NGS’ NG/LNG SNAPSHOT – FEBRUARY 2019, VOLUME II

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Any Gas policy changes to push up prices, hit city gas distributors

INDRAPRASTHA GAS & MAHANAGAR among others face a hit on volumes and higher share of expensive imports if govt stops allocation of low-priced domestic gas to them. The proposal by a high-powered committee to the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MoPNG) to withdraw the facility of allocating low-priced domestic gas is likely to impact city gas distributors (CGD) including Indraprashtra Gas (IGL), Mahanagar Gas (MGL), and Gujarat Gas. 

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The proposal may result in 40-45% jump in gas prices thereby reducing the attractiveness of alternative fuels. Compressed natural gas (CNG) is 31-36% cheaper than Petrol and diesel. The risk of volume contraction will be the highest for IGL as its domestic gas accounts for more than 75% of its sales volume. The withdrawal of the facility would force CGD companies to increase the proportion of higher priced imported gas. The imported gas costs around ₹37.8 per kg, nearly double that of the domestic gas. Under the current arrangement, the CGD companies get nearly 110% of the previous year’s consumption of CNG and PNG as firm allocation for the next fiscal. Past data shows a direct correlation of CGD volume growth and the extent of allocation of the lowpriced domestic gas. IGL’s volume had fallen in single digit between FY13 and FY14 when it increased the share of imported gas which resulted in 80% increase in CNG price. The government later administered 100% domestic gas allocation at the end of 2013 and volumes gradually increased since then. IGL and MGL volumes are expected to grow by 12.8% and 9.6% in FY19 respectivly after growing by 12.9% and 5.1% in the previous fiscal. Analysts expect that the government may not take the risk of steep price hike ahead of the general election. However, CGD companies may have to increase the proportion of imported gas over the long-term.

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/markets/stocks/news/any-gas-policy-changes-to-push-up-prices-hit-city-distributors/articleshow/68002025.cms

 

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IOC, Adani, HPCL biggest bidders for city gas licenses

About 225 bids were received. State-owned Indian Oil Corp (IOC) has emerged as the biggest bidder for city gas licencesin the 10th bid round that also saw Adani Group, Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL) and Indraprastha Gas Ltd as the other prominent bidders,

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according to oil regulator PNGRB.IOC, the country’s top oil refiner and fuel marketing company that is looking to diversify into natural gas distribution business big time, bid for licences to retail CNG to automobiles and piped natural gas to households in 35 out of the 50 cities put on offer for the 10th round and another seven in partnership with Adani Gas.Adani Gas bid for 19 cities on its own and seven in partnerships with IOC. HPCL emerged as the third largest bidder, putting in bids for 24 towns and cities while Gujarat-based Torrent Gas applied for 20 areas. Indraprastha Gas Ltd, which retails CNG and piped cooking gas in the national capital, put in bids for 15 areas while Bharat Gas Resources Ltd, a subsidiary of state-owned Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd (BPCL), bid for 14 cities.State-owned GAIL India Ltd put in bids for just 10 areas through its subsidiary GAIL Gas Ltd. In the last bid round, it had managed to bag just 5 out of the 86 Geographical Areas (GAs) put on offer.Sholagasco Pvt Ltd bid for 9 out of the 50 GAs put on offer in the 10th round while Gujarat Gas bid for seven and Petronet LNG Ltd put in bids for five areas.Eight out of the 50 GAs received single bids, with IOC being the only applicant for six areas in Bihar and Jharkhand while other two single bidders were Bharat Gas Resources Ltd and GAIL Gas Ltd for one area each.Together with past rounds, CGD network would now extend to 400 districts, covering 70 per cent of the population. Cities offered in the 10th round include Nellore in Andhra Pradesh, Muzaffarpur in Bihar, Kaithal in Haryana, Mysore and Gulbarga in Karnataka, Allapuza and Kollam in Kerala, Ujjain, Gwalior and Morena in Madhya Pradesh, Jhansi and Basti in Uttar Pradesh, Firozpur and Hoshiarpur in Punjab, Ajmer and Jalor in Rajasthan, Nainital in Uttarakhand and Darjeeling and Howrah in West Bengal.

https://energy.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/oil-and-gas/ioc-adani-hpcl-biggest-bidders-for-city-gas-licences/67936310

 

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PPP in clean fuel business: Dharmendra Pradhan launches guidelines for DODO model CNG stations in India

In line with the vision of the government to make the country a Gas based economy, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas; Skill Development & Entrepreneurship today launched the common general guidelines for setting up of Dealer Owned Dealer Operated (DODO) CNG stations in India.

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The guidelines were launched in the sidelines of Petrotech 2019, Greater Noida, in the presence of heads and senior officials of all major organisations in oil and gas sector including CGD companies through release of a booklet.Most of the City Gas Distribution (CGD) entities run by central public sector undertakings will execute these guidelines for further setting up of CNG stations on DODO model in the country. Speaking on the occasion, Hon’ble Minister Shri Pradhan reiterated the vision of Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister to make India a gas based economy and said that Petroleum & Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) has redefined and has been providing an excellent regulatory support for the operators in the sector today. The journey of CGD started with less than 100 districts, now the CGD reach has come up to 400 Districts on the completion of 10th Round of PNGRB Bidding.On its part, the dealer will have to arrange all the permissions to setup CNG Station including change of land use, necessary clearance, license, etc. at own expense and cost. The day to day operation of the equipment as well as of CNG retail outlet including dispensing of gas and general maintenance shall be the responsibility of the appointed dealer. The dealer shall be paid commission by the concerned CGD entity as per the sales achieved based on the fixed dealer commission. It is expected that these general guidelines shall add fillip to the CNG business in the country as easy availability of CNG across the country shall encourage more people to switch to eco-friendly and economical CNG.

https://www.timesnownews.com/business-economy/economy/article/ppp-in-clean-fuel-business-dharmendra-pradhan-launches-guidelines-for-dodo-model-cng-stations-in-india/363846

 

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EPCA issues directive on vehicles in Delhi-NCR

All vehicles in Delhi-NCR should be affixed with colour-coded stickers and high security registration plates (HSRP) by October, the Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) said on Thursday, January 31.

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Colour-coded vehicles will help identify vehicles based on their fuel type. Hologram-based light blue stickers will be used on vehicles using petrol and CNG fuel,  while diesel-run vehicles will sport an orange sticker. HSRP is a chromium-based hologram applied by hot-stamping number plates both in the front and back, besides laser-branding of a permanent identification number.The move aims to fight pollution, especially during winters, when a particular type of vehicle can be banned based on its fuel type. In a meeting, chaired by EPCA chairperson Bhure Lal, with NCR State authorities and members from the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), the apex body representing all major vehicles and vehicular engine manufacturers in India, he directed all old and new vehicles to affix colour-coded stickers by October.“The EPCA would like to get Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan to notify the options and time frame under which they will ensure that all old four-wheelers get colour-coded stickers and HSRP,” said EPCA member Sunita Narain.Only 76,000 of 50 lakh four-wheelers registered in Delhi have already been affixed with both HSRP and stickers.

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/epca-issues-directive-on-vehicles-in-delhi-ncr/article26143618.ece

 

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Delhi: 1,000 electric low-floor buses to be added by July

Delhi government informed the apex court that 1,000 electrical buses will be added to Delhi’s public transport fleet, paving way for yet another measure in the drive to make Delhi pollution-free. 

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In all, the Delhi government informed that 3,000 buses will be inducted into the city’s public transport fleet before September 2019. This will include 1000 low-floor CNG non-AC buses by May 2019, another 1000 low-floor CNG AC buses by September 2019 and 1000 electric low-floor buses by July 2019. Since the technology used in electric buses is rarely used across the country, the Delhi government has already appointed a consultant to guide them on the use of this technology and tenders are expected to be floated by end of this month.At present, electric buses are in vogue in Himachal Pradesh and few in Mumbai while Bengaluru and Hyderabad have placed orders for inducting 100 such buses. But Delhi will be the first city to induct electric buses in such large numbers.The techno-financial assessment report of these buses was received on January 10 this year which is expected to be finalized shortly, the affidavit said. Once this is done, the said report will be circulated for inter-departmental consultation before the final proposal is placed in the Delhi Cabinet.The Court had insisted on strict timelines for implementation of a slew of measures to free Delhi from pollution and congestion. The Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) had recommended electric buses as a viable green option other than CNG.

https://www.dnaindia.com/delhi/report-delhi-1000-electric-low-floor-buses-to-be-added-by-july-2716206

 

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Convert old vehicles into EVs is the answer to check pollution

Piyush Gupta, director of Lithion Power, told DNA Money that every old vehicle in India can be converted into EVs as the technology is so simple and cost-effective. India is already the second-largest e-vehicles market, particularly three-wheelers and two-wheelers for last mile connectivity.

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But the overall number is still small compared to diesel and petrol vehicles in the country.So, Gupta said the alternate way by which India can go electric is to first convert more than seven million old three-wheelers, several million trucks and buses and more than 10 million cars, which are more than ten years old. Retrofitting these widely used vehicles can be a fantastic solution for India, he added.Gupta said the conversion of three-wheeler into an electric vehicle can be done in less than Rs 50,000 and that of a four-wheeler for Rs one lakh or so. The conversion cost is comparable to that of converting petrol and diesel vehicles into LPG or CNG vehicles. A ten-year-old vehicle can run for another decade after conversion.As a technology demonstrator, Gupta said he has in his garage, along with his team, retrofitted into EVs a Suzuki cargo van, three-wheelers, both cargo and transport, Hero Honda motorcycles, and Tata Ace vehicles. He is also currently supporting companies doing the same for buses, trucks and mainstream cars.Gupta, who has done a study along with IIT Kharagpur, said EVs reduce overall pollution by 25-30%. Gupta, who himself is an engineer from IIT Kharagpur, said EVs reduce the cost of transportation significantly by almost 50% and drastically reduce the oil import bill. India imports over $120 billion worth of oil as 80% of the requirement is met through imports.Charging infrastructure, however, will take time to develop, but this problem could be tackled by setting up battery swap stations all over. This will also be cost effective.If the source of electricity is cleaner than thermal like hydro-electric, solar and wind power, then the numbers in the emission level from EV will definitely go down. In India, there are already over 15 lakh e-rickshaws in the country, which is worth over $8 billion

https://www.dnaindia.com/automobile/report-convert-old-vehicles-into-evs-is-the-answer-to-check-pollution-2714450[Edited]

 

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Japanese hybrid cars to hit Indian roads in 2021

Suzuki Motor Corp., Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. have started developing strong or full hybrid cars for India and are expected to introduce them by the end of 2021, said two people with direct knowledge of the development.

