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bp Takes Stake in Biomethane Fueler Gasrec (Int'l., M&A)
Gasrec, bp
Date: 2021-12-06
In the UK, oil giant bp reports it has acquired a 28.57 pct stake in London-headquartered Gasrec, the UK' largest dual provider of bio-LNG and bio-CNG to road transport. Gasrec builds, owns and operates biomethane refuelling stations across the UK. The company presently operates and owns 10 biomethane refuelling stations capable of fueling 1,250 vehicles per day.

bp will supply Gasrec with renewable biomethane produced mainly from organic wastes. The investment will expand bp's UK footprint in renewable gas production and distribution. (Source: bp, PR, Website, Dec., 2021) Contact: Gasrec, Rob Wood, CEO , +44 20 8191 7079, www.gasrec.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Gasrec,  bp,  bio-CNG,  Biomethane,  


EBA Highlights Biomethane Ramp-up for Full Renewable Gas Deployment (Int'l. Report Available)
European Biogas Association
Date: 2021-11-29
A just released report from the Brussels-headquartered European Biogas Association notes that 30 - 40 pct of Europe's total gas consumption could be made up of sustainable biomethane by the year 2050.

The 11th edition of EBA Statistical Report provides an in-depth analysis of and biogas / biomethane's potential and the best pathways to ensure full deployment in a future energy mix.

The report analyses the current availability of renewable gases in Europe, notably biogas and biomethane. Combined biogas and biomethane production in 2020 amounted to 191 TWh or 18.0 bcm of energy and this figure is expected to double in the next 9 years. By 2050, production can be at least five-fold reaching over 1,000 TWh or as high as 1,700 TWh.

Agriculture- based biogas and biomethane plants make up the lion's share of the total production, which is now already more than the entire natural gas consumption of Belgium and represents 4.6 pct of the gas consumption of the EU. The biogas and biomethane industries also presently provide over 210,000 green jobs that expected to approximately 420,000 jobs by 2030 and one million or more by 2050. The report also highlights the needed collaboration as well between the biomethane and the other potential major renewable gases, such as green hydrogen in future years.

Over the last decade, the delivery of dispatchable power and heat from biogas has been very important and its role will continue to some extent. However, the current trend places the emphasis squarely on sustainable biomethane production, and it is expected that this tendency will be amplified in the coming decade: biomethane is a versatile energy carrier, suitable for a range of sectors, including transport, industry, power and heating. 2020 saw the biggest year on year increase in biomethane production so far in spite of the pandemic, with an additional 6.4 TWh or 0.6 bcm of biomethane produced in Europe. An even bigger increase is to be expected in 2021, as a record number of new biomethane plants started production in 2020 and are due to become fully operational within 2021, the report notes.

Future gas demand can be met by other renewable and low-carbon solutions such as green hydrogen. The development of synergies between green gases will be key to meeting future gas market demands. In line with this, the report highlights the need to develop a vision of how biomethane and hydrogen will integrate with each other in the future. Future infrastructure investments should aim to strengthen the distribution of renewable gases by considering the specific requirements of each gas as well as their most suitable development.

The report points out as well a clear tendence towards the increasing use of sustainable feedstocks for biogas and biomethane production. These include mostly industrial waste, municipal waste or agricultural residues. It is also expected that the remaining energy crops to produce biogas will be replaced by sustainable cropping, for example with the introduction of sequential cropping systems which at the same time allows for carbon farming and revitalization of the soil.

The contribution to sustainability is one of the benefits of biogas and biomethane production for our society, but there are many others. As the EBA report points out, a solid calculation of the economic value of the wider benefits of biogas and biomethane is needed, so that the revenue channels for biogas and biomethane producers can be diversified. The translation of these societal benefits into market signals would allow biogas and biomethane production to compete on fairer terms with other types of energy supply while at the same time further stimulating production plants to achieve the highest levels of societal benefit.

In terms of use by sectors, the need for decarbonization of all transport modes will be especially relevant for the coming years and thus the need for further renewable gas uptake in that sector. According to the report launched today, the sustainable European Bio-LNG (liquified biomethane) production capacity by 2024, considering only confirmed plants, adds up to 10.6 TWh per year. This projected 2024 production capacity could fuel almost 25,000 LNG trucks for the whole year.

