authority of Bahrain, Teekay LNG Partners, Samsung Construction and Trading and the Gulf Investment Corp. Besides the FSU, the terminal will also house an offshore LNG receiving jetty and breakwater, an adjacent regasification platform, subsea gas pipelines from the platform to shore, an onshore gas receiving facility, and an onshore nitrogen production facility, according to the website. “Bahrain LNG import terminal will provide Bahrain with both an insurance policy in case of potential shortages of gas and the ability to supplement domestic gas supplies with gas from LNG,” the website states. The LNG import terminal, which is expected to start commercial operations early this year, will allow Bahrain to import the super-chilled fuel for the small Arab state’s growing demand for natural gas to fuel large industrial projects, generate power and water and for enhanced oil recovery. The project will have a capacity of 800 million cubic feet per day.

Source: LNG Global

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Indonesia eyes LNG export to Cambodia

Indonesia has eyed export of LNG to Cambodia to meet the demand for power plants in the country, Vice President Jusuf Kalla said here. “I have talked about our economy.

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The Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources (Ignasius Jonan) and a team of PGN (the state gas firm PT Perusahaan Gas Negara) will continue the discussion in Phnom Penh and on how we can sell gas (to Cambodia),” Kalla stated. According to Kalla, the high electricity tariff in Cambodia should be seen as an opportunity for Indonesia to offer natural gas as an alternative to diesel oil for power generator. “Electricity here is very expensive, US17 cent (per KwH), while our price is 7 cent. I have explained (to Premier Hun Sen) that our minister has already talked about it and it would be continued today,” he added. Meanwhile, Jonan remarked that private electricity company has controlled 90 percent of production in Cambodia and the remaining was managed by the government. Power plants in Cambodia have used diesel oil, coal, and water for the generator, while the country has yet to have the infrastructure for gas-generated power plant. “We offer to replace diesel oil with gas. PGN has made the offer. If they agree, PGN will invest here (in Cambodia),” Jonan noted. A gas-generated power plant would need a facility of regasification to convert LNG into electricity. Therefore, Indonesia has also offered development of the regasification facility.The LNG purchased from Indonesia is expected to produce 200 MegaWatt of electricity in Cambodia, or equal to the current production from its diesel oil power plant. The production cost for diesel oil power plant could reach $20 cent per KwH, while gas power plant would only need half of it, Jonan added.

https://en.antaranews.com/news/121859/indonesia-eyes-lng-export-to-cambodia

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PetroChina selling Yamal LNG cargoes to Europe

According to Reuters, amid low Asian demand, PetroChina is selling spot LNG cargoes from Yamal LNG to Europe.

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These shipments demonstrate how Asian energy companies are gaining a growing foothold in European markets, and are expanding their role and influence worldwide as they engage in LNG transactions on a broader scale. The startup of Yamal LNG’s second and third trains, ahead of schedule, has helped PetroChina boost and stabilise its European trading presence, enabling the company to sell on LNG from its 20% share in the project’s spot volumes on a regular basis. The cargoes have been largely offered to northwest Europe during this latest winter window, drawing interest from key players such as Vitol, Trafigura, and the UK’s BP.

https://www.lngindustry.com/liquid-natural-gas/16012019/petrochina-selling-yamal-lng-cargoes-to-europe/

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Bangladesh’s second LNG terminal to start in March; supply faces hiccups

Bangladesh’s second LNG terminal is expected to start operations in mid-March though domestic pipeline constraints means it will be unable to fully supply gas demand to the country’s capital Dhaka. Summit Corp, a subsidiary of Bangladesh’s Summit Holdings, and partner Mitsubishi Corp are expected to start operations at their floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) off the country’s coast by the middle of March and ahead of schedule, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters.