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The Japanese automakers have been encouraged by the Union government’s assurance that it will not differentiate between hybrid and electric vehicles while offering financial incentives to makers of eco-friendly vehicles.The carmakers are expected to initially offer the hybrid technology in locally produced midsize sedans, the people cited above said, requesting anonymity.Japanese companies have been mostly focusing on petrol-electric hybrids, despite a rising global trend towards battery-powered electric vehicles. The companies are now collectively lobbying the Indian government to extend financial incentives offered on electric vehicles to hybrid vehicles as well. They argue that hybrid vehicles are more fuel-efficient than those that run on petrol and diesel, while emitting substantially less carbon.Toyota and Suzuki are working on how to make their hybrid cars more affordable for India and, now with the government changing its stance on hybrids, the companies are confident of securing incentives for their vehicles.“It’s likely that both the companies will introduce this (hybrid) technology through a product in the sedan segment and (this) will be around 2021–2022,” said the second person.A spokesperson for Maruti Suzuki declined to comment. Atsushi Oki, vice-president of Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt. Ltd, declined to elaborate on the collaboration with Suzuki. “Details on each model such as the schedule of the start of supply, number of supplied units, vehicle specifications, etc. are currently under discussion,” said Oki. {Edited}

https://www.livemint.com/auto-news/japanese-hybrid-cars-to-hit-indian-roads-in-2021-1549222570138.html

 

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PM likely to inaugurate three CNG fuel stations in Patna on March 3

PM Narendra Modi is likely to inaugurate three newly built fuel stations on March 3 for the supply of compressed natural gas (CNG) in the state capital. 

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GAIL sources said the three stations at Raja Bazar, Bypass Road and Naubatpur are almost ready to supply CNG.  Sources also said around 5,000 households, commercial entities and hospitals in the city have registered for piped natural gas (PNG) supply. The areas to be covered in the first phase of PNG supply include Jagdeo Path, Boring Road, AIIMS-Patna and BIT-Patna.According to GAIL sources, a person willing to get PNG supply for domestic and commercial purposes has to fill up a registration form and attach residential proof and a photo. “A person will have to pay Rs5,000 as security deposit beforehand to the authorities concerned to get PNG supply for domestic purposes. The commercial entities registering for the PNG supply will have to deposit a higher security amount. The commercial entities will be using imported gas supply whereas the households will get supply for domestic purposes at a subsidized rate,” a senior GAIL official said., GAIL sources said people who want to get CNG-aided kit planted in their vehicles will have to pay around Rs50,000. “Around 300 to 400 CNG aided autorickshaws will be distributed by the automobile companies on the inaugural day,” a GAIL official said.

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/patna/pm-likely-to-inaugurate-three-cng-fuel-stations-on-march-3/articleshowprint/67872934.cms

 

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Kerala State Road Transport Corporation plans CNG for clean Kochi

Kochi: Despite the government direction to replace its fleet by electric buses in a phased manner. 

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The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation has not shelved its plan to deploy more CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) buses and converting a section of its buses to LNG (Liquified Natural Gas) fuel mode in Kochi where air quality is getting worse by the day. A sub-committee headed by principal secretary (transport) K.R. Jyothilal, formed to study and submit a report on converting of KSRTC buses to natural gas as fuel from diesel, is expected to submit its report in a month.Petronet LNG has promised to bear the conversion cost of 100 KSRTC buses. The sub-committee will also examine supply network of CNG and LNG in the state.The RTC is successfully operating a CNG bus in the Ernakulam region for the last one year.”The CNG service from Aluva depot rakes in over Rs 10,000 per day with comparatively lower operational expense to diesel buses,” the official said.Similarly, the State Water Transport Department is all set to deploy an LNG boat on a pilot basis with the Petronet LNG agreeing to meet the expenses. “We’re waiting for the conversion kit. If found successful, our fleet here will be converted to LNG boats in a phased manner,” a senior SWTD official said.Petronet LNG CEO last week announced plans to introduce LNG buses in Kochi by April, the first such initiative across the country.

https://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/090219/kerala-state-road-transport-corporation-plans-cng-for-clean-kochi.html

 

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Easier loans for electric vehicles likely soon

Getting loans from banks for buying electric vehicles is likely to get easier as the government has decided to take measures to facilitate lending by banks for all varieties of these vehicles including e-rickshaws and e-autos.

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Sources said prime minister’s office (PMO) has directed the department of financial services to take the necessary steps and has also asked the revenue department to offer attractive tax incentives- including faster depreciation on EVs-to encourage corporates to go electric rather than buy conventional petrol and diesel vehicles.Officials said while the first measure will help people to buy EVs by making less down payment, the second initiative will convince companies to buy quality electric vehicles as the accelerated depreciation will bring major relief in the upfront cost of the vehicles by providing a tax break.Moreover, along with its push to increase e-mobility in the country, the government has decided to accelerate other cleaner fuels for heavy vehicles on highways and personal vehicles in cities. The petroleum and natural gas ministry has been asked to set up LNG stations on highways and to increase the network of CNG stations in cities by March.According to the minutes of the latest meeting chaired by PM’s principal secretary Nripendra Mishra, the department of industrial policy and promotion has been asked to give time-bound clearances from Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation for installation of additional electric vehicle charging stations and CNG dispensing units at existing fuel pumps. The petroleum ministry has been expanding the network of CNG stations across cities to make the fuel available.

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/easier-loans-for-electric-vehicles-likely-soon/articleshow/67967813.cms

 

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Nayara Energy in talks with Delhi gas players for CNG services

Rosneft controlled Nayara Energy is in talks with domestic City Gas Distribution (CGD) operators to offer natural gas retailing services at its auto fuel retailing outlets. 

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“We are in talks with Adani, IGL (Indrapastha Gas Limited) and MGL (Mahanagar Gas Limited) among others to offer compressed natural gas retailing at our petrol pumps. The new CGD geographies that are coming up are a diversification opportunity for retail outlets that have till now been offering just petrol and diesel,” a Nayara Energy official told BusinessLine at the sidelines of Petrotech – 2019.

The Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board recently launched the tenth City Gas Distribution bidding round. After projects offered under this round are completed, about 53% of India’s area covering 70% of the country’s population will be connected with natural gas retailing facilities.The successful winner in these areas on offer will have exclusive rights to the sale of Compressed Natural Gas and Piped Natural Gas for a certain period. The petrol and diesel retailers falling in this region will have to partner with the CGD operators if they want to sell natural gas at their outlets.Nayara Energy is India’s fourth largest auto fuel retailer and the largest private fuel retailer by the number of retailing outlets. As of December 2018 end, Nayara had 5,033 petrol pumps out of total 6,577 private outlets.

https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/companies/nayara-energy-in-talks-with-delhi-gas-players-for-cng-services/article26249259.ece

 

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India continues to develop National Gas Grid

India’s Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) has approved a 750 km pipeline project, continuing to develop its massive National Gas Grid network.

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The Indian Government remains committed to expanding its National Gas Grid, with plans to add a further 14,239 km of gas pipeline to the country’s existing 16,788 km network.In 2015, the Minister of State Petroleum and Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan said the aims and objectives of National Gas Grid were to remove regional gas and green fuel access imbalances within the country, connect gas sources to major demand centres and develop distribution networks in cities to supply compressed natural gas and piped natural gas.On 6 February 2019, Minister Pradhan said PNGRB authorized the pipelines, which are at various stages of development, to increase the availability of natural gas across the country.PNGRB has given state-owned gas distributor, GAIL (India), permission to develop a 750 km section of the 2,655 km Jagadishpur–Haldia–Bokaro Dhamra Pipeline (JHBDPL) project.The Barauni–Guwahati section of the pipeline is considered integral to the JHBDPL, which will connect the northeast region with the National Gas Grid.PNGRB has also sanctioned Indradhanush Gas Grid Limited (IGGL) a Indian Oil Corporation, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation, GAIL, Oil India and Numaligarh Refinery Joint Venture  for the development of North East Gas Grid to connect the eight states of North Eastern India.

https://www.pipelinesinternational.com/2019/02/08/india-continues-to-develop-national-gas-grid/

 

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JV likely for coal bed methane projects, GAIL may ink marketing pact with Coal India

Coal India and Gail have formed a committee of senior executives to work jointly on coal bed methane projects of Coal India on its blocks.

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They are considering a joint venture in which Coal India would be producing the gas while Gail would be marketing it through its network.Coal India chairman AK Jha and Gail chairman B C Tripathi met in Kolkata on Wednesday to discuss the proposed projects, company executives said.The proposed joint venture is likely to enable Coal India inject coal bed methane into the proposed Urja Ganga gas pipeline that aims to meet energy requirements of 40 districts and 2,600 villages covering Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and West Bengal.A Coal India executive said Gail India is interested in downstream processing, transport and selling the gas in bulk to industries. Gail is into transport of bulk gases and has its own distribution network including pipeline which could be used to sell the produce.In June last year, the Cabinet Committee of Economic Affairs waived the requirement for procuring separate licences from the ministry of petroleum and natural gas for taking up coal bed methane projects on its lease hold areas. Following the waiver, Coal India has already lined up investments of Rs 3000 crore for its coal bed methane projects.The first project will be undertaken by Coal India subsidiary, Bharat Coking Coal, at Jharia coalfields in Jharkhand. This block is estimated to hold methane reserves of 25 billion cubic meters and is expected to start production two years after the project is initiated.The second project, at Raniganj in West Bengal, is to be undertaken by Eastern Coalfields.

