11th May, 2009
Peru: by the end of 2009 there will be more than 90,000 NGVs
The Peruvian Chamber of Natural Gas Vehicles (PCNGV) revealed encouraging data about the progress of methane’s business in the Andean country. Nowadays there are over 65,000 units powered by this cheap and environmentally friendly fuel, and it is expected that by the end of 2009 the amount will exceed 90,000 cars.
The rising curve does not stop there: they also expect that NGV refueling stations will be more in the short term. “I think, hopefully, that at the end of the year there will be over 90 of these facilities in Lima,” said Jorge Suarez, general manager of the PCNGV. So far, the Peruvian capital and the city of Callao have 66 points of sale, while another 21 are under construction.
Besides, Suarez remembered that natural gas producer Pluspetrol and the national government agreed in 2006 to freeze the price of fuel by six years. “The main objective of this measure was to encourage the use of natural gas in the vehicle fleet, which has been achieved so far”, he explained.
Moreover, the Ministry of Energy and Mines announced in recent days that the energy company Petrobras Peru would confirm natural gas reserves in Block 58 in September, located in the Cusco region and near the Camisea. The organization believes that, with the power of that lot, Peru's reserves of natural gas -15.1 trillion cubic feet- will increase significantly. This way, the country demonstrates that it has become in a hotspot of NGV development.
Peru will be also the epicenter of two international and significant events. On the one hand, the I Latin American Summit of NGV and Alternative Fuels, which conclusions and targets will be embodied in the “Declaración Lima 2009”. On the other hand, it will take place the II ExpoGNV Peru, that will welcome 60 exhibitors and over 5,000 visitors from all over the world. (Source: www.ngvgroup.com)
10th April, 2009
Vietnam intends to develop CNG
Bui Van Quyen, head of the southern office from the Science and Technology Ministry in Vietnam, said that the country has vast natural gas reserves that could be converted into compressed natural gas (CNG) for later use in vehicles.
The statements were made during the CNG-NGV Vietnam Forum 2009, organized by All Events Group on April 6-7 in the city of Ho Chi Minh, which was attended by approximately 150 representatives of local and foreign companies.
Quyen said that the consumption of natural gas in Vietnam will develop strongly in the future, because this energy is more environmentally friendly and cheaper than petrol and diesel used by most vehicles.
As Vietnam is due to become an industrialized economy by 2020, the number of vehicles will grow ever more rapidly to serve over 85 million people. Therefore, the official explained that the natural gas market will be even larger in big cities for buses and taxis.
So far, Vietnam has only one facility to produce CNG. The plant was inaugurated last year with an initial capacity of 30 million tones of gas per year, at the southern of Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province.
According to PetroVietnam, the country has a natural gas reserve of more than 2.000 billion cubic meters. In addition, the company has a project to invest US$ 252 million through 360 CNG refueling stations at 360 bus stops in the city of Ho Chi Minh. (Source: www.ngvgroup.com)
3rd April, 2009
Inauguration of the first NGV station in Catalonia
On March 25, 2009 was opened in Catalonia, Spain, the first refueling station road with dispensers of natural gas for vehicles (NGV) with the participation of managers from Iveco and among other prominent personalities, the director of environmental quality from the Generalitat of Catalonia.
This initiative made by the business group HAM facilitates a significant bet by Iveco in natural gas as fuel for their vehicles used to transport both passengers and goods, to maintain and expand its offering of environmentally friendly vehicles, efficient and consistent with current regulatory requirements and future.
Iveco confident that since the opening of this NGV refueling station could change the configuration of the fleet of over 3.000 vehicles that provide service to the port of Barcelona, to name just one example, with improved environmental impact, a substantial reduction in fuel bills and less need for vehicle maintenance. (Source: www.ngvgroup.com)
13th March, 2009.
President Obama Signs Omnibus Appropriations Act for 2009
US President Barrack Obama has signed the House or Representatives bill H.R. 1105, the “Omnibus Appropriations Act for 2009” (P.L. 111-08). This bill provides funds for the government through the end of Sept. 31, 2009. Of special interest to the NGV industry, the bill provides no less than $25 million for the Clean Cities program, and $60 million for Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) grants. This is an increase from the FY2008 funding levels which were $12.5 million for Clean Cities and $49 million for DERA. The bill also directs the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to consider giving priority DERA funding to ports initiatives – especially to ports with the largest volume of activity or ports in non-attainment areas. (Source: Ngv America).