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A Summit Corp spokeswoman confirmed in an emailed response that the Summit LNG terminal is on schedule, but did not elaborate. However, construction delays on a pipeline that will carry regasifed gas from the coastal city of Chattogram, near where the FSRU will be anchored, to Dhaka means that the vessel will not be fully utilised, the source said. Until the pipeline is fully connected, the FSRU will handle about 300 MMCFD of gas which will be supplied to the Chattogram area, the source said. The ship can regasify up to 500 MMCFD of LNG, according Summit’s website. Once the pipeline is completed, state-owned energy company Petrobangla will be able to send up to 1,000 MMCFD from both the Summit FSRU and a vessel operated by U.S. company Excelerate that started up in August, the source said. “Our target is to complete all the connecting gas transmission pipelines by April,” Ali Al-Mamun, managing director of the Gas Transmission Company Limited, a subsidiary of state-owned Petrobangla, told Reuters.

Summit LNG’s FSRU will anchor 6 km off the island of Moheshkali in the Cox’s Bazar district of the Chattogram division, where it will regasify LNG procured by Petrobangla. The planned LNG import volume of the project is about 3.5 MMTPA, which will double the country’s LNG import capacity to 7.5 MMTPA once fully operational.

Bangladesh has scrapped plans to build additional floating LNG terminals in favour of land-based stations after the start-up of Excelerate’s vessel was delayed by several months due to technical problems and bad weather.

Source: LNG Global

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Spain: Volkswagen joins Gasnam to boost use of CNG as a real solution

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles signed an agreement with the Iberian Gasnam association, an association that encourages the use of natural and renewable gas in both road and maritime transport, in the Iberian Peninsula. through which it renews its strong commitment to the promotion of natural gas as a real, clean and economic alternative in Spain.

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With this agreement, the automaker will contribute to the development of ECO mobility by participating actively in the Working Groups that decide the positions that will be defended before the administration to promote sustainable mobility through the use of CNG. As a preferred partner of Gasnam, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles will have 16 votes in the Board of Directors and will benefit from the numerous synergies derived from their active participation in workshops and work breakfasts, among others. Likewise, the company will join its efforts to Gasnam’s work for the widespread communication of the actions it carries out, in order to support sustainable mobility. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles already committed to natural gas-powered mobility last year with the launch of the Caddy CNG. With three variants (Furgón, Kombi and Trendline) and a 1.4 TGI engine of 110 hp, in a few months it has become the best-selling CNG commercial vehicle in Spain during 2018, with 443 vehicles delivered. In addition, thanks to its ECO label, vehicles such as Caddy CNG enjoy free access to cities such as Madrid or Barcelona in case of high pollution episodes. The Iberian Peninsula currently offers one of the fastest growing markets in terms of the adoption of natural gas as real solution to achieve a sustainable mobility.

http://www.ngvjournal.com/s1-news/c1-markets/volkswagen-joins-gasnam-to-expand-use-of-cng-as-a-real-alternative/

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Belgium increases number of CNG stations and registrations of NGVs

DATS 24, Colruyt Group’s fuel supplier, has recently opens its 63rd CNG filling station in Knokke. This is the starting signal for the opening of 25 new sites where natural gas can be refueled as part of the DATS 24 network in Flanders and Wallonia.

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Other locations include Sint-Truiden, Tienen, Sint-Pieters-Leeuw, Wommelgem and Ronse alongside Eupen, Beyne-Heusay, Basecles, Ath, Thuin, Frameries, Amay, Nivelles and Tournai. Natural gas cars are always affordable, can be used by everyone and straightaway, contributing towards better air quality. The effect of this is that an increasing number of natural gas vehicles are being registered in Belgium. By 2020, the number of CNG stations in Belgium is expected to increase from 110 to 170. In addition to DATS 24, almost all other fuel suppliers have started constructing CNG facilities at their filling stations. In Europe, CNG is making rapid progress too, with ambitious expansion plans in France (+250), Spain (+300), Germany (+1,000) and Italy (+300), among other countries.Maarten Van Houdenhove, PR manager of DATS 24, added: “There is finally more movement in the market, and we are happy about that. In addition to Volkswagen, Seat, Skoda, Audi, Fiat and Opel brands, Ssangyong (Tivoli and XLV with the CNG engine ex works) and Toyota now offer attractive models that run on CNG.  Toyota’s hybrid models Auris, RAV 4 and C-HR are kitted out by Toyata itself with a CNG system.”

