Gas Natural Fenosa announced today they have opened a natural-gas vehicle refueling station in Alovera, Guadalajara. The station located on the A-2, is part of Gas Natural Fenosa strategy for creating a natural-gas refueling network along Spain's main highways. The Alovera service station can supply both compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas.
This new facility joins the 16 other service stations supplying liquefied natural gas in Spain. The Alovera service station, which has a 60 cubic meter tank, can supply both LNG and CNG via a double dispenser. The station has an annual refueling capacity of 12,000 LNG-powered trucks and 42,000 CNG-powered light vehicles.
The Alovera service station is one of seven built in Spain as part of the European "Gas as an Alternative for Road Transport" (GARneT) project led by Gas Natural Fenosa. The stations, installed along the main transport corridors, supply liquefied natural gas and compressed natural gas to vehicles that use these fuels.
This week a ceremonial "first cutting of steel" took place marking the start of construction of TOTE, Inc.’s new Marlin Class LNG powered containership at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego, Calif.
TOTE is the parent company of Jacksonville-based Sea Star Line, a JAXPORT tenant for more than 20 years. JAXPORT owns and manages three public marine terminals and one passenger cruise terminal in Jacksonville Florida
TOTE’s announced in 2012 that it would be investing in new LNG powered containerships for the Puerto Rico trade from Jacksonville. The Marlins, which will home port in Jacksonville, Florida, will enter service in late 2015 and early 2016.
TOTE recently announced it entered into an agreement with Pivotal LNG and WesPac Midstream to provide LNG to the ships.
“The move to LNG fuel is no less significant than the evolution from sail to steam,” said Mark Tabbutt, Chairman of Saltchuk, TOTE’s parent company, “the Marlins represent the start of a new age in American maritime.”
Crowley Maritime Corp. announced today that their Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering company Jensen Maritime has been awarded a contract to design LNG bunker barges for LNG America LLC. LNG America is a Houston-based LNG fuel supply and distribution company.
According to Crowley Maritime the vessels are expected to be delivered in late 2015 and have an initial planned capacity of up to 3,000 cubic meters of LNG. Crowley Maritime noted the bunker barges will serve the dual purpose of moving LNG from LNG America’s Louisiana supply source to coastal-based storage and distribution terminals and in directly bunkering large ships.
“Through LNG America’s LNG bunkering initiative, we plan to serve and facilitate the growing marine demand for LNG,” said Keith Meyer, CEO of LNG America. “LNG America sees the demand for marine LNG to be robust as long as LNG can be made available to the maritime industry on a reliable, dependable and cost-competitive basis. Our mission is to deliver competitively priced LNG as fuel where needed, when needed and in the quantity needed.”
Above: Crowley Maritime Corp. LNG Bunker Barge Image: Crowley Maritime Corp.
Stabilis Energy announced yesterday that the company has hired Trey Brandimarte as Director of Finance, Accounting, and Administration. Mr. Brandimarte will be responsible for leading the company's finance and accounting activities to optimize the company's financial performance and strategic position.
Mr. Brandimarte comes to Stabilis from Dell, Inc. where he served as Finance Director of the North America Consumer business. His responsibilities over 16 years at Dell included finance roles in Corporate Planning and Treasury, in addition to positions as Sales Controller and Product Development Controller.
Prior to Dell, Mr. Brandimarte worked in the Audit and Advisory division of Ernst and Young LLP. He earned his Masters in Professional Accounting and Bachelor of Administration degrees from the University of Texas at Austin.
Stabilis Energy is a supplier of liquefied natural gas to the oilfield sector in North America. Stabilis also serves other off road end markets including mining, rail, and industrial. Stabilis recently announced a partnership with Flint Hills Resources to build up to five LNG liquefaction facilities targeting the North American oilfield sector. Stabilis is headquartered in Beaumont, TX and is privately held.
Gas LNG Europe (GLE) launched the 'LNG New Services Inventory' with focus on Small Scale LNG. The inventory provides an overview of the new services offered by the GLE members to meet the market needs. In addition, it has a special focus on small scale LNG.
