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Ferus Natural Gas Fuels Opens First Merchant LNG Facility in Canada

Ferus Natural Gas Fuels Inc. announced today the opening of the first merchant LNG facility in Canada.  The facility, which became commercially operational in May, 2014, is located in Elmworth, Alberta, about 65 kilometres southwest of Grand Prairie.

Ferus NGF’s Elmworth LNG plant produces LNG fuel for engines used in drilling rigs, pressure pumping services, water heating for well fracturing and heavy-duty highway and off-road trucks. To support the entire LNG supply chain, Ferus has also designed and built mobile storage and dispensing equipment to provide full-service fueling solutions.

Currently, the facility can produce up to 50,000 gallons per day of LNG and has capacity to expand up to 250,000 gallons per day of LNG.

“Regionally focused small-scale LNG plants like the one we have built in Elmworth ensure proximal and reliable supply for our customers,” said Dick Brown, CEO of Ferus NGF. “In order for customers to make the switch to natural gas they need a high level of certainty and trust. Ferus NGF is successfully fueling oil and gas operations and on-road trucking with natural gas and our business plans include the wide-spread build-out of LNG and CNG infrastructure to provide regional supply and service across multiple high horsepower industries in North America.”

Clough and GE Oil and Gas Australia Sign Small Scale LNG Agreement

Clough Limited and GE Oil and Gas Australia have signed an agreement to identify and deliver small-scale liquefied natural gas fuel solutions for clients located in Australasia according to a Clough statement. The agreement will bring together LNG technology and EPC capability to develop small LNG network solutions for domestic applications including remote power, industrial use and transportation fuel.

According to Clough the collaboration between GE and Clough will help build a virtual pipeline network for LNG fuelling in the region where physical pipeline infrastructure is scarce, particularly to remote areas for power generation and mining operations. The companies plan to provide an end-to-end LNG fuel solution that will convert natural gas into LNG and deliver it to the final point of use, including all the associated infrastructure, storage and transportation. Providing this fully-integrated solution ensures a reliable LNG fuel supply to replace diesel, allowing clients to focus on their core business.

Clough CEO and Managing Director Kevin Gallagher said the solution will enable clients to sustainably reduce energy costs and carbon emissions. “Replacing diesel with LNG fuel for transport and power will provide sustainable economic and environmental benefits, not only for clients, but for all of Australia. LNG fuel is cost-effective, clean and safe, and makes use of abundant Australian gas resources.  Clough and our partner GE aim to become the enabler for clients to convert from imported diesel to domestically supplied gas.” 

GE Oil & Gas Acting Regional Manager, Ross Ismail, said, “Natural gas is in abundant supply particularly in Australia, making it cost-efficient to use this cleaner burning fuel for transportation, fleet management, marine and other industrial applications. Together, with Clough, we will have the ability to bring a complete, fully-integrated solution to our customers in the Small-Scale LNG space.”

New York City Inviting Bids for LNG Ferry Engine, Storage and Bunkering Equipment

The New York City Department of Transportation, Division of Ferries, is inviting bids for the following:

Pin # 84114SISI783 – Austen Class Ferry Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Engine Equipment

Pin # 84114SISI784 – Austen Ferry Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Storage and Bunkering Equipment

The Pre-Bid Meeting will be held on October 30, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. at Staten Island Ferry Maintenance Facility, 1 Bay Street, Staten Island, New York 10301

Sealed bid must be submitted by 11:00 AM on November 20, 2014 to 55 Water Street, Ground Floor, New York, NY 10041. Entrance is located on the South Side of the Building facing the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Proper government issued identification is required for entry to the building (driver’s license, passport, etc.)

Solicitation documents can be downloaded free of charge from the City Record Website at:  

http://a856-internet.nyc.gov/nycvendoronline/home.asp

VT Halter Marine starts construction on LNG powered ships for Crowley

VT Halter Marine, Inc. announced yesterday it has started construction on the first of two LNG powered, combination Container Roll-On/Roll-Off (ConRo) vessels for Crowley.

The vessels will be built at the Pascagoula, Mississippi facility, with deliveries scheduled for mid and late 2017. The ship design is provided by Wartsila Ship Design in conjunction with Crowley subsidiary Jensen Maritime, a Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering firm.