The report, which includes new and more detailed country insights and forecasts, is available on the EBA website. (Source: EBA, PR, Website, 25 Nov., 2021) Contact: EBA, Harmen Dekker, Director, www.europeanbiogas.eu

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Biogas Association,  Methane,  Biogas,  RNG,  


DHL Freight Touts bio-LNG Trial Success (Ind, Report)
DHL Freight
Date: 2021-11-22
Bonn, Germany-based DHL Freight is reporting completion of its previously reported 5-month trial of Renewable Energy Directive II (RED II) compliant bio-LNG produced from agricultural wastes by Shell.

The pilot aimed to sustainably reduce CO2 emissions in road freight transport for DHL's customer, pump manufacturer Grundfos. In the first five months of the pilot, the volume of bio-LNG was reduced 87 tons of CO2 equivalent -- roughly equal to the emissions of over 89,000 kilometres driven by a diesel truck and represents 85 pct of CO2 savings compared to a traditional diesel engine, according to the release.

Shell is scaling up the supply of bio-LNG and plans to offer a bio-LNG blend to its entire network in the Netherlands, next year. Shell also plans a new 100,000 tpy bio-LNG plant at its Energy and Chemicals Park Rheinland, Germany in 2023, according to the release. (Source: DHL Freight, PR, Nov., 2021) Contact: DHL Freight, Uwe Brinks, CEO, www.dhl.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News DHL Freight,  bio-LNG,  LNG,  


CleanBC Roadmap Ups RNG's Roll for FortisBC (Ind. Report)
FortisBC
Date: 2021-11-01
In British Columbia, Canada, FortisBC is reporting British Columbia's CleanBC Roadmap to 2030 reaffirms FortisBC's gas system will continue to play a key role in the province's decarbonization while accelerating the transition toward renewable energy, including renewable natural gas (RNG) and hydrogen. The roadmap includes a cap on emissions from natural gas use in buildings and industrial sectors as well as accelerated electrification in the transportation sector.

According to the release, FortisBC expects to triple its supply of RNG by the end of 2022 and to assist in reaching CleanBC objectives. Under FortisBC's previously announced "30BY30" target the company targeted reducing its customer emissions by 30 pct by 2030 (compared to 2007 levels) by: investing in low and zero carbon transportation; supporting the growth of renewable gases; using LNG to help lower global emissions and increasing investment in energy efficiency and conservation. By the end of 2020, FortisBC reduced customer emissions by 420,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) -- equivalent to taking 128,000 cars off the road in one year. (Source: FortisBC, PR, Cdn. Biomass, 26 Oct., 2021) Contact: FortisBC, Roger Dall'Antonia, CEO, Pres., www.fortisbc.com, www.fortisinc.com/rng

More Low-Carbon Energy News RNG,  FortisBC,  Hydrogen,  Carbon Emisions,  Climate Change,  


WCCF Inks Low-Carbon Fuels Delivery Agreements (Ind. Report)
West Coast Clean Fuels
Date: 2021-10-22
In California, West Coast Clean Fuels (WCCF) reports it recently executed delivery service agreements to develop, permit, manage, and operate the end-to-end clean fuel supply chains for two first-of-their-kind, decarbonized maritime ship operations -- one ocean-going and one in port -- in two major California ports, according to the company. WCCF was established to serve a growing market need for the delivery of future low-carbon maritime fuels, including LNG, RNG, biofuels, electrofuels, hydrogen, methanol and ammonia.

Starting in Q1 2022, WCCF will deliver hydrogen to the first fuel cell-powered ferry in the U.S. (owned by SWITCH Maritime), first for shipyard sea trials in Bellingham, Wash., and subsequently for passenger operations in San Francisco Bay. In the same quarter, WCCF also will launch fuel-delivery operations for two new-build LNG-powered container ships (operated by Pasha Hawaii Holdings) in the Port of Long Beach. In order to successfully launch these fueling operations, WCCF began permitting processes in 2019, started to invest in fuel-delivery equipment, and solidified commercial relationships with key industry partners up and down the value chain. Contact: SWITCH Maritime, Pace Ralli, CEO, www.switchmaritime.com; West Coast Clean Fuels, www.westcoastcleanfuels.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Low-Carbon Fuels news,  


Netherlands' First Bio-LNG Plant Commissioned (Int'l. Report)
Nordsol, Shell, Renwi
Date: 2021-10-18
In the Netherlands, Nordsol, Shell and UK-based waste management firm Renewi are reporting the opening of the country's first bio-LNG plant on Renewi's site in Amsterdam Westpoort is now in service.