According to FOD Mobiliteit (Federal Public Service Mobility and Transport), around 4,000 CNG cars were registered in 2018. Add to that vans and trucks, and you get 5,000 vehicles: roughly double the number in 2017. At the end of 2018, 14,200 CNG vehicles and 11,900 electric vehicles were on Belgian roads.

http://www.ngvjournal.com/s1-news/c4-stations/belgium-increases-number-of-cng-stations-and-registrations-of-ngvs/

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Emirates Transport converted over 1,300 vehicles to natural gas in 2018

Al Etihad Centre, a subsidiary of Emirates Transport (ET) which specializes in converting vehicles to operate on CNG, has announced it has modified 1,325 vehicles during 2018. The Centre, which serves a mixed clientele from both the government and private sectors including ministries, police departments, taxi companies, as well as individual motorists, was first opened in 2010 and has since modified more than 10,000 vehicles to the bi-fuel petrol/CNG system.

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Abdelhakim Said Abdelhakim, manager of Al Etihad Centre, stated that the number of modified vehicles during last year represents a strong 21% increase compared to the figure in the same period of 2017, which stood at 1,050. He said the steady increase in demand for CNG conversions is partly due to increasing awareness about its economic and environmental benefits. “Operators of transport fleets, as well as individuals, can recoup their initial conversion costs within approximately eight months, depending on the distances covered, which of course can be an attractive proposition,” added Abdelhakim. The Centre’s list of clients includes the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Climate Change and the Environment, the Municipality of Abu Dhabi, DP World, the Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority and a number of Dubai Driving Schools. In March of last year ET announced the launch of the first CNG operated forklift in the UAE.

http://www.ngvjournal.com/s1-news/c1-markets/emirates-transport-converted-over-1300-vehicles-to-natural-gas-in-2018/

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Argentina approves regulation to import natural gas vehicles

The National Regulatory Entity of Gas (Enargas) announced that it approved the new regulatory framework for the qualification of imported passenger and cargo transportation vehicles that use CNG or LNG as fuel.

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The new initiative seeks to adapt the regulatory framework to new automotive technologies and generate an Argentine Gas Standard (NAG) to support the qualification of imported vehicles, reports the news agency Télam. For this, the entity approved NAG 451 standard on “Procedure for the qualification of imported vehicles, powered by natural gas”, according to Enargas 42/2019 Resolution. The purpose of this new regulation is to establish the procedure to enable the supply of natural gas as fuel in imported vehicles, manufactured outside of Argentina, and thus meet the new demand for CNG and LNG. The development of this type of vehicles constitutes a worldwide trend with regard to the use of fuels and a transition of the secondary energy grid towards cleaner and more efficient solutions. So, with this measure, the consumption of natural gas as a vehicle fuel is expected to increase, helping reduce the use of other imported liquid fuels. Enargas explained that this regulation “was promoted with the aim of improving environmental conditions, particularly in areas of high urban concentration, safely using an energy resource that, in the medium term, could be abundant in the country.” For its proper use, it is necessary to have “certified technologies through national regulations and international standards, applicable in countries with a recognized track record, in the use of natural gas as a vehicle fuel”, highlighted Enargas.

http://www.ngvjournal.com/s1-news/c3-vehicles/argentina-approves-regulatory-framework-to-import-natural-gas-vehicles/

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European food company uses Iveco CNG trucks for German deliveries

With the purchase of five Allison-equipped CNG vehicles, Transgourmet is making another step toward becoming the most sustainable company in the German food industry.