The 5 services shown in the GLE LNG New Services Inventory include:
reloading, the transfer of LNG from the LNG reservoirs of the terminal into a vessel;
transhipment, the direct transfer of LNG from one vessel into another;
loading of bunkering ships, the loading of LNG on bunkering ships which transport LNG in smaller quantities;
truck loading, the loading of LNG on tank trucks which transport LNG in smaller quantities;
rail loading, the loading of LNG on railcars.
Most of these services are already being provided at various terminals around Europe, or are under development, with the exception of rail loading, which is not offered yet in Europe but could be a future option.
The GLE LNG New Services Inventory shows the minimum ship size, the hourly capacity and use of these services in the past. The data are presented per terminal of the GLE members. It is part of the European small scale LNG infrastructure map which will be launched by GLE in the next few weeks.
Gas LNG Europe (GLE) currently comprises 15 European LNG terminal operators from 9 countries, representing around 90% of all the existing LNG regasification capacity in Europe. GLE is one of the columns of GIE, Gas Infrastructure Europe, the European association of the Transmission, Storage and LNG terminal Operators.
The GLE LNG New Services Inventory is accessible at: http://www.gie.eu/maps-data
Totem Ocean Trailer Express (Totem Ocean) has announced that Wärtsilä will supply main engines, generators and integrated LNG storage and fuel gas handling systems (LNGPac(TM)) for the largest LNG conversions ever undertaken in North America. In making this decision, John Parrott, President of Totem Ocean, cited Wärtsilä's proven technology as a deciding factor in selecting the company. Mr Parrott emphasized that "maintaining reliable, on time service is critical to Totem Ocean's customers as well as the economy and citizens of Alaska."
The contract was signed in the fourth quarter of 2013, and executives from both companies met on February 17, 2014 in Tacoma, Washington to announce the project.
"Today marks the beginning of a long relationship between our two companies," said Parrott. "Our relationship will outlast this project to extend over the 35-plus year life of our vessels."
Totem Ocean's fleet of two Orca Class roll-on/roll-off cargo ships - M.V. Midnight Sun and M.V. North Star transport about one-third of all the goods required by the inhabitants of Alaska. Cargo includes essential items such as food, household goods, vehicles, construction materials and military supply support.
As a result of the conversion, the Totem Ocean vessels will set new standards for environmental responsibility by reducing sulphur oxide (SOx) emission by 100 per cent; particulate matter (PM) by 91 per cent; nitrogen oxide (NOx) by 90 per cent; and carbon dioxide (CO2) by 35 per cent.
"It is an unprecedentedly exciting time to be in the maritime industry. Economic constraints and the need to comply with environmental legislation have combined to accelerate the switch to LNG fuel. Wärtsilä is uniquely positioned to enable this transition since we have been a leader in developing the appropriate technology for nearly 30 years. We look forward to working with TOTE on converting the Midnight Sun and North Star to LNG so that they can realize the benefits that LNG as a marine fuel can provide," says Björn Rosengren, President & CEO of Wärtsilä Corporation.
Above: TOTE conversion with Wärtsilä engines and LNGPac systems Source: Wärtsilä
Siem Offshore has again contracted Wärtsilä to supply the design and integrated solutions for four new platform supply vessels (PSVs). The ships will be built at the Remontowa Shipbuilding yard in Poland. The contract was signed in January 2014.
The four new vessels, like the two currently under construction, will utilize the Wärtsilä VS 4411 DF ship design and will have Wärtsilä dual-fuel propulsion allowing them to operate primarily on liquefied natural gas. With the various Wärtsilä systems having been integrated into a total solution, and with an optimized hull design, the vessels will feature lower fuel consumption, reduced fuel costs, and fewer exhaust emissions compared to vessels running on conventional marine fuel.
Wärtsilä will also supply the complete diesel electric system, the Wärtsilä LNGPac gas storage and handling system, and the complete electrical and automation system, including a four-split Wärtsilä LLC (Low Loss Concept) solution. The Wärtsilä LLC will enable the vessels to fulfill the highest possible Environmental Regularity Number (ERN) of 99.99.99. The ERN rating represents the capability of a vessel to maintain its position and normal operations under certain weather conditions. Wärtsilä is the first supplier capable of providing such a high ERN.