VT Halter Marine noted the new ConRo vessel has been designed to maximize the carriage of 102-inch-wide containers, which offer the most cubic cargo capacity in the trade. The vessel measures 219.5m long, 32.3m wide (beam), with a deep draft of 10m, and an approximate deadweight capacity of 26,500 metric tonnes. Cargo capacity will be approximately 2,400 TEUs (20-foot-equivalent-units), with additional space for nearly 400 vehicles.

Bill Skinner, Chief Executive Officer of VT Halter Marine said, “VT Halter Marine is pleased and excited to announce the first steel plate cut which launches the official start of construction for these new LNG ConRo ships. These vessels signify how important the Jones Act is in keeping Americans employed in the marine industry. We are most grateful for Crowley’s continued confidence in VT Halter Marine.”

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(left to right): Jensen's Dean Sahr, Manager, New Construction Projects and Jonathan Smith, Director, Construction
Management, with Crowley's Ray Martus, Vice President, Construction Management; Tucker Gilliam, Vice President, Liner
Services; Patrick Sperry, Manager, Construction Management; and Cole Cosgrove, Vice President, Operations

FortisBC starts construction of expanded Tilbury LNG Facility

FortisBC, a subsidiary of Fortis Inc., announced today it officially started construction of its $400-million Tilbury LNG Facility expansion project. Bechtel was awarded the engineering, procurement, and construction contract to expand its Tilbury facility which will include a new 1-billion-cubic-foot full-containment LNG storage tank. Bechtel also is responsible for the startup and commissioning of the new liquefaction facility.

FortisBC is expanding their Tilbury Island LNG storage facility in Delta, BC to meet what they believe to be the long-term projected growth for LNG as transportation fuel. FortisBC Energy Inc. operates the only two LNG facilities in Western Canada. The existing Tilbury LNG Facility opened in 1971. The expanded liquefaction plant will be powered by electric drives and the facility will be air-cooled eliminating the need for cooling water. Construction is planned to be completed in November 2016. The project will add approximately 46,000 cubic meters of LNG storage and increase the facility's liquefaction capacity to 1,740 cubic meters per day. 

To date, FortisBC has announced more than $17.5 million in incentives for approximately 400 heavy-duty LNG and compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles, as well as incentives for five marine vessels. Heavy-duty customers Vedder Transport Ltd., Arrow Transportation Systems Inc. and Denwill Enterprises Inc. acquire LNG from the existing Tilbury LNG facility.

"Our investments and the market potential for LNG as a more cost-effective and environmentally-friendly fuel source provides benefits for British Columbians – including our existing utility customers," said John Walker , Executive Vice President, Western Canadian Operations, Fortis Inc . "FortisBC LNG is helping B.C. businesses increase their competitive position, while the increased demand will bring rate benefits for our nearly one million natural gas customers across the province."

LNG America and Buffalo Marine Service to cooperate on the design of an LNG bunker fuel network

LNG America announced today an agreement with Buffalo Marine Service, Inc. to cooperate on the design of an LNG bunker fuel network for the U.S. Gulf Coast region.

LNG America is developing a hub-and-spoke delivery system for LNG as fuel for the marine market and other high horsepower applications. LNG America plans to establish a delivery infrastructure of LNG as fuel in major US ports. Buffalo Marine is a bunkering company in the Gulf of Mexico with over 50 vessels dedicated to bunkering in the region.

“Combining the bunkering experience of Buffalo Marine with our LNG experience and our progress towards building the infrastructure necessary to support LNG bunkering will help us to provide the best possible service to the emerging LNG fueled marine customers while using the best safety practices available from both industries,” said Keith Meyer, President and CEO of LNG America.

LNG America noted the agreement will incorporate Buffalo Marine’s logistical, commercial, and administrative expertise regarding bunkering operations with LNG America’s experience with LNG as fuel for high horsepower applications and overall business-development efforts related to LNG bunkering.

“Bunkering LNG in North America presents a unique opportunity for shippers—a cost effective, readily available, and extraordinarily clean fuel,” said Patrick Studdert, President of Buffalo Marine Service. “Our decades of bunkering experience in the region will mix well with LNG America’s LNG expertise in order to insure safe adoption and use of LNG as a marine fuel.”