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The food wholesaler has added CNG Iveco Stralis NP trucks (four 18-ton Iveco Stralis NP type AD190S33/FP CNG 4×2 and one 26-ton Iveco Stralis NP type AD260S33Y/FS CNG 6×2), equipped with Allison 3000 Series™ transmissions and a Cursor 8 Euro 6 engine that delivers 243 kW (325 hp). The NGVs are on the route in Ulm and are used in the city and its surrounding area. Allison Automatics are ideal for natural gas engines that have to endure the heavy start-stop duty cycles of urban distribution vehicles. Allison’s torque converter technology supports the natural gas engine during vehicle start-ability by smoothly multiplying the engine torque and delivering more power to the wheels. Thus, the vehicles provide the best performance and use the fuel most efficiently. With Allison’s Continuous Power Technology™ the vehicles can easily swim with the traffic, because power interrupts are eliminated. Since last year, Transgourmet has transported its extensive product portfolio to hotels, restaurants, canteens, group catering events and other customers with its new natural gas trucks on topographically demanding routes, with a daily average of around 200 kilometers. According to Iveco, the vehicles cover distances of up to 550 kilometers depending on the tank volume and only have to be refueled once every second day, even though the cooling unit is also powered by the vehicle’s engine.

http://www.ngvjournal.com/s1-news/c3-vehicles/european-catering-company-uses-iveco-stralis-np-trucks-for-german-deliveries/

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Uniper and accelerate Titan LNG to jointly LNG as transport fuel

Uniper SE and the Dutch Titan LNG have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to accelerate the growth of Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) as a fuel in the downstream markets for road fuel and shipping fuel in Germany, also for industry. Small-scale LNG players will be targeted.

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The MoU parties are planning to develop a user-friendly technical interface and commercial products for small-scale LNG players from the Wilhelmshaven Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) for LNG. The terminal in Wilhelmshaven will enable the loading of small LNG seagoing vessels and barges. In addition, several truck loading bays are planned to enable the onward transport of LNG by road. The distribution of LNG by truck from Wilhelmshaven is seen as an important impulse for the establishment of LNG as truck fuel. Numerous LNG filling stations are currently under construction in Germany. Compared to diesel, LNG will significantly reduce CO2 emissions. In addition, no particles will be emitted and nitrogen and sulfur oxide emissions will be greatly reduced. The German Federal Government supports logistics companies with subsidies and the toll-free use of German roads for LNG-powered trucks. Titan LNG and Uniper have been leading suppliers in the small-scale LNG market segment for years. In Wilhelmshaven, Uniper can use existing infrastructure. It is the only German site with a deep-water port and can be reached without tidal constraints. In addition, Wilhelmshaven is ideally located with regard to the existing pipeline and gas storage infrastructure.

http://www.ngvglobal.com/blog/uniper-and-titan-lng-to-jointly-accelerate-lng-as-transport-fuel-0117

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40 new CNG stations to go operational next month

National Iranian Oil Products Distribution Company (NIOPDC) will put 40 new compressed natural gas (CNG) filling stations into operation throughout the country during the Ten-Day Dawn (February 1-10, marking the victory anniversary of the Islamic Revolution), 

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Hamid Qasemi Deh-Cheshmeh, director for CNG project of NIOPDC, announced. He said with these new stations coming on stream, the number of CNG stations in Iran will reach 2,449, Shana reported on Wednesday, January 23.

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/431955/40-new-CNG-stations-to-go-operational-next-month

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Iran reaches for 2,500 CNG filling stations

The number of Iran’s compressed natural gas (CNG) stations is planned to reach 2,489 by late February, reports Iran’s Petroenergy Information Network. Hamid Ghasemi DehCheshmeh, director of the CNG Project of the National Iranian Oil Products Distribution Company (NIOPDC), said 40 new stations would come online during the 40 anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.

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Mr. Ghasemi said that 11 of the stations would become operational in the capital city of Tehran. He further added that 128 CNG stations were being constructed across the country, adding that once all of the stations became operational, the number of CNG stations would exceed 2,500 in the country. During the current Iranian calendar year which began on March 21, 86 CNG stations were constructed by private sector investment.

http://www.ngvglobal.com/blog/iran-reaches-for-2500-cng-filling-stations-0117

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NGVi launches online CNG fuel system inspector training

Natural Gas Vehicle Institute (NGVi), a North American provider of technical training for the compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry, has unveiled CNG fuel system inspector training as an e-learning option.