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/indl-goods/svs/metals-mining/jv-likely-for-coal-bed-methane-projects-may-ink-marketing-pact-with-coal-india/printarticle/67893702.cms

 

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GAIL cancels ₹166-cr contract with IL&FS

GAIL (India) Limited has cancelled a 124-km pipe-laying contract earlier awarded to IL&FS. The cancellation comes in the wake of poor project progress on account of acute financial crisis.

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This has been done to safeguard the project schedule of the Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga natural gas pipeline to the eastern States, a GAIL statement said.“The Bokaro-Durgapur section (124 km) is now re-tendered and awarded to three different contractors to expedite construction efforts for hooking up supply network to the fertilizer, city gas distribution and other industrial consumers,” the statement said.“This section in West Bengal was to be built by IL&FS for ₹166 crore. The three companies have been awarded the tender for a similar amount,” a GAIL official said.Consultant, too, replaced. Meanwhile, in a separate move taken earlier, project consultant Engineers India Limited was replaced by MECON for overseeing the project activities under this crucial stretch, GAIL said.The final leg of Phase-I (the 585-km Phulpur-Patna section) of the 2,660-km pipeline project is now closer to readiness and natural gas supply to the Bihar capital Patna is expected to commence during the second fortnight of this month, GAIL added.

https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/companies/gail-dumps-ilfs-as-contractor-for-pradhan-mantri-urja-ganga-gas-pipeline-project/article26195300.ece

 

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GAIL(India) net profit up 33 per cent at ₹ 1681.23 crore

GAIL (India) Limited has reported a ₹ 1681.23 crore profit for the third quarter of financial year 2018-2019.

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This is 33 per cent higher than the ₹ 1262.22 crore profit reported by the company in the same quarter of financial year 2017-2018.In a statement to the exchanges, the company said that the Company Board has declared the payment of interim dividend for the financial year 2018-2019 at 62.60 per cent or ₹ 6.25 per equity share on the paid-up equity share capital of the company. The board has fixed February 13 as the Record Date for the payment of Interim Dividend.Total income of the company was reported at ₹ 20,009.03 crore during the quarter ending December 2018. This is up 36.16 per cent from the ₹ 14695.09 crore total income reported in the corresponding quarter of the last fiscal.

https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/companies/gail-india-net-profit-up-33-per-cent-at-168123-crore/article26183989.ece

 

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13th Petrotech to be launched on February 10

Petrotech-2019, the 13th International Oil & Gas Conference & Exhibition, being organized under the aegis of the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Government of India, is all set to be inaugurated on February 10, 2019.

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India’s flagship hydrocarbon international conference is expected to be inaugurated by Prime Minister of India. Over 95 Energy Ministers from partner countries have been invited by the Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas to participate in the Conference. The three-day mega event will showcase the recent market and investor friendly developments that have taken place in the India’s oil and gas sector. It is expected to see participation of over 86 eminent speakers and 7000 delegates from around 70 countries, including technologists, scientists, planners, policy-makers, management experts, entrepreneurs, service-providers and vendors.Along with the Conference, the event will have a concurrent Exhibition spread over 20,000 square meters at India Expo Mart, Greater Noida.The PETROTECH 2019 exhibition will focus on development in technologies for exploration & production, process control, refining and pipeline and services, systems, products, oil field hardware, software, analytical instruments, Renewable, R&D, HSE, training and publications of technical literature. Exhibition will remain open to visitors from 1000 hrs to 1800 hrs on 10th and 11th February, and up to 2 pm on 12 February 2019.The Conference will host two Ministerial sessions and a CEOs’ Conclave with participation from overseas ministerial delegations, heads of international organizations and top CEOs of oil and gas companies. Besides, the Conference will also feature three Plenary Sessions and five Theme Sessions, which will be addressed by eminent speakers and technical experts and witness the participation of the Who’s Who of the global oil and gas industry. The Technical Sessions, running parallel, will see presentation of papers by over 300 speakers in both oral and poster sessions (seven Digital Poster Sessions) on petroleum technology, exploration, drilling, production and processing, refining and other related issues. The Petrotech-2019 Exhibition will see participation of over 13 country pavilions and about 750 exhibitors from over 40 countries, with exclusive areas on the Make in India and Renewable Energy theme. Several StartUp companies will also be exhibiting their technology and development during Petrotech.

http://www.millenniumpost.in/business/13th-petrotech-to-be-launched-on-february-10-338787

 

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Gas-based industries will fuel country’s economy, improve job opportunities: PM

‘Southern region, including Visakhapatnam, is set to become a petroleum hub’. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here that gas-based industries would fuel the economy of the country and trigger massive employment opportunities.

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He was speaking after remotely dedicating to the nation the 1.33 MMT Visakhapatnam Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) facility of the Indian Strategic Petroleum Reserve Limited (ISPRL) and the ONGC’s ₹1,187-crore Vashishta & S1 development project in the Krishna-Godavari (KG) offshore basin, and laying the stone for setting up a new terminal of the Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) at Krishnapatnam port. Stating that the projects would give major push to the gas-based industrial units in Andhra Pradesh and the neighbouring States, Mr. Modi said, with the grounding of these projects, the coastal region was set to become a gas- based economy and the southern region, including Visakhapatnam, a petroleum hub.“We are promoting low-cost clean fuel in a big way and, in the last four-and-a-half years, the Centre had given 13 crore new gas connections. The Congress, on the other hand, had given just 4 crore new gas connections in the last 55 years. LPG/CNG fuel will also be utilized for production of fertilizers,” Mr. Modi added.Union Minister Suresh Prabhu, BJP State president Kanna Lakshminarayana, manifesto committee chairperson D. Purandeswari, former MP K. Sambasiva Rao, and MLAs P. Vishnu Kumar Raju and Kamineni Srinivas were present.

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/gas-based-industries-will-fuel-countrys-economy-improve-job-opportunities-pm/article26231755.ece [Edited]

 

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India’s plan to raise natural gas share in energy basket to 15% looks increasingly ambitious: WoodMac

WoodMac projects the CGD sector to attract over $1.3 billion in investments in the coming decade India’s plan to increase the share of natural gas to 15% of the country’s total energy mix by 2030, from 6% currently, seems “increasingly ambitious”, research and consultancy firm Wood Mackenzie said today.

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“The slow pace of infrastructure buildout and conflicting policies continue to limit the development of the gas sector, which is struggling with stagnant domestic production. Kaushik Chatterjee, senior analyst at Wood Mackenzie said thatthe City Gas Distribution (CGD) will be a major driver of natural gas demand in the country and will account for 15% of the overall gas market, up from 7% currently. WoodMac projects the CGD sector to attract over $1.3 billion in investments in the coming decade.WoodMac pointed out that re-gasification infrastructure remains a concern as Jaigarh Floating Storage Regasification Unit (FSRU) and Mundra and Ennore regasification terminals were not commissioned as expected in 2018, reducing expectations of demand in the later part of the year.“The Jaigarh and Ennore projects were postponed due to pipeline construction delays. For Mundra, the delay was a result of a dispute between the terminal owner and port operator on cost sharing. These are now expected to come online in H1 2019,” WoodMac said.The research and consultancy firm has projected India’s LNG demand to increase to 25 MMMTPA in 2019, an 8.7% increase over 2018. On the natural gas supply front, Alay Patel, principal analyst at WoodMac said that domestic gas production failed to grow in 2018 and growth is expected to remain moderate through to 2020.Patel, however, added that Krishna-Godavari basin will witness frenzied construction and installation activities in next two years. He added that first gas from both the blocks is expected in 2020 and these fields may account for 37 per cent of India’s domestic gas supply in 2024.WoodMac also said a majority of gas produced in the country is priced below $4 per thousand cubic feet and a move towards market-driven pricing for production of natural gas would lead to monetisation of 1.5 trillion cubic feet of shallow-water gas immediately.

https://energy.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/oil-and-gas/city-gas-distribution-to-drive-indias-gas-demand-even-as-infrastructure-issues-persist-woodmac/67901301

 

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GAIL sets up satellite LNG station in Bhubaneswar

Gail has set up a satellite liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Bhubaneswar to supply local customers in the absence of a gas pipeline an innovative model that may get replicated by other city gas distributors eager to quickly start supply in new licence areas where gas pipelines are yet to reach.City gas licences have proliferated lately in the country: the downstream regulator offered 86 licences last year, and

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the process to award another 50 is under way. Just a year ago, licences were limited to 92 geographical areas that covered just a fifth of country’s population. After the current round of licensing is complete in a month or so, 70% of the country’s population will have been covered.But taking gas to people can take much longer than distributing licences. Gail, which has a licence to supply gas to Bhubaneswar, decided last year not to wait for the gas pipeline, which is expected to connect the city next year. It started using gas cascades to supply natural gas to homes, shops and vehicles. This involved bringing in gas cascades from Andhra Pradesh to serve local demand, which is about 3,800 kg a day.Last month, Gail switched its supply method. It started operating a satellite LNG storage and regasification terminal in Bhubaneswar, which can cater to 3,000 compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles and 1,000 homes. This is the first such operation in the country but satellite LNG terminals are quite popular in several countries to supply gas to areas where laying gas pipelines are difficult or economically unviable.Gail’s terminal contains two verticals tanks of 20 kilo litres each, and low pressure vaporiser for supply to homes, and high pressure vaporiser for CNG vehicles. Each tank has to be replenished every 3-4 days by LNG brought by road from Gujarat port.Many companies, which have obtained licences in the recent round, do plan to start serving customer this year. Indian Oil Corp, which has more than a dozen licences individually and in joint venture, plans to start CNG stations by the middle of this year in its new licence areas. It is tying up with Gail for supply and plans to use cascades to ferry gas.

