LNG For Fuel

MP&ES Introduces the Greenville Natural Gas Locomotive

Motive Power & Equipment Solutions, Inc. announced the company has introduced the Greenville™ locomotive.  The Greenville™ is a ultra­low emissions Gen Set locomotive powered by a combination of natural gas and diesel fuels. “Natural gas offers our customers an opportunity to greatly reduce their operating fuel costs while cutting emissions at the same time,” said MP&ES CEO and President David Wilkerson. “The availability of low cost, US sourced natural gas provides an unprecedented opportunity for green locomotives. MP&ES has invested heavily in technology, research and staffing to be at the forefront of delivering highly affordable, natural gas powered locomotives for switcher and short line operations.”

Motive Power & Equipment Solutions, Inc. noted the company has been evaluating technology options and developing system designs for natural gas locomotives for more than two years. The company recognized the critical importance of providing a cost effective system that can meet the high reliability and durability requirements of the railroad industry. To deliver the best locomotives, an assessment was made of the full range of dual fuel and dedicated, 100% natural gas technologies. MP&ES, with its technology partner OptiFuel Systems, LLC, is now conducting final power system testing and calibration along with full emissions certification. The company, which manufactures a line of locomotives under the MP designation, expects to begin taking orders on its Greenville TM MP1500 (1500Hp) dual fuel locomotives later in 2014, with other models to follow. Recently, MP&ES was selected by the Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad Company (IHB) as one of a limited number of qualified vendors being considered for the conversion of 31 locomotives to natural gas.

MP&ES Introduces the Greenville Natural Gas Locomotive

First LNG Tank Rolls Off the Lockheed Martin Assembly Line

Lockheed Martin has announced that their first Liquefied Natural Gas tank has transitioned from the assembly line to the shipyard for integration with the Wartsila LNG propulsion system.

Weighing in at 250,000 pounds the LNG tank is the first of its kind for Lockheed Martin and will soon be used for marine applications under contract to Wartsila for Harvey Gulf International Marine LLC, a marine transportation company based in New Orleans. The LNG tank will be installed in Harvey Gulf's LNG powered offshore support vessel currently under construction at Gulf Coast Shipyard Group in Gulfport, Miss.

"We are very pleased with the relationship we are building with Lockheed Martin during this process. Our commitment to help our country become energy independent is clear. Harvey Gulf International Marine LLC will continue to be the leader in bringing low cost service solutions to our clients," said Harvey Gulf Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Shane Guidry. 

Lockheed Martin noted this is the first in a series of cryogenic tanks the company will produce in support of expanding use of LNG tanks for marine applications and land-based storage.  Lockheed Martin expects interest for cryogenic tanks to increase as the LNG market segments continue to mature and the infrastructure is placed to support the safety of operating, transporting and bunkering of cryogenic fuels.

The Lockheed Martin tanks are built inside the 43-acre NASA Michoud Assembly Facility Main Manufacturing Building in New Orleans. 

First LNG Tank Rolls Off the Lockheed Martin Assembly Line

Above: Lockheed Martin tank at Michoud Assembly Facility Main Manufacturing Building in New Orleans. Source: Lockheed Martin


Encana to sell US LNG assets to Stabilis Energy

Stabilis Energy has announced they have signed a definitive agreement to purchase substantially all of the U.S. based assets of Encana Natural Gas Inc. Encana Natural Gas Inc. is based in Denver, Colorado and is a distributor of liquefied natural gas used in high horsepower engine operators in the oilfield, mining, rail, marine, over the road transportation, and industrial sectors.  Encana Natural Gas Inc. is a subsidiary of Encana Corporation. The transaction is scheduled to close on April 30, 2014. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Stabilis noted in addition to adding the staff of Encana Natural Gas, Stabilis has also agreed to purchase its fleet of cryogenic assets including storage and regasification trailers, mobile fueling units, and other related equipment. Stabilis will fulfill all of the existing customer obligations including its existing contracts, subject to customer consent of Encana Natural Gas.

"We are proud to announce the addition of Encana Natural Gas Inc.'s people, assets, and customer relationships to Stabilis Energy," said Casey Crenshaw, President and CEO of Stabilis Energy. "ENGI has a world-class staff that will help us reach our goal of being the leading provider of LNG fuel solutions to high horsepower operators in North America. They possess deep sector expertise and strong customer relationships that we believe will make Stabilis Energy an LNG industry leader across multiple geographies and end markets."