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The course is a complete and interactive version of NGVi’s instructor-led training. According to NGVi, the new e-learning course provides technicians an accessible and convenient way to learn how to conduct thorough CNG fuel system inspections by adhering to all applicable codes, standards and industry best practices. It also helps prepare technicians for the CNG Fuel System Inspector Certification Exam, which allows them to become NGVi-certified CNG fuel system inspectors. Offering CNG fuel system inspector training in both e-learning and instructor-led formats gives fleet and dealer service managers maximum flexibility to get the training they need for their technicians,” says Annalloyd Thomason, co-founder and general manager of NGVi. “For managers with smaller numbers of technicians to train, it saves travel time and costs associated with sending technicians to a public training class and allows learners to break up training according to their work schedule,” Thomason continues. “For managers who need to train larger groups, it eliminates the downtime hardships of trying to schedule group training without disabling an entire shop for two days.”

https://ngtnews.com/ngvi-launches-online-cng-fuel-system-inspector-training

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Spain: Endesa will build a CNG station for Valladolid bus fleet

The Board of Directors of AUVASA (Valladolid bus operator) awarded ENDESA Energía S.A.U. the contract for the installation, management and maintenance of a natural gas station, whose construction period is six months, as well as the supply of the fuel.

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The estimated value of the 5 CNG supply contract is close to 4 million euros, with a duration of five years from the availability of all authorizations needed for the start of the effective activity. In September 2018, the City of Valladolid approved a five-year plan for the adoption of CNG in the municipal fleet, including the addition in that period of 20 trucks for garbage collection service and 30 urban transport buses (all powered by natural gas) by AUVASA, with a total investment in vehicles of about 15.5 million euros. This plan is part of the planning and programming strategy of two essential services in Valladolid, such as the waste collection and urban passenger transport, as well as of the allocation of resources in accordance with the principles of efficiency and effectiveness, aligning with the purposes and principles of Law 34/2007 on air quality and protection of the environment, to minimize the negative effects of air pollution. Since the middle of 2015, AUVASA has been in an essential and unavoidable process for the renewal of its bus fleet, assuming this tender for the supply of CNG a definitive step in the consolidation of this process, clearly betting on this technology, with the environmental and economic advantages that this entails. In this extremely encouraging scenario for sustainable mobility, where more and more Spanish transport fleets add vehicles powered by natural gas, AltFuels Iberia 2019 will take place on 11-14 June at IFEMA Trade Center, Madrid. It will be an event consisting of first level conferences and exhibition of vehicles of all kinds, refueling stations, components, plants, road and marine engines, as well as the entire universe of the alternative fuels industry with the latest technological developments, multiple options for networking, business and new advances.

http://www.ngvjournal.com/s1-news/c4-stations/spain-endesa-will-build-a-cng-station-for-valladolid-buses/

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NGVAmerica serves up natural gas vehicle Fact Sheets

NGVAmerica has released four new fact sheets touting the benefits of using natural gas for heavy-duty trucks, school buses, and refuse and transit vehicles. NGVAmerica says the new information comes as states are distributing their shares of the $2.9 billion Environmental Mitigation Trust funding established as part of the Volkswagen emissions settlement.