The facility will produce roughly 3.4 kilotons of bio-LNG annually -- sufficient fuel for 13 million kilometres of driving and avoiding approximately 14.3 kilotons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere. (Source: Nordsol, Shell and Renewi, PR, Websites, Bioenergy News, 15 Oct., 2021) Contact: Nordsol, +31 30 202 9670, www.nordsol.com; Renewi, www.renwi.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Nordsol,  Shell,  Renwi,  Bio-LNG,  LNG,  Biogas,  


Kinder Morgan Completes $310 Mn Entry into RNG Space (M&A)
Kinder Morgan, Kintrex
Date: 2021-09-08
Houston-headquartered Kinder Morgan Inc. reports it has closed closed the $310 million acquisition of Indianapolis-based Kinetrex Energy, marking the Houston-based pipeline operator's entry into the renewable natural gas (RNG) market. Kinetrex is the leading supplier of LNG in the Midwest and a rapidly growing player in producing and supplying RNG.

The deal follows the formation in March of Kinder Morgan's Energy Transition Ventures group, which has been tasked with identifying commercial opportunities emerging from the low-carbon energy transition.

At time of closing, the Kinextrex portfolio included two small-scale, domestic LNG production and fueling facilities, a 50 pct interest in a landfill-based RNG facility in Indiana, and signed commercial agreements for three additional RNG facilities with construction to begin shortly.

As the three new RNG facilities are expected to become operational over the next 18 months. The company will continue operations as Kinetrex Energy, a Kinder Morgan company. Additionally, key members of Kinetrex's management team, including President and CEO Aaron Johnson, were expected to join Kinder Morgan as part of the acquisition. (Source: Kinder Morgan, 20 Aug., Sept., 2021) Contact: Kinder Morgan, www.kindermorgan.com; Kintrex Energy, Aaron Johnson, CEO, 317-886-8179, www.kinetrexenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Kinder Morgan,  Kintrex Energy,  RNG,  


Kinder Morgan Nails Kintrex Energy Acquisition (M&A, Ind. Report)
Kinder Morgan, Kintrex Energy
Date: 2021-08-25
Houston-headquartered Kinder Morgan, Inc. is reporting closure on its previously announced $310 million acquisition of Indianapolis-based LNG specialist Kinetrex Energy. The deal includes two small-scale, domestic LNG production and fueling facilities, a 50 pct interest in a landfill-based renewable natural gas (RNG) facility in Indiana, along with signed commercial agreements for three additional RNG facilities with construction to begin shortly.

Kinetrex supplies liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the Midwest and is a rapidly growing player in producing and supplying RNG under long-term contracts to transportation service providers. The company will continue operations as Kinetrex Energy. (Source: Kinder Morgan, PR, 20 Aug., 2021) Contact: Kinder Morgan, www.kindermorgan.com; Kintrex Energy, Aaron Johnson, CEO, 317-886-8179, www.kinetrexenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Kinder Morgan,  Kintrex Energy,  RNG,  


TotalEnergies, Technip Energies Ink LNG Agreement (Int'l. Report)
TotalEnergies, Technip Energies
Date: 2021-07-23
In Paris, TotalEnergies and Technip Energies are reporting a Technical Cooperation Agreement to jointly develop low-carbon solutions for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) production and offshore facilities. The partners will explore new concepts and technologies in order to reduce the carbon footprint of existing facilities and greenfield projects in LNG production, cryogeny, the production and use of hydrogen for power generation, and Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS).

TotalEnergies, the world's second largest privately owned LNG player, also produces biofuels, natural gas, green gases, renewables and electricity.