In October of 2013 Stabilis announced they had formed a venture with Flint Hills Resources, LLC to build up to five LNG liquefiers serving oilfield fuel consumers. The new venture plans to open its first LNG production facility in January 2015 in George West, Texas.  The facility will produce LNG for high horsepower oilfield fuel applications throughout the Eagle Ford Shale. Planned production capacity is 100,000 gallons per day.

In January of this year Stabilis announced they had hired former Clean Energy Fuels employee Koby Knight as Vice President of Liquefied Natural Gas Plant Construction and New Market Development.  Knight is responsible for the construction of Stabilis' LNG production facilities, including the facility currently under construction in George West, TX, and for developing new business opportunities in off road natural gas fuel end markets.

The First Containerized LNG Shipment to Hawaii Was Provided by Clean Energy Fuels

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. announced today that it has supplied Hawaii Gas with the first shipment of liquefied natural gas in Hawaii state history. Hawaii Gas recently received approval from the Hawaii Public Utility Commission to land containerized LNG for use as a back-up fuel source for its Oahu synthetic natural gas plant. Clean Energy’s initial delivery totaled approximately 7,100 LNG gallons.

The LNG was loaded into an ISO container at Clean Energy’s liquefaction plant in Boron, California, transported to the Port of Los Angeles and then shipped to Honolulu, Hawaii, where it was re-gasified and injected into Hawaii Gas’s utility distribution pipeline.

“Natural gas has again proven its versatility by meeting the fueling needs of Hawaii Gas in an economically and environmentally-friendly manner,” said Brian Powers, vice president of LNG production at Clean Energy. “Hawaii Gas has shown leadership in its multi-year commitment to bring the benefits of natural gas to the ratepayers of Hawaii.”

Hawaii Gas is working in partnership with stakeholders throughout the state to utilize LNG as a less expensive and cleaner burning fuel for utility and commercial power generation as well as for ground and marine transportation.

“These initial shipments of LNG represent an important step in support of Hawaii’s clean energy future,” said Alicia Moy, Chief Executive Officer of Hawaii Gas. “Bringing LNG in ISO containers allows us to diversify our existing fuel supply. As we bring in larger quantities of LNG, we believe we can meet the needs of the people and businesses of Hawaii by lowering their cost of energy with a lower-carbon fuel.”


Above: LNG loaded onto an ISO container at Clean Energy's liquefaction plant in Boron, Calif., for transport to Hawaii Gas in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Source: Clean Energy

ENN Canada 1000th customer at new LNG station in Chilliwack, British Columbia

ENN Canada announced yesterday that the company has achieved a milestone by fueling up the 1000th customer at ENN’s new LNG station in Chilliwack, British Columbia.

ENN noted the station is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and positioned along Highway 1,  a busy trucking corridor in British Columbia. “This is an important milestone not only for ENN Canada but for the LNG industry in B.C.”, said Henry Cai, CEO of ENN Canada. “With 1000 trucks filled in under two months, it is clear the BC trucking industry has embraced LNG as a safer, cleaner and cost competitive alternative to diesel.” Cai also noted that “on average, LNG is 30-40% less expensive than diesel and produces up to 25% less emissions.”

Since opening in February 2014, the ENN pointed out that the Chilliwack station has continued to grow a diverse base of trucking clients including Arrow and Sutco. All of the ENN liquefied natural gas stations are full-service and operated by highly trained station attendants and technicians. “We chose this location because we had confidence in British Columbia, and the BC trucking industry, that they were eager to embrace BC Natural Gas.” said Cai. “Their confidence in adopting this technology has been critical to our early success, and we’re committed to building additional stations across the Province as demand continue to increase.”

ENN Canada currently operates four LNG fueling stations, two in British Columbia and two in Ontario along major transportation routes. 

Caterpillar Marine shipment of Cat® 3500 series marine gas engines

Caterpillar Marine announced the first shipment of Cat® 3500 series marine gas engines from its Lafayette, Indiana manufacturing facility. Five Cat G3516 marine engines were selected to power the Becker Marine Systems subsidiary, Hybrid Port Energy, LNG-Hybrid Barge. The LNG-Hybrid barge will provide shore power to cold ironing cruise ships and serve as a backup power provider for the local Hamburg electric power and heat grid.

The G3516 is a spark-ignited, gas engine specially designed to operate in commercial vessel applications. The gas fuelled units will be capable of providing up to 7.75 MW of electric power. Cat dealer Zeppelin Power Systems led sales efforts on the project and will continue to support packaging and installation of the Cat power solutions.

