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CNGVA Lauds U.S.-Canada Plan

September 8, 2014 in LNG by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Harper-Obama Joint Forward Plan Includes Natural Gas Vehicles

The Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance and Canadian Gas Association are expressing their full support for a new plan that will see greater cooperation between Canada and the United States on the use of natural gas as a transportation fuel.
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Canada Could Gain from Marine LNG

April 8, 2014 in LNG, Marine, Studies by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘British Columbia Uniquely Positioned for LNG Bunkering’

Canada’s West Coast can benefit from marine use of liquefied natural gas fuel, with payback for many applications in a little as six years, states a new report from organizations including the Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance.

'All of the technologies needed to use LNG as a marine fuel are proven and commercially available.'

‘All of the technologies needed to use LNG as a marine fuel are proven and commercially available.’

“All of the technologies needed to use LNG as a marine fuel are proven and commercially available,” states the 60-page Liquefied Natural Gas: A Marine Fuel for Canada’s West Coast.

The report notes that trucks using LNG will benefit if marine use stimulates the overall market.

Market Access Is the Key

“Canada has a tremendous natural gas resource advantage,” Alicia Milner, president of the Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance and chair of the project steering committee, says in a release.

“Allowing access for LNG in the marine sector is smart and strategic for Canada,” Milner said. “British Columbia is uniquely positioned to become a preferred North American destination for LNG bunkering, with Port Metro Vancouver well suited to be a leader in this regard.”

“The challenge for natural gas lies in gaining market access,” Milner says in the report. “Current Canadian regulations need to be adapted to accommodate the use of natural gas as a marine fuel, while codes, standards, regulations, personnel training, operating practices and procedures, and fuel supply infrastructure are all at various stages of development.

“There is a need to identify and apply what will work in Canada.”

In the near-term, coastal vessel operators have the best opportunity to benefit from LNG, the CNGVA-led report finds. For six coastal vessels analyzed, fuel costs were reduced by more than 50% with five of the ships having a payback on initial investment of less than six years.

Rebuild the Yards with LNG in Mind

Regulatory changes would benefit such specific deployments as the LNG dual fuel ferries that Victoria- and Vancouver-based BC Ferries wants to deploy by 2017.

The LNG report also found that the marine sector may emerge as an significant new market for natural gas produced in British Columbia. Under a “medium” LNG adoption scenario, the report finds that 150 LNG vessels operating on the West Coast by 2025 would create new demand equal to 8.5% of British Columbia’s 2012 natural gas use.

The report notes too that Canada’s government is investing “billions” to rebuild Canadian shipyard capabilities. “A small fraction of this investment could be designated to help shipyards pursue LNG conversions and new builds,” the report suggests, noting that LNG “could help Canada develop a sustainable niche in the global shipbuilding sector.”

The LNG report project was jointly funded by Transport Canada and industry, with participants including ABS/the American Bureau of Shipping, BC Ferries, the British Columbia Institute of Technology, the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure-Pacific Gateway Branch, CAA, Encana, FortisBC, Environment Canada, Natural Resources Canada, Lloyd’s Register, Port Metro Vancouver, Rolls-Royce, Seaspan, Shell, STX Canada Marine, Teekay and Wärtsilä.

CNGVA’s Milner is also the current chair of NGV Global, the world natural gas vehicles association.


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Source: CNGVA with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

NGV 2014 in Kansas City in November

February 3, 2014 in Biomethane, CNG, Conference/Meeting, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

NGVAmerica & Canadian NGV Alliance Meeting November 10-14

NGVAmerica has advised members that the 2014 North American NGV Conference & Expo has been scheduled for the Kansas City Convention Center, November 10-14.

NGVAmerica and the Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance are to co-host the 2014 North American NGV Conference & Expo in Kansas City November 10-14.

NGVAmerica and the Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance are to co-host the 2014 North American NGV Conference & Expo in Kansas City November 10-14.

The meeting will be co-hosted by NGVAmerica and the Canadian NGV Alliance with the support of the Kansas City Regional and Central Kansas Clean Cities coalitions (both managed by Metropolitan Energy Center).

Centrally located Kansas City was selected after a review of the bus fall tradeshow and conference line-up to avoid scheduling conflicts, an evaluation of the convention facility, and an assessment of regional and local organization logistical and promotional support, NGVAmerica says.

More Exhibit Space, More Conference, More People

NGVAmerica and CNGVA drew approximately 1,100 people, including 300 expo-hall only visitors to this past November’s meeting in Atlanta. The organization is planning for a bigger event this year, contracting for 95,000 square feet of expo space (a 20% increase), and booking additional breakout rooms for an expanded educational program.

The two associations are setting up a Conference & Expo Planning Committee, and are planning an outreach campaign “targeting public and private fleet operators across the full spectrum of niche market sectors and representing the full slate of light, medium and heavy duty vehicles; federal, state and local policy makers; natural gas industry stakeholders, including the exploration and production, mid-stream and distribution sectors; C-store, truck stop and other fuel station developers and operators; the investment community; and clean-air/clean-transportation policy advocate-allies.”

Attendance in Kansas City is expected to exceed 1,500, NGVAmerica says, promising to launch the 2014 North American NGV Conference & Expo website soon.


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Source: NGVAmerica with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Canadian Winter? CNG Trucks Roll On

November 18, 2013 in CNG, NGVs, Studies by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

CNGVA Study Finds Issues Similar to Those of Diesels

Common sense precautions make for normal operations using CNG even in the severe cold winter weather of Canada, finds a new study being circulated by CNGVA, the Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance.
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CNGVA Releases Technical Guideline

June 8, 2012 in NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Document to Help Fleets Transition to Natural Gas Vehicles

The Ottawa-based Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance has released a technical guideline to help fleet owners transition their vehicles – and facilities – to natural gas.
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