Technip Energies is a leading Engineering & Technology company with leadership positions in LNG, green and blue hydrogen, sustainable chemistry and CO2 management, according to the company website. (Source: TotalEnergies, Website PR, 21 July, 2021) Contact: TotalEnergies , Investor Relations: +44 (0)207 719 7962, ir@totalenergies.com, www.totalenergies.com; Technip Energie, Phil Lindsay, Vice-President Investor Relations, +44 203 429 3929, investor.relations@technipenergies.com, www.technipenergies.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCUS,  TotalEnergies,  Technip Energies,  LNG,  


Kinder Morgan Acquiring LNG Supplier Kinetrex Energy (M&A)
Kinder Morgan, Kinetrex
Date: 2021-07-19
Houston, Texas-headquartered Kinder Morgan Inc. reports it is purchasing Indianapolis-based LNG supplier Kinetrex Energy for $310 million. Kintrex has two small-scale domestic LNG production and fueling facilities and holds a 50 pct stake in a landfill renewable natural gas (RNG) facility with three more RNG facilities in development. When fully operational the four sites will produce more than 4 billion cubic feet of RNG per year and capture the methane produced from the decomposition of organic waste.

Kinder Morgan is also looking at opportunities in carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) renewable natural gas capture, hydrogen production, renewable power generation, electric transmission, and renewable diesel production. The company is also spending $60 million to build new renewable diesel hubs in Northern and Southern California and has terminals and pipelines capable of blending, storing, and exporting ethanol and other biofuels while evaluating multiple opportunities to establish new hubs to handle those products.(Source: KinderMorgan, PR, 14 July, 2021) Contact: Kinetrex Energy, 317-886-8179. ; Kinder Morgan, (713) 369-9000, www.kindermorgan.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Kinder Morgan,  Kinetrex,  LNG,  Hydrogen,  Biofuel,  Marine Fuel,  LNG,  


Shell, MSC Partner on Low-Carbon Maritime Alt. Fuels (Int'l.)
MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company,Shell
Date: 2021-07-19
Swiss-headquartered MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) reports it is partnering with Shell International Petroleum Company Ltd to develop and deploy "net-zero solutions" such as zero-emission alternative fuels and the technologies that will enable them with the ambition of contributing towards a "zero-carbon flexi-fuel concept vessel" to help the shipping sector's energy transition towards decarbonization.

As previously reported, the two firms have worked together over the last 10 years on projects, including bunkering biofuels and ultra-low sulfur fuels, and envisage a range of net-zero fuel solutions such as hydrogen-derived fuels and the use of methanol as a marine fuel. The companies have also been exploring the potential benefits of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to bio-LNG or synthetic variants. (Source: Shell Marine, PR, gCaptain. 16 July, 2021) Contact: Shell Marine, Melissa Williams, President, www.shell.com/business-customers/marine.html; MCG Group, Bud Darr, EVP Maritime Policy and Government Affairs, +41 79 885 76 70, www.mcggroup.ch

More Low-Carbon Energy News MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company,  Shell,  CCS,  


Notable Quote from TOTAL
TOTAL
Date: 2021-06-04
"We have set a target to become a Net-Zero Company by 2050 and we will continue to grow our substantial renewable business such as solar power, wind power, biofuels. We will also focus on gas especially LNG.

"We are investing $3 billion annually across our business unit on renewable energy." -- Mike Sangster, Managing Director, TOTAL Energies, 19 May, 2021) Contact: TOTAL Energies, www.total.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News TOTAL,  


Wartsila Supplying Norwegian bioLNG Production Plant (Int'l.)
Wartsila
Date: 2021-05-28
Finnish technology group Wartsila Energy reports it will supply equipment to Norway-based Biokraft, a subsidiary of the Scandinavian Biogas Group and a major player in the global biogas market, for a biogas liquefaction plant in Norway. The equipment is expected to be delivered in May. 2022.

The 25 million tpd capacity plant will extend an existing bioLNG production plant at Skogn in Norway, also supplied by Wartsila, to a combined total of 50 tpd making it by far the largest facility of its kind in the world.