Clean Energy Announces the NGV Easy Bay™ Natural Gas Vapor Barrier System

Clean Energy Fuels today announced the launch of NGV Easy Bay™, a separation and vapor containment system available for natural gas vehicle maintenance and storage facilities.  According to Clean Energy Fuels the NGV Easy Bay™, U.S. patent pending, is the first code-compliant fabric barrier system utilizing an industrial curtain designed for quick, cost-efficient installation and operation.

Developed by Clean Energy’s NGV Facility Modification team, NGV Easy Bay™ can be installed in a matter of days.  Custom fabricated panels are scalable to accommodate a single bay isolation project or can be used to divide a large building into multiple bays for servicing or storing multiple vehicles. 

“With NGV Easy Bay™, customers now have an unprecedented and cost-effective option available to adapt their facility for NGVs,” said Tim Newman, general manager of Clean Energy’s facility modification group.  “As fleets across the country convert their vehicles to natural gas, a growing need has emerged for a scalable and practical solution to modify facilities.  NGV Easy Bay™ meets these needs remarkably well.”

Clean Energy noted that NGV Easy Bay™ eliminates the costly and time-consuming requirements of conventional construction approaches by using industrial fabrics rigorously tested to meet ASTM standards for exposure to compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas.  

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Image: Clean Energy Fuels 

Diesel Technology Forum Says Clean Diesel Technology Adopted At Faster Rate Than National Average for U.S. Public Transit

According to Ezra Finkin, the Director of Policy for the Diesel Technology Forum, new clean diesel technology is being adopted by U.S. transit officials at a faster pace than other large vehicle sectors.

Finkin made his comments today at the American Public Transportation Association's Expo Bus and Maintenance Technical Session in Houston.

Finkin noted that U.S. transit agencies were adopting clean diesel technology at a faster percentage than the heavy duty trucking fleet.  Nationally, 44 percent of the diesel transit buses meet or exceed the first EPA clean diesel standard – Model Year 2007 or newer – while 33 percent of the U.S. truck fleet meet or exceed the standard according to Finkin.

"The rate of adoption by transit agencies of clean diesel technology surprised us and is very significant, since transit agencies are at the forefront for evaluating the best fuels and technologies to serve their communities," Finkin said during his presentation. "It also comes at a time when there are a growing number of technology choices, incentives and pressures on transit fleets to procure technology to meet local clean air, energy and climate objectives.

Finkin noted that APTA's 2013 data showed the share of fuels and engines in the public transit bus fleet in 2013 consisted of:

77.71% Diesel Buses

19.90% CNG

0.96% LNG

0.20% Hydrogen

0.11% Electric

0.10% Gasoline and Electric

0.08% Propane

Of the diesel buses currently in the U.S. fleet, Finkin said APTA's data showed that 81% were conventional diesels, 12% were diesel-electric, and 7% operated on biodiesel.

Clean Energy Fuels acquiring a controlling interest in NG Advantage

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. today reported it delivered for the first time over 50 million compressed natural gas gallons in one quarter.  The company plans to grow its CNG sales further with a strategic move to expand its CNG market to large industrial and institutional energy users beyond the nation’s natural gas pipeline by acquiring a controlling interest in NG Advantage LLC.  

According to a Clean Energy Fuels statement the NG Advantage investment will primarily be used to fund capital expenditures for expansion and growth in the business.  Clean Energy will also purchase NG Advantage’s Milton, Vermont, compression station which is on track to supply nearly 16 million gasoline-gallon-equivalents of CNG annually.  This station will immediately become Clean Energy’s highest-volume station in its nationwide network of almost 500 stations.

“The NG Advantage purchase is a perfect example of Clean Energy’s focus on aggressively pursuing new market opportunities to help rapidly grow our CNG gas sales,” said Andrew J. Littlefair, President and CEO of Clean Energy.  “Our record growth in overall delivered gallons combined with the new market reach of NG Advantage positions Clean Energy to keep growing as our trucking business develops.”

NG Advantage’s founder and president, Tom Evslin, will remain with the company as CEO and its second largest investor, and will continue to oversee operations from its Milton offices. Founded less than four years ago, the company and the acceptance of the “virtual pipeline” have grown rapidly. As a result of this partnership, Clean Energy expects a significant increase in delivered CNG volume day one and forecasts rapid growth as NG Advantage expands with Clean Energy’s existing station network and new stations built with compressors from its IMW subsidiary.

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