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/energy/oil-gas/gail-sets-up-satellite-lng-station-in-bhubaneswar/articleshow/67893685.cms

 

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Energy start-up space improving, but a lot more needs to be done

Energy start-up ecosystem in India is gaining traction, with the government and private players stepping in with funds and mentorships.However, experts say there is a need for radically new ideas that are viable from the technical and business point of view.Since 2017, the oil and gas public sector undertakings launched various start-up initiatives and set up funds to encourage entrepreneurship in the energy space.

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For instance, the Petroleum Ministry launched a start-up fund of Rs. 320 crore, ONGC launched Rs. 100-crore start-up fund in August 2018 and Indian Oil (IOCL) to the tune of Rs. 30 crore in 2017.More often than not, these funds are for ideas and to help companies reach proof-of-concept stage. Start-ups say this has made a huge difference for the budding entrepreneurs.Abhishek Kumar, co-founder, Vasitars Pvt Ltd, that offers solutions for damaged oil/gas pipelines and was funded by Indian Oil, said, “The energy start-up landscape can be divided into before 2017 and after 2017.”According to Kumar, before 2017, it was difficult for start-ups to enter the sector as there was no platform. The oil and gas companies were a little sceptical, given the risk and sensitivity in the area.Anirudh Yadav, founder, Sukriti Social Foundation that was funded by IOCL in early stage, said, “The advantage of being funded by Indian Oil is the insight we get into the sector as they helped us in understanding the market.”But, the energy sector is full of challenges. The field needs new ideas that can improve existing infrastructure.“Energy companies invest heavily in research and development. The focus is to incorporate ideas and products that can improve the existing infrastructure and processes. The companies do not shy away from spending big bucks if the product is right,” an industry watcher said.Another issue is the huge gap between academic knowledge and implementation. “You need to have field experience to understand what works and what does not in the field. Now, with these programmes, they are giving that opportunity,” Kumar said.In addition, most of the solutions the space sees are technology oriented. “But what the energy sector requires is manufacturing related solutions.”

https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/todays-paper/tp-others/tp-states/article26145075.ece

 

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After China, India is world’s 2nd largest LPG consumer

Emphasizing that the government is on course to achieve its target of distributing 8 crore cooking gas connections under its flagship Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojna (PMUY), Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan today said the country has become the second largest consumer of LPG in the world on account of it.“In January this year, LPG connections under the PMUY have crossed the 6-crore mark.

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The coverage of LPG in the country has now reached 90% rising from about 55% in 2014… We are confident of reaching out target of 8 crore connections”, the Minister said at the Asia LPG Summit organized jointly by oil marking companies Indian Oil, Hindustan Petroleum and Bharat Petroleum – with the World LPG Association (WLPGA) here.The country, he said, emerged as a bright spot on account of the success of the scheme that is aimed at empowering women by facilitating clean cooking fuel and also life of health and dignity.The government’s push to provide clean cooking fuel to every household has turned India into the world’s second largest LPG consumer whose demand is projected to rise 34% by 2025, Oil Secretary MM Kutty said.Under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) of providing free cooking gas (LPG) connections to poor, over 6.31 crore connections have been provided since the launch of the scheme on May 1, 2016. 

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/business/after-china-india-is-world-s-2nd-largest-lpg-consumer/724581.html

 

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LNG Development / Shipping

BPCL to bring 1 MTPA natural gas from Mozambique to India

State-run Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) will bring to India the much-awaited natural gas from its Rovuma basin in Mozambique in the next five years, said officials aware of the development.BPCL will bring in 1 MMTPA of gas from the Rovuma field

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where its upstream arm, Bharat Petro Resources Ltd (BPRL) holds 10% stake.”BPCL will sign a sales and purchase agreement with Mozambique LNG1 Company to bring the gas to India. BPRL holds 10% stake in Mozambique LNG1 company which was formed to market the gas,” said a company official aware of the development. Mozambique LNG1 Company is owned by the Mozambique Offshore Area 1 partners.An FID for the block allows the partners to unlock value in one of the world’s biggest gas discoveries, estimated at 75 TCF. To put it in perspective, this would be more than the combined resources of all the gas fields in India.The Anadarko-operated Mozambique LNG project will be Mozambique’s first onshore LNG development, initially consisting of two LNG trains with total nameplate capacity of 12.88 MTPA. The LNG trains will initially require around $18-20 billion, of which $14 billion will be raised in loans.In 2017-18, BPCL formed a wholly owned gas subsidiary Bharat Gas Resources Ltd with a view to focus on natural gas as a separate business.BPCL may also revive its plan to build a 1-to-3 MMTPA imported LNG terminal to cater to the rising domestic demand for the clean fuel. This could be expandable to 5 MMTPA later.Given the government’s focus on increasing the share of gas in India’s overall energy mix and the development of infrastructure in terms of LNG terminals and pipeline connectivity, the demand for LNG is positive over the medium to long term, encouraging companies including BPCL, Indian Oil Corp. and Hindustan Petroleum Corp. Ltd to expand their natural gas businesses. During April-October 2018, natural gas consumption rose 17.1%. During the same period, LNG imports increased 12.7% due to higher demand and lower domestic production.

Source: LNG Global

 

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India’s top gas importer won’t bid for Bangladesh’s planned LNG terminal

India’s top gas importer Petronet LNG will not bid for the proposed 7.5 MMTPA liquefied natural gas terminal in Bangladesh and instead wants a government-to-government deal, its managing director Prabhat Singh said on Thursday, January 31.  

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Singh said he was upbeat about the Jan-March quarter earnings of his firm.Petronet LNG hopes spot LNG prices will go down. The company is planning to bid for an LNG terminal in Andaman.Petronet LNG is keen to set up a 3.5-5 MMTPA LNG terminal on India’s east coast and that could cost up to 50 billion rupees ($704 million), Singh said.The company is also looking at buying a stake in Indian oil Corp’s Ennore LNG terminal.Petronet hopes to complete the expansion of Dahej LNG terminal to 17.5 MMTPA by April.

https://in.reuters.com/article/india-petronet/indias-top-gas-importer-wont-bid-for-bangladeshs-planned-lng-terminal-idINL3N1ZV58N

 

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Qatar, India’s biggest supplier, wants natural gas in GST ambit

Qatar, the biggest supplier of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to India, wants the government to consider bringing natural gas in the ambit of Goods and Services Tax (GST).

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“LNG should be considered to get full benefits of GST,” Qatar Gas CEO Khalid Bin Khalifa Al-Thani said at Petrotech Conference in Greater Noida on Sunday. Natural gas, crude oil, petrol, diesel, and jet fuel are not covered under GST. Indian oil and gas industry has long been demanding the inclusion of gas in GST as it would provide them with an input tax credit and help rationalize taxes. Al-Thani said India was an important market for Qatar.

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/energy/oil-gas/qatar-indias-biggest-supplier-wants-natural-gas-in-gst-ambit/articleshow/67936990.cms

 

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Petronet signs initial deal to invest, buy LNG from Tellurian

Indian gas importer Petronet LNG on Thursday, February 14, signed an initial agreement with Tellurian Inc to invest in its proposed Driftwood project in Louisiana in the United States and buy LNG, Tellurian said in a statement.

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The deal, reached during a high level US-India commercial dialogue to advance trade and investment, will represent Petronet’s first US investment if it works out. Amos Hochstein, Senior Vice President in Tellurian Inc, signed the memorandum of understanding with a Petronet LNG official via a video link in the presence of Prabhat Singh, managing director of the Indian company. Hochstein was part of the delegation that was meant to accompany US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross but the trip was cancelled due to bad weather in the United States. President and CEO of Tellurian Meg Gentle said: “We support Petronet’s vision to be a key energy provider to India and look forward to delivering clean, low-cost and reliable natural gas from Driftwood LNG.” Tellurian is offering an equity interest in Driftwood Holdings, which comprises Tellurian’s upstream company, its pipeline and the upcoming terminal that will be able to export 27.6 MMT of LNG a year.

A $500 million investment in Driftwood would give the stakeholder rights over a one million tonne/year of LNG over the life of the project, according to a presentation by Tellurian posted on the US company’s website.

Tellurian hopes to begin production in 2023.

Source: LNG Global

 

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Natural Gas / Transnational Pipelines / Others

U.S. natgas output, demand seen rising to record highs in 2019

U.S. dry natural gas production will rise to an all-time high of 90.16 billion cubic feet per day (bcfd) in 2019 from a record high of 83.26 bcfd in 2018, according to the Energy Information Administration’s Short Term Energy Outlook (STEO) on Tuesday, February 12.