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“Volkswagen Trust funding offers a game-changing opportunity to accelerate the adoption and use of the cleanest medium- and heavy-duty engine on the market today, fueled by American natural gas,” says Daniel Gage, NGVAmerica’s president. “These public/private investments should be prioritized to achieve the greatest and most cost-effective reductions in NOx emissions to offset the environmental damage done, replacing dirty Class 4-8 diesel-powered trucks and buses with zero-emission equivalent Ultra Low-NOx vehicles powered by geologic and renewable natural gas.” According to NGVAmerica, 47 states have issued fund distribution plans to date, and 38 are final. Several states have already opened applications for VW grant programs using the $2.9 billion in available resources for new vehicle purchases and replacements. First-round funding applications are currently being accepted in Idaho, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri and New Jersey.

https://ngtnews.com/ngvamerica-serves-up-natural-gas-vehicle-fact-sheets

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Natural gas, the solution to tackle shortage of gasoline in Mexico

2019 has started with a shortage of gasoline in the states of Puebla, Michoacan, Guanajuato, Queretaro, Hidalgo, Nuevo Leon, Jalisco, Coahuila, Mexico State and now Mexico City, where service stations are reporting the lack of liquid fuels.

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This has generated panic buying among the population, forced the stations to sell their reserves and led consumers to wait for 4 hours to fill their tanks. The current president of Mexico Andrés Manuel López Obrador said the shortage comes from a change in the supply of this type of hydrocarbons: “More than what is related to the illegal distribution of gasoline to the outlets, the shortage has to do also with the change that occurred to transport fuel by pipelines, the use of pipelines to reduce fuel theft,” he explained. For more than ten years, there are vehicles running on CNG in the country. Several national and state entities have programs in which the owners of freight, passenger and private use vehicles are encouraged to switch to natural gas, in order to achieve better air quality and significant savings. In addition, the Secretariat of Energy (SENER) indicated that the demand for natural gas in the transport sector has increased by 40% due to the 15.2% increase in the vehicle fleet that uses this fuel. Currently there are some 50 CNG service stations in Mexico, and the figure is expected to rise exponentially in the next five years due to higher prices in traditional fuels, as well as the strategies to reduce their theft. The challenges and opportunities of alternative fuels such as natural gas, as well as the current industry scenario, will be addressed at AltFuels Mexico 2019, which will be held on 11-14 March at the World Trade Center of Mexico City.

http://www.ngvjournal.com/s1-news/c1-markets/natural-gas-for-vehicles-will-help-tackle-shortage-of-gasoline-in-mexico/

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LNG as a Marine Fuel/Bunkering/ LNG Shipping

Qatar energy minister says plans to order 60 new LNG carriers: South Korea

South Korea’s presidential office said on Monday that Qatar’s energy minister outlined plans during a bilateral summit for Doha to order 60 new liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers.

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The energy minister, Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, who also serves as deputy chairman of Qatar Petroleum, said he expects cooperation with experienced Korean shipbuilders on constructing the LNG carriers, according to a statement issued by South Korea’s presidential office. Financial details of the plan weren’t disclosed. Speaking during a luncheon after the summit, the chief executive of South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co said most of the LNG carriers owned by Qatar were built by Korea’s top three shipbuilders. He said he hoped South Korean would be considered a primary option for building new LNG carriers for Qatar.

https://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/qatar-energy-minister-says-plans-to-order-60-new-lng-carriers-south-korea/

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Coral Methane first LNG bunkering operation 

On January 16, 2019, Coral Methane, the world’s first small scale combined LNG/LPG/LEG carrier,  successfully carried out her first LNG bunkering operation on the LNG powered cruise ship at Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the Canary Islands according to Anthony Veder.  

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The Coral Methane fueled AIDAnova, the newest ship from AIDA Cruises, which can be powered at sea and in port by LNG.  Coral Methane is a 7,500 cbm vessel that has been modified from an ethylene/LNG carrier to an LNG bunker vessel for Shell, who are supplying the LNG.

 “We believe LNG is today’s most sustainable marine fuel. The delivery of Coral Methane as an LNG bunker vessel, in partnership with Shell, underlines our dedication to LNG and marks the next step in our contribution to a sustainable supply chain,” says Klaas Kerssemakers, Chief Operating Officer of Anthony Veder. “The success of this project is due to an excellent cooperation with all parties involved, from engineering phase up to and including our first LNG bunkering the operation.”