The G3516C is a vee-16 configuration, providing 1550 ekW @ 1,500 rpm.  The fuel system is an inlet fumigated low pressure gas system.  It is able to run at 100% power with gas qualities down to Methane Nr 70.  The electronics and control system provide the reliability and safety that marine customers demand. Additionally, the first generator set packages recently completed and successfully passed the Bureau Veritas witness testing at the Zeppelin Power Systems facility in Achim, Germany. 

Caterpillar Marine shipment of Cat® 3500 series marine gas engines


Above: Cat® 3500 series marine gas engine

Clean Energy Opens Two LNG Stations

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. today announced fueling has begun at its Amarillo, Texas, and Oklahoma City, Okla., America’s Natural Gas Highway stations to serve UPS’ growing LNG truck fleet. Clean Energy noted UPS has deployed six heavy-duty LNG trucks which are fueling at Clean Energy’s newly-opened Oklahoma City, Okla., station; an additional four trucks are expected to begin fueling at this station within weeks. These tractors are expected to consume approximately 300,000 DGEs of LNG per year. Clean Energy’s Amarillo, Texas, station has also opened and is fueling 10 LNG trucks under its previously-announced bulk fueling agreement with UPS.

Chart to build LNG fueling stations for Shell in the Netherlands

Chart Industries, Inc. has announced that Chart Ferox, a.s. its wholly owned subsidiary in the Czech Republic, has been awarded a contract with Shell to provide three LNG fueling stations for heavy-duty trucks in the Netherlands.

Shell tendered the stations in 2012 and selected Chart Ferox to design, supply, install and commission the equipment. Chart noted the Rotterdam site will be the first one to open to the public during late summer 2014. All stations are fully automatic, low working pressure and sized to fill 100 to 150 trucks per day having two LNG dispensers.

"This investment is in line with the growth we see across the globe in LNG end user equipment and will really boost the use of LNG as truck fuel," said Hans Lonsain, Chairman and Managing Director of Chart Ferox "This is another positive development for Chart that highlights our LNG growth opportunities, and we are happy to be working with Shell."

"Shell is investing in the infrastructure that will bring this innovative, cost-competitive and environmentally beneficial fuel to our customers," said Elen Phillips, Vice President, Shell Fuels Sales & Marketing Americas.

Ryder’s Natural Gas Fleet Surpasses 20 Million Miles

Ryder System, Inc. announced today that their fleet of over 500 natural gas vehicles has surpassed 20 million miles. The fleet consists of liquefied natural gas and compressed natural gas tractors serving over 40 customer operations in California, New York, Texas, Arizona, Michigan, Utah, Georgia, and Louisiana. Since deploying its natural gas vehicle program in 2011, Ryder noted the company has replaced approximately 3.1 million gallons of diesel fuel with domestically produced natural gas and reduced emissions by more than 559,000 MTCO2e emissions.

In 2013, Ryder opened the first natural gas fueling stations in its North American network to serve both the general public and Ryder lease and rental customers. The Liquefied to Compressed Natural Gas (LCNG) stations, which are open to the general public, are located at two of Ryder’s maintenance and fueling facilities in Orange, California and Fontana, California – key facilities serving the Southern California region.

“This latest milestone reinforces Ryder’s continued leadership in commercial natural gas vehicle solutions and demonstrates our ongoing commitment to assist companies who seek alternatives to reduce fuel costs, carbon output, and meet their environmental objectives,” said Ryder Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Robert Sanchez. “As a provider of full service lease, commercial rental, and dedicated transportation services, our business model puts us in a unique position to enable more fleets to convert to natural gas and realize the benefits of this cost-effective, clean, and domestic energy source.”

Chart Bonus Capacity LNG Fuel System

Last week Chart Industries, Inc. announced the release of a new bonus capacity LNG vehicle system.

Chart noted in a statement the new system maximizes the volumetric efficiency of the LNG vehicle fuel tank by six percent for the 2015 model year. This bonus capacity option is available on 26 inch diameter horizontal vehicle tanks – the industry standard size. While the size of the external tank remains the same, the internal tank capacity has been increased to allow extended mileage for truck drivers according to Chart.

“Continuously improving our vehicle fueling portfolio to satisfy the evolving needs of LNG end users is one of our top priorities,” said Bill Haukoos, President of Chart Distribution & Storage Americas. “The increased capacity of our new LNG tank means more time on the road and less at the pump for truck drivers, ultimately having a positive effect on their bottom line.”

 “LNG continues to become an increasingly attractive fuel for the heavy duty trucking industry,  as more and more significant weight, space and fill speed advantages develop,” said Peter Murray, General Manager – Chart LNG Vehicle Fueling Products.