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The latest February output projection for 2019 was down slightly from EIA’s 90.19-bcfd forecast in January. EIA also projected U.S. gas consumption would rise to an all-time high of 82.53 bcfd in 2019 from a record high 81.58 bcfd in 2018.That 2019 demand projection in the February STEO report was down slightly from EIA’s 82.65-bcfd forecast for the year in its January report.

https://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/u-s-natgas-output-demand-seen-rising-to-record-highs-in-2019/

 

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TAPI most important project in region

The Embassy of Turkmenistan and the Oxford and Cambridge Trust jointly organized the Oxbridge lecture “Strategic Importance of TAPI in the Region”.The Speaker: MuhammetmyratAmanov, CEO and Chairman of Board of Directors of “TAPI Pipeline Company Ltd.,

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Turkmenistan said that TAPI is a most important project in the region. Replying to questions, Amanov said his company had experience of working in Afghanistan and Pakistan, so hopefully there would not be any security issue. Moreover, there was commitment from Afghanistan that it would provide foolproof security to the staff of project.“From political point of view, I believe that all countries, including the United States and China, are supportive of this project. Moreover, Russian, Japanese and American machinery and support is being used in the project,” he added.On the occasion, the Indian High Commissioner in Pakistan, Ajay Bisaria, asked about the price of gas and who would bear the loss in case the pipeline was damaged by blasts and attacks.Amanov said that it was not possible for him to tell the price of gas.However, he said there would not be any security issue in Pakistan, adding that Afghanistan had also given assurance to provide security to the pipeline.Turkmenistan has already completed the construction of gas pipeline in its section, following which a groundbreaking ceremony was performed in February this year at the Turkmen border city of Serhetabat to take the pipeline to Afghanistan. Under the project, the sources said, a 56-inch diameter 1,680 kilometers pipeline, having capacity to flow 3.2 BCFD gas, would be laid from Turkmenistan through Afghanistan and Pakistan up to Pak-India border by the year 2020. They said as per the TAPI agreement, Pakistan and India will be provided 1.325 BCFD gas each and Afghanistan will be getting the share of 0.5 BCFD gas.The Ambassador of Turkmenistan His Excellency AtadjanMovlamov also spoke on this occasion in full support of TAPI. At the end of question and answer session; AtadjanMovlamov, Ambassador of Turkmenistan to Pakistan and Dean of Diplomatic Corps expressed thanks to all participants.

https://pakobserver.net/tapi-most-important-project-in-region/

 

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France, Germany compromise on Russia’s Nord Stream II gas pipeline

France had said it would support European Union oversight of new offshore energy pipelines in a move that could have crippled the undersea pipeline plans between Russia and Germany. Brussels:

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France and Germany have struck a compromise allowing Berlin to remain the lead negotiator with Russia on the Nord Stream II gas pipeline to Europe, a proposed deal showed Friday, February 8.France had said it would support European Union oversight of new offshore energy pipelines in a move that could have crippled the undersea pipeline plans between Russia and Germany.But the two EU countries have now agreed to ensure oversight will come from the “territory and territorial sea of the member state where the first interconnection point is located,” according to a copy of the draft obtained by AFP.Work has already started on the pipeline from Russia under the Baltic Sea to the end-point in Griefswald, Germany.The draft text replaces the older wording stating the EU rules on gas imports will be applied by “the territory of the member states” and or the “territorial sea of the member states”.The draft compromise was submitted to a meeting of the EU ambassadors discussing a revision of gas market rules for the 28-nation bloc, diplomats said.Nord Stream 2 faces opposition from many countries in eastern and central Europe, the United States and particularly Ukraine because it risks increasing Europe’s dependence on Russian natural gas.

Combined with the planned TurkStream pipeline across the Black Sea, Nord Stream 2 would mean Russia could also bypass Ukraine in providing gas to Europe, robbing Moscow’s new foe of transit fees and a major strategic asset.A French diplomatic source had told AFP on Thursday Paris was “not for or against Nord Stream 2”. But the source said France sought “guarantees for the security of Europe and for the security and stability of Ukraine”.German Chancellor Angela Merkel has so far insisted that the pipeline is a “purely economic project” that will ensure cheaper, more reliable gas supplies.Construction has already begun, involving companies such as Germany’s Wintershall and Uniper, Dutch-British Shell, France’s Engie and Austria’s OMV.

https://energy.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/oil-and-gas/france-germany-compromise-on-russias-nord-stream-ii-gas-pipeline/67902303

 

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Russia’s Gazprom hits highest January gas output since 2015

The company said its natural gas production in January increased by 3.8 percent from the same period a year earlier.

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Russia’s Gazprom said on Friday its gas exports outside countries of the former Soviet Union rose by 1.6 percent year on year in January to 17.6 BCM. The company said its natural gas production in January increased by 3.8 percent from the same period a year earlier to 47.4 BCM, the largest January output since 2015.

https://af.reuters.com/article/commoditiesNews/idAFR4N1ZS01O

 

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Russia to build sub-sea gas pipeline from Iran to India: Iranian minister

The Iranian oil minister said on Tuesday that his country has accepted Russia’s proposal to construct a sub-sea pipeline for exporting natural gas to India,

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Tasnim news agency reported.”The proposal was made by the Russians and Iran welcomed it,” Bijan Namdar Zanganeh was quoted as saying.A memorandum of understanding in this regard was signed during a visit to Iran by Russian President Vladimir Putin last year, Zanganeh said.The pipeline from Iran’s southern coast to India’s Gujarat, via the Gulf of Oman and Indian Ocean, is supposed to carry 31.5 million cubic meters gas per day and will be built in two years.

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-02/06/c_137801190.htm

 

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Global LNG Development

Natural Gas / LNG Utilization – Roadways – E-mobility

LNG as a Marine Fuel / Bunkering/ LNG Shipping

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

 

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Global LNG Development

Global LNG-Asian price falls to 17-month low as trade moves west

Asian spot prices for LNG dipped to a 17-month low on subdued trading activity in Asia-Pacific due to a week-long Chinese New Year holiday and

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a number of new supply offers on the market.Spot prices for March delivery to northeast Asia are estimated at around $6.80 per MMBtu, down $0.20/MMBtu from the previous week. This is the lowest level since September 2017, Refinitiv Eikon data showed.Spreads between global LNG delivery prices remain tight, with expectations of a further rise in arrivals into Europe.“Some people keep optimizing (LNG volumes in the Far East), but fresh demand remains low,” an LNG trader said.Significant demand came from India however.Gujarat State Petroleum Corp (GSPC) is looking to buy 12 cargoes for delivery between April 2019 and March 2020 open until Feb. 19.Pakistan LNG opened this week a tender for six cargoes for delivery in May and June open until March 11.Kuwait Petroleum Corp closed on Tuesday, February 5, a tender for delivery on Feb. 26-27. The tender could be awarded as low as $6.01-$6.50/MMBtu, one trade source said.On the supply side, Abu Dhabi National Oil Co (ADNOC) closed on Thursday a tender for a cargo for loading at its Das Island plant on March 10-12.Angola LNG is offering until Feb. 12 a cargo from the Soyo plant for delivery between late February and mid-March depending on the destination.In Europe, PetroChina International (London) offered at least two cargoes from its Yamal equity offtake for delivery in northwest Europe on March 3-5 and March 28-29, with the sale expected to close next week.Yamal volumes into Europe have been above those from the United States this month so far, a change in a trend from last month. Britain expects to receive three LNG cargoes from Yamal until mid-February, two of which are sold by Russian producer Novatek to Swiss-based trader Vitol, sources said.Gas prices in Europe edged down.The best bid this week for delivery of LNG into northwest Europe was at a $0.18/MMBtu discount to the Dutch front-month gas price, a trader said.In Spain, prices were even lower, at around $0.20-0.25/MMBtu below the Dutch price, the source said.“Such a discount to (the Dutch price) is a sign of a very weak market,” the trader said.LNG send-outs in Iberia jumped this week, Refinitiv Eikon data showed, with little space left in Spanish terminals for fresh arrivals.The number of cargoes from the United States has been so far much lower this month than in January, with five cargoes expected to reach Europe between Feb. 6 and Feb. 21. In January, 19 U.S. cargoes were delivered to Europe.Loadings from Gulf of Mexico plants in the U.S. have been delayed by heavy fog. Corpus Christi and Sabine Pass Train 5 are still in a commissioning phase. When both issues are resolved, U.S. exports to Europe are likely to rise, which is expected in late February and March, an industry source said.

Source: LNG Global

 

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Australian producers plan LNG plant maintenance from April-Sept

Woodside Petroleum and Chevron Corp have planned major maintenance works at their liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities in Western Australia over April to September.

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Woodside has planned major maintenance at its 4.9 MMTPA Pluto LNG facility for about one month from April to May, a company spokeswoman said. It has also planned major maintenance at its North West Shelf project’s Goodwyn A platform train 2 for 21 days and LNG train 1 for 19 days, both in July, she said.An integrated North West Shelf project maintenance is also planned for September, including major work on LNG train 5 for 19 days, fractionation for 14 days, North Rankin Complex for 19 days and North Rankin train 2 for 20 days, she said. Separately, Chevron said it has planned work at its Gorgon LNG facility from May 23 to July 9 that will involve the shutdown of a little more than half a train. The three-train Gorgon project, one of the world’s largest natural gas projects, can produce 15.6 MMT of LNG annually from its three trains, according to Chevron’s website.

https://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/australian-producers-plan-lng-plant-maintenance-from-april-sept/

 

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Qatar Petroleum, ExxonMobil advance Golden Pass LNG export terminal

Qatar Petroleum and ExxonMobil have agreed to build their long-proposed Golden Pass LNG export terminal in Texas, across the river from Cheniere Energy’s Sabine Pass facility in Louisiana, ExxonMobil said Tuesday, February 5.