Source: LNG Global

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Ice-class LNG bunkering vessel under development in Singapore

Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M), through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Keppel Singmarine Pte Ltd (Keppel Singmarine) and Keppel Shipyard Ltd (Keppel Shipyard), has signed contracts worth a combined value of about S$300 million for the design and construction of an ice-class LNG bunker vessel, refurbishment of a Floating Production Storage and Offloading vessel (FPSO), and 65 scrubber retrofit projects.

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 “These new contracts are testament to Keppel O&M’s expertise in the building, upgrading and conversion of a wide range of vessels. They also extend our track record in refurbishment and modification projects, which are a core part of our business,” said Chris Ong, CEO, Keppel O&M. “Keppel O&M also stands ready with a suite of advanced and cost-effective solutions such as scrubber retrofits and LNG-fueled vessels, as the International Maritime Organization implements the 0.5% global sulfur cap on marine fuel from January 2020.” The first contract is by Keppel Singmarine with Shturman Koshelev LLC for the design and construction of an ice-class LNG bunker vessel. When completed in 4Q 2020, the vessel will be chartered to Gazpromneft Marine Bunker Ltd (Gazpromneft) for operations in the Baltic Sea. The contract complies with applicable sanctions. To be built to the MTD 5800V LNG design, a proprietary design of Keppel O&M’s ship design and development arm, Marine Technology Development (MTD), the vessel will have an Ice Class Arc 4 notation and a cargo capacity of 5,800 m3. This project leverages Keppel O&M’s strong track record in ice-class vessels, experience in cryogenics, and comprehensive suite of solutions along the natural gas value chain. Keppel O&M has delivered 11 ice-class vessels to-date and is currently building LNG-fueled vessels including South East Asia’s first LNG bunkering vessel.

http://www.ngvjournal.com/s1-news/c7-lng-h2-blends/ice-class-lng-bunker-vessel-under-development-in-singapore/

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

Seattle International Airport switches to renewable natural gas

The Port of Seattle’s latest environmental innovation is pushing to make Seattle-Tacoma (Sea-Tac) International Airport the nation’s first airport heated entirely by renewable natural gas. The Port announced a Request for Proposals, calling for renewable natural gas service to supply the airport’s boilers and bus fueling system, which is responsible for more than 80% of the Port-owned emissions. 

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“The Port can play a major role in creating a renewable natural gas market because we offer a stable, long-term use of natural gas,” said Arlyn Purcell, Director of Aviation Environment and Sustainability, Port of Seattle. “If we can attract a project developer to supply the airport, this will spur more opportunities to feed the current gas pipeline with biomethane rather than have landfills or digesters flare the gas on-site or allowing their methane emissions to escape into the air.” The Port of Seattle has adopted aggressive greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals under its Century Agenda, with the aim to cut GHG emissions from its own operations by 50% from 2005 levels by 2030 and to be carbon neutral or carbon negative by 2050. Using biomethane would put the Port ahead of its 2030 goal, and well on the way to achieving the 2050 goal. In addition, the Port of Seattle’s top legislative priority is advocating for a clean fuel standard for the state of Washington in the upcoming legislative session.

How much the project will cost or where the biomethane would be sourced from will depend on the proposals the Port receives. If proposers offer a full replacement of the Port’s natural gas supply, it will result in greenhouse gas emissions reductions of 18,000 metric tons per year. This reduction is equivalent to the emissions from 4,500 cars or 900 U.S. households.

http://www.ngvjournal.com/s1-news/c1-markets/seattle-tacoma-international-airport-switches-to-renewable-natural-gas/

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Spain: Chiclana’s municipal fleet speeds up transition to biomethane

The mayor of Chiclana José María Román headed the presentation of the new Volkswagen Caddy Trendline, acquired by Chiclana Natural, the third biogas powered vehicle that joins the municipal company’s fleet.