“This repeat order emphasises again the efficiency and customer benefits of Wärtsilä’s unique position as a total solutions provider. These PSVs will often be working in challenging sea conditions, and in areas where strict emissions regulations are in place. Our integrated systems solution and dual-fuel technology that allows the ships to run on clean LNG fuel, enable such challenges to be met and overcome,” says Magnus Miemois, Vice President, Wärtsilä Solutions.
The four new PSVs will be built to the highest requirements for operations on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. They will have an overall length of 89 meters, a beam of 19 meters, a deck area of 970 m2, and a capacity of 5,500 dwt. They are scheduled for delivery between third quarter 2015 and second quarter 2016.
Fluxys Belgium's parent company Fluxys announced they are investing in a brand-new LNG filling station. The station will be built in Veurne on the premises of Transporter Eric Mattheeuws which has acquired 26 Volvo LNG-powered trucks. The station plans to be operational in the summer of 2014.
The filling station will have a 60 m3 LNG storage tank; all permits have been granted so that construction can start. The station will be supplied by tanker truck from the LNG terminal in Zeebrugge. Transporter Eric Mattheeuws will operate and perform minor maintenance on the station, which will also be accessible to other transport companies.
For Fluxys, the filling station is a pilot project in terms of engineering, technology, permitting and investment. The experience gained with the project and the feedback from Eric Mattheeuws as transporter and operator of the station is to yield recommendations and best practices Fluxys can use when building additional stations.
Eric Mattheeuws said: “The switchover to LNG means a drastic reduction in emissions from the trucks and has considerable financial advantages as well. With Fluxys’s investment in the LNG filling station, the logistics supply chain is now complete. We have developed a unique partnership with Fluxys, Eni, Volvo Trucks and Romac Fuels to promote LNG as a valid alternative to bio-petroleum. The initial tests are very promising. If, six months after opening the filling station, you read about additional investments being made, then you can be sure that LNG has begun its conquest!”
Fluxys CEO Walter Peeraer said: "Transporters are holding off on switching to LNG for lack of filling stations and no filling stations are being built because there are no customers. By joining forces with transporter Eric Mattheeuws, we are breaking this vicious circle and lowering the threshold for other transporters to make the switch to LNG as a sustainable alternative to diesel.”
Gasrec, a European supplier of liquefied gas fuel to the transport sector announced they have opened a dedicated Bio-LNG filling station at Arla Foods’ new £150 million dairy at Aylesbury. The dairy is set to become the UK’s first zero carbon dairy and has the capacity to process up to one billion litres of fresh milk a year. Bio-LNG is Gasrec’s proprietary fuel blend. The standard blend is 25% Liquefied Biomethane (LBM) and 75% Liquefied Natural Gas. LBM is derived from landfill gas, anaerobic digestion and other sources of stranded gas. When combined with LNG it becomes Gasrec’s unique offering, Bio-LNG – which can cut HGV fuel bills by up to 20 per cent compared to pure diesel equivalents. It can also provide CO2 emission reductions of up to 20% (85% LNG: 15% LBM) and can cut particulate matter emissions by up to 90 per cent (NOx by 90 per cent and SO2 by 60 per cent).
Gasrec has a strategic partnership with the leading European dairy company Arla Foods, to develop and implement a strategy to introduce low emission Bio-LNG fuel for its heavy goods vehicle fleet across its European operations. The initiative supports Arla’s U.K. Logistics target of a 25 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions by 2020 within the areas of production, transport and packaging.
At the new Aylesbury dairy Arla plans to convert its entire fleet of vehicles to dual-fuel; with the first 10 dual-fuel conversion trucks running on Bio-LNG this month. As part of this collaboration, Gasrec will supply bio-LNG and provide refueling station infrastructure at the Aylesbury site matched to the number of trucks converted to use it.
Steve Wright Logistics Project Facilitator for Arla Foods, said: “Arla are pleased to have Gasrec as a business partner, we look forward to developing our Bio-LNG refuelling infrastructure at Aylesbury and are confident that Gasrec are in an ideal position to deliver”.
Ben Sawford, Gasrec’s Chief Commercial Officer, said: “Sustainability and green issues are critical to Arla Foods and it is a pleasure to be helping such an enlightened company to develop strategies for reducing both cost and carbon emissions from their transport operations. As our network and operations expand further, I am confident many other companies will see the rewards of converting HGV fleets to bio-fuels – benefiting both the environment and their balance sheets.”