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The more-than-$10 billion redevelopment and conversion of the Golden Pass receiving terminal will be a significant addition to US Gulf Coast LNG export capacity when it starts up in 2024, with the ability to liquefy up to 16 MMTPA. The expected cost translates to approximately $625/Mt, making it slightly more expensive than what is being aimed for by developers of some of the other second wave US export facilities.The terminal was initially planned to be an import facility, but after the US shale revolution unlocked vast amounts of cheap natural gas, developers, especially those along the Gulf Coast, began looking at exports instead. US Department of Energy data show Golden Pass has not imported any gas since June 2011.In its statement announcing the final investment decision, ExxonMobil said it will hold a 30% stake in the export project, with Qatar Petroleum holding the other 70%. The statement makes no mention of the 12.4% stake that ConocoPhillips held in the joint venture when the import terminal was being developed.In recent months, Qatar Petroleum has stated an aggressive position toward expanding its gas and LNG operations in the US. ExxonMobil said Qatar Petroleum will be joining it in exploration and development activities in Argentina, Brazil and Mozambique. Golden Pass already has its permit and construction is expected to begin by the end of March.

https://www.spglobal.com/platts/en/market-insights/videos/market-movers-europe/020419-oil-looks-to-iran-venezuela-and-q4

 

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Petronas’ 25%-owned LNG Canada committed to ‘hire local first’ policy

Petroliam Nasional Bhd’s (Petronas) 25%-owned C$40 billion (about RM124.63 billion) LNG Canada project has publicly committed to using a “hire local first” policy

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when awarding contracts, as its guarantee of jobs for Canadians was one of the conditions for its approval, The Star Vancouver reported today, quoting LNG Canada’s statement.The Star Vancouver reported that four months after construction on Canada’s largest-ever private project in Kitimat, British Columbia began, LNG Canada has no public details of what it will entail. What is known, however, is that it does not include specific targets or quotas to hire Canadian workers, according to the report.It was reported that since construction began last October, the company — a joint venture of Shell, Petronas, PetroChina, Mitsubishi and Kogas — has indirectly employed 505 people, including 270 from the local area.LNG Canada was quoted as saying it will employ 10,000 Canadians over the project’s lifetime, a number greater than the 4,500 to 7,500 jobs it initially said would be needed in proposals to the government.”We are not envisioning the need to employ workers from outside Canada. This commitment is shared by our engineering, procurement and construction contractor and subcontractors, who are required to report on a monthly basis their progress toward achieving local hiring,” LNG Canada said.

https://www.msn.com/en-my/news/other/petronas-25percent-owned-lng-canada-committed-to-hire-local-first-policy/ar-BBT1TQB

 

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Anadarko signs long-term deal with CNOOC for Mozambique gas

Anadarko Petroleum Corp said on Friday, February 1, a long-term agreement had been signed with the trading division of China’s state-owned offshore oil and gas producer CNOOC Ltd to supply liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Mozambique.

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The deal will bring it one step closer to making a final investment decision for its East African LNG project, with the decision expected in the first half of this year.Mozambique LNG1 Company, the jointly-owned sales entity of the Mozambique Area 1 co-venturers, had signed a sales and Purchase Agreement (SPA) with CNOOC’s gas and power Singapore Trading and Marketing unit, Anadarko said.The SPA is for 1.5 MMTPA for a period of 13 years.The agreement demonstrates the progress the company is making towards its goal of taking a final investment decision in the first half of this year, he said, adding that the company is expected to announce further SPAs in the near future.The Anadarko-operated Mozambique LNG project will be Mozambique’s first onshore LNG development, initially consisting of two LNG trains with total capacity of 12.88 MMTPA to support the development of the Golfinho/Atum fields located entirely within offshore Area 1. Anadarko Moçambique Área 1, Lda, a wholly owned subsidiary of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, operates Offshore Area 1 with a 26.5 percent interest.Other stakeholders include ENH Robuma Area Um, Mitsui E&P Mozambique Area1, ONGC Videsh, Beas Rovuma Energy Mozambique Ltd, BPRL Ventures Mozambique, and PTTEP Mozambique Area 1 Ltd.

https://af.reuters.com/article/investingNews/idAFKCN1PQ4O7-OZABS

 

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Middle East’s LNG market faces a decade-long slump

The Middle East was a bright spot for global LNG demand in 2015. Now imports have plummeted so much that it could take a decade to recover.Last year’s 37% slump and the prolonged negative outlook is in contrast to the region’s two-year LNG demand surge that outpaced global growth,

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according to BloombergNEF and ship-broker Poten & Partners Inc. data. The Middle East is now expected to make up less than 4% of global imports for at least eight years.There are only five importers Egypt, Kuwait, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and Israel – of LNG in the Middle East. Bahrain is expected to join the group this year.

Gas finds in Egypt and the UAE reduced the need for the liquefied fuel, and Jordan increased cheaper pipeline imports. “Domestic gas resources have been the main reason for LNG imports being subdued,” said Fauziah Marzuki, a senior associate at BNEF.Egypt, the region’s biggest LNG importer in 2016 and 2017, will halt purchases this year and may resume exports thanks to surging domestic supplies from the giant Zohr field. Jordan will rely more on pipeline imports from Egypt, trimming its need for LNG. Bahrain, the only country that will add import capabilities in 2019, isn’t expected to reach meaningful volumes until 2022, according to BNEF forecasts.

Imports of LNG in the Middle East are dwarfed by Asia. Supply of the fuel – driven by the US, Qatar and Australia – is expected to rise almost 18% by 2030, and demand will grow more than double that rate. Even Kuwait, the region’s biggest importer, barely registers in global terms. Its imports are even less than the smaller markets in Asia such as Thailand, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

https://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/middle-easts-lng-market-faces-a-decade-long-slump/

 

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Lithuania to purchase liquefied natural gas from Total

Lithuania has signed a liquefied natural gas (LNG) purchase contract with energy company Total Gas & Power Limited amid LNG supply diversification efforts, Lithuania’s state controlled company Lietuvos Energijos tiekimas announced on Thursday, January 31.

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According to the agreement, Lietuvos energijos tiekimas, the country’s gas and electricity supplier, is to receive LNG cargo from Total in the third quarter of this year.The company didn’t disclose any details about size and commercial terms of the contract.The agreement also means Total enters Lithuanian LNG market as a new supplier, said Lietuvos energijos tiekimas.”Total’s LNG cargo will diversify our gas portfolio and will enable us to ensure attractive prices and reliable supply to the customers,” Mantas Mikalajunas, chief executive of Lietuvos energijos tiekimas, was quoted as saying in the company’s announcement.The agreement with Total comes amid Lithuania’s efforts to diversify its energy supply sources and enhance energy safety.Four years ago, Lithuania launched its LNG terminal in Klaipeda Seaport, western Lithuania, to gain access to global LNG market.

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-02/01/c_137790427.htm

 

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Asian LNG spot prices drop below UK levels prompting cargo diversions

According to Reuters, Asian LNG spot prices have fallen below the UK’s current gas price, reversing a multi-year trend and prompting the redirection of several LNG cargoes from Asia to Europe.

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Until now, the trend has been that Asian LNG prices have risen higher than European prices during the winter period as the region experiences a strong spike in demand. However, this year Asian countries have experienced an atypically warm winter leaving winter stockpiles virtually intact. This has resulted in the December and January prices for the region falling below the levels of the previous two years, and, significantly, below current European prices.Indeed, it has been reported that Royal Dutch Shell recently lowered its offer for an Asian spot cargo for March delivery from approximately US$7.25 to US$7.10 per MMBtu. Meanwhile, at the time of the offer, the British gas price was approximately US$7.25 per MMBtu. Data suggests that UK prices have since fallen, however Reuter’s experts have stated that Asian spot prices may still be below the British gas price.In either case, this shifting of prices has prompted some LNG suppliers to redirect LNG cargoes bound for Asia to northwest Europe. One notable example is Vitol, which has reportedly redirected five cargoes to Europe since the start of 2019.

https://www.lngindustry.com/liquid-natural-gas/31012019/asian-lng-spot-prices-drop-below-uk-levels-prompting-cargo-diversions/

 

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Natural Gas/LNG Utilization – Roadways  – E-mobility

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

The mayor of Seville Juan Espadas, the delegate of Security and Mobility Juan Carlos Cabrera, and the manager of Tussam Rubén García presented 30 new CNG buses purchased by the municipal transport company Tussam after an investment of 10.5 millions of euros.

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These new vehicles are part of the strategy of renewing the fleet and investments to improve service.“When this mandate started we found a company with paralyzed investments and an aging fleet with problems. We implemented an investment plan that has amounted to more than 40 million euros (almost ten times more than in the previous mandate) and we have managed to acquire more than 130 buses and reduce the average age of the fleet of 10 years to 8.5,” explained Espadas, who underlined the impact that this line of work is having on sustainability: almost 60% of the fleet already uses natural gas.The Iberian Peninsula currently offers one of the fastest growing markets in terms of the adoption of natural gas in road transport.

http://www.ngvjournal.com/s1-news/c3-vehicles/almost-60-of-sevilles-bus-fleet-operates-with-natural-gas/

 

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Mexico: 120 Hyundai CNG buses arrive in the Port of Ensenada

The Ensenada Integral Port Administration (API) received for the first time in its history a vessel with an automotive cargo of 120 natural gas buses manufactured by Hyundai (100 Super Aero City and 20 County), which are expected to offer greater efficiency and a significant reduction in the environmental impact of the city of Tijuana.

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The Port of Ensenada considered itself a perfect destination for this arrival, since it is called a “Green Port.”The 120 CNG buses that arrived at the port located in the state of Baja California will be used to transport personnel from Translead (Hyundai plant in Tijuana) and, comparatively with the vehicles that use diesel, their fuel consumption will be 40% lower. On February 6, the NGVs arrived from South Korea in the Asian Glory Ro-Ro vessel and, on February 8, the unloading operations were performed. Now the buses are in the testing phase with the service department and the respective training will be carried out for its correct operation.Natural gas for vehicles is gaining momentum in more and more Mexican states and will be one of the key topics at AltFuels Mexico 2019, taking place on 11-14 March at the World Trade Center in Mexico City. The event will feature first level conferences and exhibition led by national and international experts and companies that will share their experiences and knowledge with visitors and showcase the latest in alternative fuel technologies. For more information, please contact info@altfuelsmexico.com.

http://www.ngvjournal.com/s1-news/c3-vehicles/mexican-port-of-ensenada-receives-120-hyundai-natural-gas-buses/

 

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Uber cars switch to natural gas in Brazil with Landi Renzo fuel systems

Landi Renzo Brasil, the Brazilian subsidiary of the Landi Renzo Group, has signed an exclusive collaboration contract with Uber.