Wartsila Gas Solutions is a market leader with innovative systems and lifecycle solutions for the gas value chain. Our main focus areas are handling of gas in seaborne transport (storage, fuel, transfer and BOG management), gas to power, liquefaction and biogas solutions. We help our customers on the journey towards a sustainable future through focus on lifecycle, innovation and digitalization, according to the company release. (Source: Wartsila, PR, Website, 26 May, 2021) Contact: Wartsila, Maria Ortiz, Sales Manager, Gas Solutions, Biogas Solutions +47 90985676, maria.ortiz@wartsila.com, www.wartsila.com; Scandinavian Biogas Group, Biokraft, www.scandinavianbiogas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wartsila,  bioLNG,  Biogas,  


Venture Global LNG Launches Louisiana CCS Project (Ind. Report)
Venture Global
Date: 2021-05-28
In the Old Dominion State, Arlington-based Venture Global LNG is reporting plans to capture and sequester carbon (CCS) at its Calcasieu Pass and Plaquemines LNG facilities in Louisiana, subject to regulatory approvals. With these project, Venture Global will capture and sequester an estimated 500,000 tpy of carbon from its Calcasieu Pass and Plaquemines liquefaction sites. In addition, the Company anticipates using similar infrastructure to capture and sequester 500,000 tpy of carbon from the CP2 LNG facility for a total 1 million tpy of carbon -- roughly equivalent to removing nearly 200,000 cars off the road each year for 20 years.

Global LNG is a long-term, low-cost provider of U.S. LNG to be supplied from resource rich North American natural gas basins. The company is currently constructing or developing over 50 MTPA of production capacity in Louisiana to provide clean, affordable energy to the world. (Source: Venture Global LNG, PR, 27 May, 2021) Contact: Venture Global LNG, Mike Sabel, CEO, www.venturegloballng.com .

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS news,  


Climate-Smart Agriculture, Forestry Strategy (Report Attached)
USDA
Date: 2021-05-26
In Washingto on January 27, 2021, Pres, Joe Biden signed Executive Order 14008, Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad, directing all Federal agencies to coordinate in a Government-wide approach to combat the climate crisis.

In compliance with the Order and recognizing the role agriculture and forestry will play in climate change mitigation and resilience, the USDA submitted the agency's recommendations for a climate-smart agriculture and forestry (CSAF) strategy covering CSAF practices that decrease wildfire risk fueled by climate change, CSAF as a source sustainable bioproducts and fuels, and conservation actions that provide measurable carbon reductions and sequestration.

The USDA report notes: "The adoption of on-farm biogas capture technologies and the production of biobased products can provide producers with new income streams while also reducing GHG emissions and improving water quality. Opportunities to generate income from these technologies include the generation of renewable electricity and the production of biobased products from manure, renewable natural gas (RNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG). USDA should support producers as they enter these new markets and consider innovative finance mechanisms to provide upfront capital for biogas technologies and encourage the connection of multiple small operations to provide economical renewable energy production."

Download the USDA Climate-Smart Agriculture, Forestry Strategy; 90 Day Progress Report HERE. (Source: USDA, May, 2021) Contact: USDA, www.usda.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News USDA,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  Bioenergy,  Biofuel,  


Sapphire Gas Solutions Transporting RNG (Ind. Report)
Sapphire Gas Solutions
Date: 2021-05-14
In the Lone Star State, Conroe-based LNG and CNG specialist Sapphire Gas Solutions reports it has entered the renewable natural gas (RNG) market with the recent awarding of transportation and logistics contracts for seven farm-based RNG operations in central California.

The farms which utilize Redding, Califoria-based Maas Energy anaerobic digestion installations are not connected to local gas pipeline infrastructure. This created a need to compress and deliver the RNG to pipeline systems in the region via tractor trailer. Sapphire's solution was to utilize CNG-fueled transport to provide this service, according to the release. (Source: Sapphire Gas Solutions, Website, PR, 13 May, 2021) Contact: Sapphire Gas Solutions, Sam Thigpen, SEO, 833-662-5427, info@sapphiregassolutions.com, www.sapphiregassolutions.com; Maas Energy, (530) 710-8545, info@maasenergy.com, www.maasenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News RNG,  Renewable Natural Gas,  Anaerobic Digestion,  


TOTAL, Siemens Ink LNG Emissions Reduct. Deal (Alt. Fuel, Int'l.)
TOTAL, Siemens
Date: 2021-04-14
Paris-headquartered energy giant TOTAL reports it and Siemens Energy have entered into a technical collaboration agreement to study sustainable solutions for CO2 emissions reduction focused on natural gas liquefaction facilities and associated power generation.