23rd February, 2009
United States: Disney's resorts implements compressed natural gas to fuel Guest Trams.
As part of its ongoing commitment to the environment, Disneyland Resort announced an innovative environmental initiative to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. The Resort has begun using compressed natural gas to fuel its guest trams.
“This initiative demonstrates Disneyland Resort's ongoing commitment to balancing environmental stewardship throughout our operations,” said Michael O'Grattan, senior vice president of resort operations. “This is just a step in our ongoing journey to reduce Disneyland Resort's environmental footprint.”
As of December 2008, all 16 Disneyland Resort trams, which transport guests between the two theme parks and parking facilities, are fueled by clean-burning compressed natural gas (CNG). The switch to CNG from a hybrid engine was made possible through a $1.17 million grant from the Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment Program, which paid for nearly half the conversion costs. Using CNG will eliminate the need for approximately 50,000 gallons of diesel per year. For the 10 years prior to the conversion, diesel/hybrid engines powered Disneyland trams.
The Carl Moyer grant was created by the California state legislature in 1998 to encourage the use of alternative fuel vehicles. Each year, the California Air Resources Board disburses money to the South Coast Air Quality Management District, which administers Carl Moyer funds in Southern California to help grant recipients purchase new or convert existing engines or vehicles.
“We at Disneyland Resort are proud of our commitment to exploring and implementing new technologies for a cleaner environment and furthering the environmental legacy left by Walt Disney,” O'Grattan added. (Source: www.ngvgroup.com)
9th February, 2009
Pakistan: Government shows support to natural gas cars because of air pollution caused by petroleum
Chairman of Punjab Chief Minister’s Task Force on Environment, Awais Farooqui, has said air pollution is rising at an alarming rate and usage of compressed natural gas is the only option to cut it down, which will benefit the present and as well as the next generation.
Farooqui announced the possibility of converting all of Pakistan government vehicles to CNG. Currently, he said, the government was bound to provide gas to the industry because its suspension stopped economic activity besides rendering the workers jobless. Still, he said, maximum vehicles were being converted to CNG on an individual basis.
National Forum for Environment and Health president & chief organiser of the 5th International Conference and Exhibition on CNG, Naeem Qureshi, said there was around Rs150 billion of investment in the CNG sector including over 2,400 CNG stations in the country. He said that there were around two million vehicles running on CNG in the country.
CNG Station Owners Association of Pakistan chairman Malik Khuda Bakhsh said the government must motivate transporters to convert their vehicles to CNG. He said the government had also given a good incentive to transporters that they could purchase vehicles on 20 per cent down payment, while the government would give the remaining 80 per cent loan with no mark-up for the first five years. (Source: www.ngvgroup.com)
19th January, 2009
Pakistan crosses 2 Million Ngv Mark
Latest figures from Pakistan's Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) indicate that natural gas vehicle (NGV) growth shows no signs of slowing down, recently crossing the 2 million mark. Pakistan is the first country to have more than 2 million NGVs and also boasts 2600 operational CNG stations. Officials say that OEM produced vehicles are now exceeding aftermarket conversions. Meanwhile, speaking at Pakistan's 5th International CNG Conference this week, Federal Minister for Environment, Hameedullah Jan Afridi, is reported to have acknowledged the contribution of compressed natural gas fuel toward improved air quality in major cities in his country. Afridi spoke of the government's aim to have some 8,000 CNG buses plying the roads and of the big effort needed to address environmental issues. Several other speakers spoke on CNG developments that would unfold in 2009, including increased exploration for natural gas, no duty on imported CNG conversion kits, setting up 700 new CNG stations across the country, and increased subsidies. (Source: www.ngvglobal.com)
Us $40 Million Investment Expected for Cng Service Stations in Perù in 2009.