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This agreement provides for the conversion of cars owned by Uber partners all over Brazil from gasoline to natural gas with the fuel solutions offered by Landi Renzo.In detail, the partnership between Landi Renzo and Uber provides, from 2019, for the offer to Uber drivers throughout the South American country of the installation of Landi Renzo’s fuel systems. In addition, Landi Renzo authorized workshops will provide after-sales service. The partnership is expected to thrive thanks to Uber’s initiative to offer selected partner drivers in Brazil a special financing line so they can purchase and install Landi Renzo CNG kits and pay in weekly installments.

http://www.ngvjournal.com/s1-news/c3-vehicles/landi-renzo-teams-up-with-uber-to-convert-vehicles-to-natural-gas-in-brazil/[Edited]

 

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VW offers increased CNG range with new version of its TGI models

Volkswagen has completely overhauled its natural gas models and is equipping its Polo and Golf TGI with a third natural gas tank.

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This allows the Polo TGI to now travel up to 60 kilometers further in pure CNG mode than its predecessor. The gain in range in the Golf TGI is up to 80 kilometers. In the Golf, a new 1.5 liter TGI four-cylinder engine with 96 kW/130 PS ensures that none of the driving pleasure is lost. The new natural gas-powered TGI models are available to order now. Volkswagen has equipped its natural gas models of the Polo TGI and Golf TGI with a third natural gas tank made of specially coated, high-strength steel. The Golf’s tank has a volume of 23 liters and increases the total CNG tank volume to 115 liters, or 17.3 kg respectively, which offers a range of up to 422 kilometers in WLTP.On the Polo with 1.0 three-cylinder engine (66 kW / 90 PS) the additional tank carries 16.5 litres and extends the natural gas storage to 91.5 liters in total, or 13.8 kg respectively, meaning that the Polo can travel up to 368 kilometers on CNG in WLTP. As a back-up, both models come with a petrol tank – albeit a much smaller version.

http://www.ngvjournal.com/s1-news/c3-vehicles/volkswagen-offers-increased-cng-range-with-new-version-of-tgi-models/[Edited]

 

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Naturgy opens its first CNG public station in Toledo, central Spain

The Mayor of Toledo Milagros Tolón, the Minister of Economy, Business and Employment Patricia Franco, the General Director of Industry, Energy and Mines José Luis Cabezas, and the Director of Customer Service and Marketing of Naturgy, José Luis Gil, have opened a new natural gas refueling facility in Toledo, located at an AVIA service station in the Santa María de Benquerencia industrial park.

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The opening was also attended by representatives of the main brands that commercialize NGVs (SEAT, Fiat Professional, Volkswagen and Iveco), which exhibited some of their models.This facility is the first of the three CNG public stations that will be opened in the coming months in Castilla-La Mancha, one in Ciudad Real and one in Albacete. Currently, the company has three other public stations operating in the Community: in Guadalajara capital, in Alovera (Guadalajara) and in Motilla del Palancar (Cuenca). With these openings, Naturgy will be present in all the provinces of the community.Naturgy (formerly Gas Natural Fenosa) is one of the main supporters of sustainable mobility and a pioneer in the promotion of natural gas in the Iberian Peninsula, a region that has experienced great growth in the adoption of CNG and LNG as transportation fuels. In this extremely encouraging scenario, 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-naturgy-opens-its-first-cng-public-station-in-toledo/

 

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Bolivian government opts for LNG to replace diesel use in heavy transport

Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales Bolivianos (YPFB) is carrying out a series of tests to replace short-term consumption of diesel by LNG in the country’s heavy transport and transit vehicles,

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whose demand will be covered by the LNG Plant located in Rio Grande, Santa Cruz, according to the CEO of YPFB, Óscar Barriga Arteaga.“For this, we are working jointly with the Ministry of Hydrocarbons and the conversion agency so that we can have public and heavy transport vehicles that can use natural gas in the form of LNG in the coming years. It is a very ambitious project for us, it will have a direct impact on the import and the economy of national transport,” said the executive of the state oil company.Barriga explained: “In the coming months we will have vehicles running on LNG in the country, and that makes synergy with our industrialization project because today we have our LNG plant that has capacity to supply this new segment.”The policy of a widespread use of natural gas not only seeks to benefit the industrial, commercial and domestic sector, but also the country’s vehicle fleet that today surpasses the 350,000 units.“According to the projection, this segment will have a consumption that will exceed the 4.5 MMSCM of consumption day in the domestic market by 2025,” added Barriga.

http://www.ngvjournal.com/s1-news/c1-markets/bolivian-government-opts-for-lng-to-replace-use-of-diesel-in-heavy-transport/

 

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Sanpellegrino sparkles with Scania LNG truck deliveries

Renowned Italian natural mineral water brand Sanpellegrino will add a sustainable sparkle to its drinks with the addition of Scania R 410 liquefied natural gas trucks (LNG) by its logistics partner, Koinè SpA. Gruppo Sanpellegrino in 2018 produced 1.5 billion bottles of mineral water, exported to more than 150 countries.

 

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With the new LNG trucks, all of Gruppo Sanpellegrino’s shuttle transports from the mineral water bottling plant at San Pellegrino Terme to its logistics centre at Madone are now operated on gas fuel.Growth over the past years has been strong and continues to increase. Sanpellegrino will this spring start construction of a major extension of its production facilities. That means more transports on the narrow winding roads through villages in the Bergamasque Prealp valleys to and from the springs. Each day, there are 300 truck movements to the production plant, around the clock, all days of the week.In view of rising production, Sanpellegrino and its logistics partner Koinè therefore initiated discussions with Scania on finding a more sustainable solution. “These liquefied gas trucks constitute an important element in ensuring the continued development of our operations,” says Maura Sartore, Head of Supply Chain South Europe, Nestlé Waters.The group underlines that the introduction of gas trucks forms a part of its sustainability agenda and that it has already cut water consumption by 200,000 cubic meters and that its electricity supply is now fully renewable.

http://www.ngvglobal.com/blog/sanpellegrino-sparkles-with-scania-lng-truck-deliveries-0204[Edited]

 

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Cairo’s transit agency will operate over 120 MAN CNG buses by 2020

The Cairo Transportation Authority (CTA) has ordered 122 natural gas buses and thus places its cards on profitability, sustainability and reduced emissions. The vehicles are based around an MAN type A69 chassis.

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The two-axle low-entry chassis is driven by a natural gas engine with 310 hp (228 kW) and meets the EEV emission standard. Passengers can choose from 33 seats and 67 standing places.The new CNG buses were produced in cooperation with the local importer, Kastour Egypt for Industry & Trading, which already delivered the first vehicles to the CTA at the beginning of December 2018. The delivery of an additional 60 vehicles is planned for July 2019, and the last units are to be handed over in the first quarter of 2020.The CTA was also particularly concerned with the issue of safety, and various assistance systems, such as the electronic brake system (EBS), meet this need. The buses have also been equipped with disc brakes and an automatic fire-extinguishing system in the engine compartment, among other things.The ZF Ecolife automatic gearbox with integrated hydraulic retarder combines sustainable driving with a high level of efficiency, and ensures impressively smooth running. Electronically controlled air suspension (ECAS) also improves driving comfort and makes boarding easier for passengers by allowing the bus to conveniently kneel on the boarding side.

http://www.ngvjournal.com/s1-news/c3-vehicles/cairos-transit-operator-will-deploy-over-120-man-cng-buses-by-2020/

 

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Lid lifted off CNG and LNG vehicle imports for Argentina

The Government of Argentina has published ENARGAS (National Gas Regulatory Entity) Resolution 42 to enable the importation of vehicles powered by natural gas.

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According to the official bulletin of the Republic of Argentina, the efficient use of natural gas represents a transition from the secondary energy matrix to cleaner and more efficient fuel use patterns.The approval eliminates a prohibition on the importation of vehicles driven by CNG or LNG in force since 1980. To date, ENARGAS reports about 1.65 million vehicles have been converted to CNG since the government began promoting development of a CNG industry in 1984. Now the National Government and the Government of the City of Buenos Aires are refocusing development of CNG and LNG technologies, and addressing the execution of programs for the intensive use of natural gas.In particular, IVECO expressed the intention of introducing to the Argentine market units manufactured in Europe and certified under the “UNECE R-110” regulation of the United Nations, which governs the entire European Union. IVECO emphasized that the units to be imported had the backing of the Ministry of Transportation of Italy. Argentina considers approval by this organization as a form of certification endorsement. Two units were subsequently imported, each fitted with an adhesive wafer signaling approval for circulation.

http://www.ngvglobal.com/blog/lid-lifted-off-cng-and-lng-vehicle-imports-for-argentina-0128[Edited]

 

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ABS and DSIC collaborate on LNG as fuel innovation

American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has granted Approval in Principle (AIP) to two LNG powered designs from China’s Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Group Co (DSIC).

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The designs include a 208,000 dwt bulk carrier and a concept 260,000 dwt Very Large Ore Carrier (VLOC).Both designs incorporate a Type C LNG fuel tank in the open area of the aft deck, which DSIC says minimizes the influence on the arrangement of the deck house and increases cargo capacity. DSIC believes the optimized aft deck integrated arrangement achieved the modular design concept for the LNG gas supply system, safety system and filling system and makes for convenient installation and maintenance.DSIC said: “LNG is quickly becoming the alternative fuel of choice. By working with ABS, we are able to demonstrate the viability of our designs as a solution for shipowners and operators examining the feasibility of LNG as fuel for their vessels.”

http://www.ngvglobal.com/blog/abs-and-dsic-collaborate-on-lng-as-fuel-innovation-0201

 

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LNG as a Marine Fuel/Bunkering/ LNG Shipping

First Containership ship-to ship LNG bunkering in Europe

Containerships, a full-service logistics company, has reported its first LNG-fuelled container vessel, M/S Containerships Nord, successfully underwent her first Marine LNG bunkering at the Port of Rotterdam on 24th of January.