According to the company website, TOTAL is the world's second largest privately owned LNG player and expects have a global portfolio of nearly 50 million tpy by 2025. The company operates across the entire LNG value chain, from production and processing to trading, shipping, and distribution. (Source: Total, Rigzone, Others, 14 Apr., 2021)

More Low-Carbon Energy News TOTAL,  Siemens,  LNG,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  


Mitsui Plans $1.8Bn Investment by 2023 to Cut Emissions (Int'l.)
Mitsui
Date: 2021-04-07
Japanese maritime shipping giant Mitsui O.S.K. is reporting a plan to invest $1.8 billion over the next three years to achieve zero emissions from its fleet by 2050 and to develop new carbon-neutral businesses.

To that end, the company is looking at initiatives and technologies designed to improve the performance of its shipping fleet and cut emissions. Mitsui is also investigating new business lines tied to the emerging technologies including offshore wind, wave energy, alternative fuels, carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS), LNG bunkering and liquefied CO2 ocean transport, according to a release. (Source: Mitsui, PR, Nikkei Asia, Apr., 2021) Contact: Mitsui, www.mitsui.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mitsui,  Carbon Emissions,  


Gasum Supplying Liquified Biogas to Finnish Coast Guard (Int'l.)
Gasum
Date: 2021-04-07
Helsinki-headquartered biogas specialist Gasum reports Turku biogas plant has delivered its first shipment of liquefied biogas to the Finnish Border Guard (Coast Guard) in Helsinki. An additional shipment of liquefied biogas will be will be delivered to Helsinki in the coming weeks from Gasum's Risavika production plant in Norway.

The Finnish government is aiming to make Finland carbon-neutral by 2035. Achieving this target will require significant emission reductions in both road and maritime transport. The use of biogas can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 90 pct, making it the cleanest marine fuel available. Liquefied biogas can be used in the same applications as liquefied natural gas (LNG) as they can be mixed with each other and used simultaneously or alternately as fuel for the same ship. (Source: Gasum, PR, 1 April, 2021) Contact: Gasum, Turku Plant, Ossi Lehtonen, Plant Manager, +358 40 411 9717, ossi.lehtonen@gasum.com, www.gasum.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Gasum news,  LNG news,  Biogas news,  


Oxy, NextDecade Ink Tex. LNG Plant CCS Agreement (Ind. Report)
Occidental Petroleum Corp,NextDecade
Date: 2021-03-29
In the Lone Star State, Houston-based liquefied natural gas (LNG) major NextDecade Corp. is reporting a term sheet agreement with Houston-headquartered Occidental Petroleum Corp. subsidiary Oxy Low Carbon Ventures (OLCV) to off-take and permanently store CO2 captured from the proposed Rio Grande LNG project in the Port of Brownsville, South Texas.

The companies will negotiate a CO2 off-take and a sequestration and monitoring agreement for OLCV to transport CO2 from the facility for sequestration in an underground geologic formation in the Rio Grande Valley.

Next Decade aims to make the LNG facility a net-zero carbon emissions development with CCS and by purchasing carbon offsets, subject a final investment decision later this year. Construction is expected to get underway in 2022. (Source: NextDecade Corp., Website PR, Mar., 2021) Contact: Oxy Low Carbon Ventures, Richard Jackson, Pres., U.S. Onshore Resources and Carbon Management, OLCV@OXY.COM, www.oxylowcarbon.com; NextDecade Corp., (713) 574-1880, www.next-decade.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Occidental Petroleum Corp.,  CCS,  NextDecade,  LNG,  


NextDecade Launches NEXT Carbon Solutions (Ind. Report)
NextDecade
Date: 2021-03-19
Houston-headquartered natural gas major NextDecade Corporation is reporting the formation of a wholly owned subsidiary NEXT Carbon Solutions, LLC to develop one of the largest carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects in North America at NextDecade's Rio Grande LNG project.

