Natural Gas for Road Vehicles, Off-Road, Ships and Rail
Canada’s Westport Innovation has disclosed a co-marketing agreement with China’s ENN Group “aimed at the proliferation of natural gas and liquefied natural gas transportation solutions and fuel for on-road, off-road, rail and marine applications.”
ENN is one of China’s largest private companies with more than 30,000 employees, the announcement states.
It is by no means Westport’s first foray into Asia. Westport and partners offer spark ignition natural gas and propane engines there that are not available in the U.S., and Westport said one year ago that the Weichai Westport joint venture would offer a 12-liter engine using compression ignition high pressure direct injection technology (F&F, March 13, 2012).
HPDI engines run primarily on natural gas using a small amount of diesel as a pilot.
Under the new agreement, which covers the U.S., Canada, China/Asia, Europe, Australia and Africa, Westport and ENN “look to partner for opportunities across trucks, rail, marine and mining applications.”
ENN Liquefaction for America?
It includes “mutual acknowledgement of long-term commitment to LNG infrastructure,” the announcement says, as “ENN is expecting to engage in building liquefaction plants in North America and fuel stations… and will guarantee long term fueling solutions and agreements for its customers.”
The two will team to induce existing ENN customer to switch to natural gas, and ENN “will look at operating its truck fleet on LNG.”
“ENN has been aggressively increasing the capacity for natural gas transportation across the spectrum of vehicles, and with this agreement, we will work strategically to increase the number of vehicles, fleets, and infrastructure for passenger vehicles, trucks, marine, rail and mining industries,” Westport CEO David Demers said in the agreement release. “They are an extremely innovative and entrepreneurial company so we can expect a rapid response to desmands in existing markets.”
Also according to the announcement, ENN has been aggressively building out its LNG fueling business in China, with more than 238 natural gas stations in 59 cities, “and plans to develop LNG liquefaction plants and LNG stations in North America.”
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Source: Westport Innovations with Fleets & Fuels follow-up