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Containerships was the first container shipping line in Europe to perform ship-to-ship bunkering with LNG.Around 240 metric tons of Marine LNG was bunkered to the vessel – an amount that can take her on a roundtrip from Rotterdam to St. Petersburg and back sailing through the Kiel canal twice.The first bunkering was carried out via a ship-to-ship LNG bunkering operation from Shell’s Bunker Vessel, the Cardissa. Future bunkering will be carried out simultaneously with loading and discharging operations. This means no disadvantages in operative efficiency will occur compared to traditional oil burning vessels.Bunkering procedures are based on detailed hazard identification and safety assessments. All vessel crew have passed essential LNG bunkering specific training, and safety is a priority throughout the bunkering operation.Tahir Faruqui, General Manager, Shell Global Downstream LNG, said: “We are proud to supply Containerships with a cleaner burning and viable fuel for the shipping industry. LNG bunkering is a very safe operation and we look forward to conducting simultaneous operations with Containerships in the future”.After receiving the next two newbuilds, Containerships can start offering its customers a service based on LNG. These vessels have endurance of 14 days with LNG, and they will be bunkered once per roundtrip during their regular service loop between Containerships’ core ports in the North and Baltic Seas.As part of the agreement signed by Containerships and Shell, Shell will supply the LNG for Containerships’ LNG vessels via ship-to-ship bunkering at the Port of Rotterdam. All the newbuilds will be bunkered by Shell bunker vessels, including the Cardissa.

http://www.ngvglobal.com/blog/first-containership-ship-to-ship-lng-bunkering-in-europe-0201

 

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LNG bunkers for Icebreaker Polaris at Finnish ports

The world’s first LNG-fueled icebreaker, Polaris, received LNG fuel in Finland from the Pori LNG import terminal (the first LNG terminal in Finland) in January and from the Manga LNG terminal located in the Röyttä Harbor in Tornio in February.  

 

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The commercial use of the Tornio import terminal began this year. The gas and fuel market of Northern Finland will diversify as the commercial use of the Tornio import terminal begins this year. The terminal is intended to meet industrial as well as land and maritime transport needs. “LNG is excellently suited for use as a marine fuel as it’s a great alternative to oil, and being environmentally friendly is one of its strengths. We’ve already supplied LNG for northern ports such as Luleå, Sweden, and Kemi and Oulu, Finland. Polaris is the first vessel bunkered in Tornio. The start of the commercial use of the Tornio Manga LNG terminal strengthens Gasum’s LNG supply chain in Northern Finland and Sweden for industry and maritime transport,” says Tommy Mattila, Sales and Marketing Director, Natural Gas and LNG, Gasum. Gasum has an LNG production plant and terminal in Risavika, Norway, LNG terminals in Øra, Norway, Lysekil, Sweden and Pori, Finland. Gasum is a joint-venturer in the Tornio Manga LNG terminal with Outokumpu, SSAB Europe and EPV Energy. The energy company Gasum is a Nordic gas sector and energy market expert. Together with its partners, Gasum is building a bridge towards a carbon-neutral society on land and at sea.

http://www.ngvglobal.com/blog/lng-bunkers-for-icebreaker-polaris-at-finnish-ports-0214

 

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Hapag-Lloyd converts LNG-Ready Sajir to LNG Dual-Fuel

Hapag-Lloyd will retrofit its 15,000 TEU ship MV Sajir to operate using liquefied natural gas (LNG).

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In future, the engine system will be able to function using either of two types of fuel: LNG or low-sulphur fuel oil (LSFO). The contract for the retrofitting was signed at the end of last week with Hudong ZHONGHUA Shipbuilding (Group) Co., Ltd.During its time in the shipyard, the ship’s fuel system and its existing heavy fuel oil-burning engine will be converted into a dual-fuel engine. The plan will be to operate the vessel using LNG, but to also be able to use low-sulphur fuel oil (LSFO) as a backup.“By converting the Sajir, we will be the first shipping company in the world to retrofit a container ship of this size to LNG propulsion”, says Richard von Berlepsch, Managing Director Fleet Management at Hapag-Lloyd. “By carrying out this unprecedented pilot, we hope to learn for the future and to pave the way for large ships to be retrofitted to use this alternative fuel.”Using LNG in the shipping industry could potentially reduce CO2 emissions by 15 to 30 percent and sulphur dioxide and particulate matter by more than 90 percent.The Sajir is one of the 17 vessels in Hapag-Lloyd’s fleet that were originally designed to be LNG-ready. Its 16 sister ships are also technically prepared for retrofitting. With the conversion of the Sajir, Hapag-Lloyd will be implementing a technological option to reduce the environmental impact of large vessels.

http://www.ngvglobal.com/blog/hapag-lloyd-converts-lng-ready-sajir-to-lng-dual-fuel-0207

 

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

Calvera delivers mobile gas pipeline to transport biomethane in Finland

The Industrial Group Calvera has recently supplied a customer in Finland with several units of their containers for the transport of biomethane, a mobile gas pipeline solution.

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The innovative equipment is designed under the flexible Hooklift system that includes easy loading and unloading with a Multilift hydraulic arm coupled to a truck, which makes logistics much easier by taking natural gas storage where it is needed and without leaving the tanker truck, only the container.Calvera’s equipment was custom-made in terms of capacity and weight, adjusting the product as much as possible to the client’s specific needs and offering high levels of efficiency and profitability through the use of the latest available technology.In this case, the client produces renewable natural gas from a wood waste digester, which is then compressed and marketed in biomethane service stations that serve buses, trucks, cars and light vehicles in Finland.The Nordic countries and Finland in particular have been betting on biomethane and on this type of mobility solutions that are gradually being extended thanks, in this case, to the products and the technological and industrial capacity of the Calvera Group, a leader in the field of transport of renewable compressed gases and in the decarbonization of industrial activities.

http://www.ngvjournal.com/s1-news/c5-products/calvera-delivers-mobile-gas-pipeline-solution-to-transport-biomethane-in-finland/

 

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Xebec puts into operation its first biogas upgrading facility in Italy

Xebec, a company specializing in designs, development, building and services of a range of pressure swing adsorption and membrane gas purification systems for biogas purification, announced the operation of its first ever Italian biogas upgrading plant in Modena.

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Based on Xebec’s innovative Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) product line, the plant is successfully producing pure biomethane, also known as renewable natural gas, and injecting it into the local gas grid of AS RETIGAS.Environmental service provider AIMAG had been collecting municipal waste, specifically source-separated organics, to produce biogas through an anaerobic digester (AD). The biogas was purified and used as renewable energy for a combined heat and power (CHP) unit.AIMAG hired environmental engineering and construction firm Atzwanger AG-SpA to help them maximize their biogas opportunity. Atzwanger chose Xebec as its upgrading supplier after extensive evaluation of various technologies. Xebec’s innovative PSA technology was selected as the most reliable, cost effective and simple solution in this specific setting.

http://www.ngvjournal.com/s1-news/c1-markets/xebec-puts-into-operation-its-first-biogas-upgrading-facility-in-italy/

 

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Biomethanation plant success prompts IMC to come up with a bigger one

The success of two biomethenation plants in city has prompted Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) to come up with a bigger one. Corporation officials said that third biomethenation plant with 50 tonne per day capacity has been proposed. It will be used to treat wet waste and produce bio fuel or CNG for city buses. “

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This new bio-methenation plant would be installed under public private partnership (PPP) model,” said IMC commissioner Asheesh Singh. The civic body will provide wet waste and in return, agency would provide bio-fuel to civic body at minimum Rs5 less than market price of bio fuel or CNG.The commissioner said that they have already hired an agency for this project and are in process to identify a land for installation of this plant. IMC’s waste management consultant Asad Warsi said that capacity of existing plants located at Choitram Mandi and Kabitkhedi areas is 8 tonne per day and 15 tonne per day respectively. “This new plant will be set up with an increased capacity to reduce fuel expenditure and also to ensure proper disposal of wet waste generated in city,” he said, adding that the plant would be capable of producing at least 1800 kg bio gas per day. Officials expect to make this new plant operational by end of March.Civic body at its existing biomethanation plants at Choithram Mandi and Kabitkhedi is treating 35 tonne wet waste daily and producing over 1000 kg bio-CNG per day. Daily average run of city bus is around 150km and its average CNG consumption is around 40kg.

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/indore/imc-biomethenation-plant/articleshow/67841611.cms

 

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Innovative leasing service for gas transport now available in all Europe

Renewable gas producers will be able to bring their fuel to the market more economically thanks to the new leasing service developed by Grupo Industrial Calvera, a Spanish company specializing in gas transportation.

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This company, which has already signed two leases, one with an international industrial gas and hydrogen company and the other with a major Spanish gas supplier, now plans to extend the service to all of Europe.With this formula, described as “an authentic industry first in the sector”, Calvera offers the possibility of renting its full range of gas transport options, including trailers and mobile refueling units to customers such as suppliers of biomethane, energy services companies and energy facilities. The company indicates that this service will significantly improve the profitability of many biogas producers and renewable hydrogen projects, as well as it will attract companies specialized in gas transportation.To announce this new service, Calvera has received more than 20 companies -including Gasunie, Honda, Total and Engie- at its Épila plant, near Zaragoza, where they showcased their latest innovations and products, such as mobile gas pipelines for hydrogen and biomethane as well as equipment available for leasing.

http://www.ngvjournal.com/s1-news/c5-products/innovative-leasing-service-to-transport-gas-now-available-in-all-europe/ [Edited]

 

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