This year around US $40 million is expected to be invested in building new service stations for natural gas vehicles (NGVs) in Metropolitan Lima and Callao, by domestic and foreign businessmen, according to the General Manager of the Natural Gas Vehicle Peruvian Chamber (CPGNV), Jorge Juarez. As reported by Andina, he said that 40 new stations are expected to be built in 2009. By the end of last year there were 57 service stations in Lima and Callao; two more have commenced operations in January, and 22 projects will begin construction this year. A further 20 stations are under review by the Supervisory Body on Investment in Energy and Mining (Osinergmin) for approval during the year. (Source: www.ngvglobal.com)
12th January, 2009
Bolivia: The second stage of the project Clean Air is almost finished and the results are already successful
In 2003, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation began the first stage of the Clean Air Project, implemented by Swisscontact, which consisted in the approval of the regulations and the incentive of conversion of vehicles to natural gas. Less than one year of the end of the second stage, the numbers are promising and demonstrate an absolute success.Only in the first year, the conversions increased more than 60%.
The department of Cochabamba, located in XXX, occupies the first place in the amount of vehicles converted to NGV (50.756), with regards to the rest of the country.It is followed by Santa Cruz with 33.640 and El Alto, with 9.504, according to statements of the Superintendency of Bolivian hydrocarbons. The preliminary study of Clean Air conducted to analyze the results also showed that 82% of vehicles are within the permissible limits of toxic emissions, of which 87% runs on NGV.
Orlando Vasquez, responsible for the project, said that in the case of this fuel, the factors of approval of emission control are considerably reduced with natural gas, and that the majority of the NGV vehicles belong to the public transport. (Source: www.ngvgroup.com)
22th December, 2008
Two New Ngv Related Directives Signed in Russia.
On November 17, 2008 the Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev has signed two Directives which will help to expand the national natural gas vehicle (NGV) market. Directive # 1662-R approved the Concept of the long term socio-economic development of the Russian Federation till 2020. Chapter 6 of the Concept "Development of the energy infrastructure and building up of energy efficiency of the economy" provides that "stimulation of the use of natural gas as a motor fuel" shall be one of the priorities. Another Directive signed a few moments after the socio-economic Concept determined priorities for the Russian government till 2012.
Among other tasks Directive # 1663-R instructs the Government to prepare a Federal energy saving program, introduce innovative energy efficient technologies and develop NGV-related incentives. (Source: www.ngvglobal.com)
Egypt: The Government stimulates CNG conversions because of petrol’s prices
Egypt has a growing fleet of roughly 100,000 vehicles that have been converted to run on cheap natural gas after the Egyptian government pushed for more reliance on greener energy.
That number is expected to rise dramatically over the next few years - in a written statement to Reuters state-owned natural gas holding company Egas says it expects the number of natural gas vehicles in Egypt to rise sharply to 300,000 by mid-2012 as investors enter the market. They also expect the number of fuelling stations will more than treble in the same period to 390, and natural gas will be available up and down the populous Nile Valley and in the Sinai peninsula.
Egas acknowledges the expectations are “ambitious”, but achievable if the growing demand for natural gas as a fuel continues and gas infrastructure rolls out. Drivers rushed to natural gas after a cut in petrol subsidies, with the number of conversions per month surging to several thousand, according to Egyptian conversion and refuelling firm, Cargas.
Egypt has more gas than crude, with reserves of around 76 trillion cubic feet, making natural gas an attractive and somewhat greener alternative to petrol. According to the report, around 70 percent of Egyptians who have converted their vehicles are taxi drivers.
Private consumers are also making the switch, converting fuel-hungry sport utility vehicles and luxury sedans as well as older, less fuel-efficient vehicles. Private cars now account for more than 17 percent of CNG vehicles. (Source: www.ngvgroup.com)
Skyrocketing demand for Ngvs in Perù
The demand for new low-cost NGVs in Peru has increased 350 percent in just one year, said Jorge Mongilardi, general manager of Ecolinea, the Peruvian distributor of the Volkswagen Gol sub-compact NGV. According to Mongilardi, demand is being driven by the lower cost of CNG as a vehicle fuel and the increased concern about air pollution. According to the Natural Gas Vehicle Peruvian Chamber (CPGNV), in 2008 to date, over 51,000 vehicles have been converted to CNG, and 100,000 are projected for 2009. (Source: www.Ngvc.org)