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The 110 HP van will provide service to the Municipal Delegation for the Environment. The other two NGVs (one Fiat Dobló and another identical to the newly added) service the Chiclana Natural’s Water Department. The acquisition of the three has been carried out in the modality of renting. The biogas is generated in the WWTP of Torno, through the All Gas project, led by Aqualia. With this addition, there are already seven vehicles powered by biogas supplied experimentally by the All Gas project. Thus, the three vehicles serving Chiclana Natural are joined by other four operated by Aqualia (the first was launched in May 2016), to perform fuel tests that have been made since the size real algae cultivation railways came into operation. “Ten years ago they presented us with a project, in which, through the treatment plant waters, algae could be grown to produce biogas. And the place chosen was Chiclana because of the saline space in which the purification station is located. However, we did not know what was going to happen,” said the mayor. “The result of this project is being a success, because there are already seven vehicles that are running on biogas from the Chiclana wastewater treatment process.”

http://www.ngvjournal.com/s1-news/c3-vehicles/spain-chiclanas-municipal-fleet-speeds-up-transition-to-biomethane-vehicles/

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French village breaks ground on new H2 station, will serve FEBUS system

The construction works of the refueling station have started to prepare the way for FEBUS, the first worldwide BRT system using hydrogen fuel cell buses. The project is located in Pau, in southwestern France. In addition to the hydrogen refueling infrastructure, the bus depot will be reshuffled and a new maintenance workshop will be built. The station will provide 100% green fuel: hydrogen will be produced 100% locally with 100% renewable electricity.

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 The daily production capacity will be 174 to 268 kg of hydrogen. The facility will be operated by ENGIE/GNVERT and will include an ITM Power electrolyzer. The BRT system, operated by SMTU (Syndicat Mixte de Transports Urbains), will feature eight Van Hool Exqui.City hydrogen-powered buses (three co-financed by the 3Emotion project and five by the JIVE project), which will have a minimum range of 240 km and will be able to transport 1,000 passengers/hour: this equals the same performance as a tramway with 4 times less investment. The first vehicles will be operational in September 2019. The FEBUS project is part of the JIVE2 project, which is co-funded by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No 779563.

http://www.ngvjournal.com/s1-news/c4-stations/hydrogen-station-under-construction-to-serve-febus-project-in-france/

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Hydrogen-CNG production may soon begin in Delhi

The Delhi government and the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) set to sign an agreement for setting up a gas compact reformer.

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If smoothly executed, Delhi will become the first Indian city where trials to use clean fuel in public buses will be conducted. Production of hydrogen-CNG fuel, which releases up to 70% less carbon monoxide than conventional CNG, is likely to soon begin in the capital, with the Delhi government and the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) set to sign an agreement for setting up a gas compact reformer. If the project sees smooth execution, Delhi will become the first Indian city and join a select league of global cities where trials to use this clean fuel in public buses have been conducted. The Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) had submitted a report in the apex court, pitching for its roll out. Following the agreement, a draft of which is being vetted currently, the Delhi Transport Department will release an amount of Rs 15 crore from the Supreme Court-monitored ECC (Environment Compensation Charge) fund  a green tax imposed on commercial vehicles entering the city. As against CNG, cost is estimated to increase by Rs 0.75 per km, it added. As of January 20, CNG in the capital costs Rs 44.30/kg. So far, H-CNG trials have been conducted in the US, Canada, Brazil and South Korea.

https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/delhi/hydrogen-cng-production-may-soon-begin-in-delhi-5547570/

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Saudi Aramco, Air Products agree to build first hydrogen vehicle fueling station

The station is expected to be operational in the second quarter of 2019.

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They will also establish a fleet of fuel cell vehicles supplied by Toyota. DUBAI: Saudi Aramco and Air Products and Chemicals Inc said on Friday they agreed to jointly build the first hydrogen fuel cell vehicle fueling station in Saudi Arabia. The station is expected to be operational in the second quarter of 2019. They will also establish a fleet of fuel cell vehicles supplied by Toyota.

https://energy.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/oil-and-gas/saudi-aramco-air-products-agree-to-build-first-hydrogen-vehicle-fueling-station/67685204

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