The new company will also advance proprietary processes to lower the cost of utilizing CCS technology; help other energy companies reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with the production, transportation, and use of natural gas; and generate high-quality, verifiable carbon offsets to support companies in their efforts to achieve net-zero emissions.

NEXT Carbon Solutions' CCS project is expected to reduce permitted CO2 emissions at Rio Grande LNG by more than 90 pct without major design changes to the Rio Grande LNG project. As a result, Rio Grande LNG is expected to be the greenest LNG project in the world, according to the company release. (Source: NextDecade, Website, PR, 18 Mar., 2021) Contact: NextDecade, Matt Schatzman, CEO, (832) 209-8131 phughes@next-decade.com, www.next-decade.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions news,  CCS news,  LNG news,  Natural Gas news,  


Verbio Touts US, India Straw Biomethane Plant Plans (Ind. Report)
Verbio
Date: 2021-02-03
Leipzig, Germany-based biodiesel producer Verbio reports it will open two straw biomethane plants, one in India and the other in the US, as well as expand biodiesel production in Canada, befoe the year end.

According to the release, "Despite the decreasing market in the fuel segment as a result of the restricted mobility, Verbio achieved a record result. The company generated consolidated sales of €872 million. With a total production of 796,411 tons of biodiesel and bioethanol, Verbio once again increased the production record of the previous year. Biomethane production 'significantly' increased to 784 GWh, 11 pct above the previous year's result."

Verbio also noted it is investing more than €10 million to become the largest provider of bio-LNG in the German and European market from the middle of this year. (Source: Verbio, PR, 29 Jan., 20210 Contact: Verbio, Claus Sauter, CEO, +49 (0) 3493 747-40, www.verbio.de/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News VERBIO,  Ethanol,  Biomethane,  


Baker Hughes, NOVATEK Partner to Cut Carbon Emissions (Int'l.)
NOVATEK, Baker Hughes
Date: 2021-02-01
Houston-headquartered energy technology firm Baker Hughes and Russian natural gas giant NOVATEK are reporting a cooperation agreement aimed at reducing carbon emissions from natural gas and liquefied natural gas (LNG) production.

The two companies will cooperate on the development and implementation of innovative compression and power generation technology solutions from Baker Hughes for NOVATEK's LNG projects, supporting NOVATEK's emissions reduction, raising efficiency and supporting long-term sustainability.

The agreement will begin with a pilot program to introduce hydrogen blends into the main process for natural gas liquefaction to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from LNG facilities, including NOVATEK's Yamal LNG complex.

Baker Hughes will provide engineering and turbomachinery equipment to convert existing natural gas liquefaction trains at Yamal LNG to run on hydrogen blends rather than solely run with methane from feed gas. (Source: Baker Hughes, PR, Feb., 2021) Contact: Baker Huighes, Jud Bailey, 281-809-9088, investor.relations@bakerhughes.com, www. bakerhughes.com; NOVATEK, www.novatek.ru

More Low-Carbon Energy News NOVATEK,  Baker Hughes,  LNG,  ,  Carbon Emissions,  LNG,  


Clean Energy Fuels Inks Redeem™ RNG Deals (Ind. Report)
Clean Energy Fuels
Date: 2020-12-16
In the Golden State, Newport Beach-based Clean Energy Fuels Corp. is reporting new and extended contracts for more than 58 million gallons of Redeem™ renewable natural gas (RNG) to accommodate the continued demand for the sustainable fuel from key business segments including heavy duty trucking, solid waste and public transit.

Clean Energy's Redeem™ was the first commercially available RNG vehicle fuel derived from biogenic methane from dairy, landfill, and wastewater treatment plant wastes. Redeem reduces climate-harming greenhouse gas emissions by at least 70 pct and up to 300 pct depending on the source of the RNG, making it a negative carbon fuel.

Clean Energy Fuels operates a network of 540 CNG and LNG fueling stations and natural gas liquefication facilities in California and Texas, and transports bulk CNG and LNG to non-transportation customers around the U.S. (Source: Clean Energy Fuels, Website PR, 15 Dec., 2020) Contact: Clean Energy Fuels, Raleigh Gerber, Nate Jensen, VP, 949-437-1397, raleigh.gerber@cleanenergyfuels.com, www.CleanEnergyFuels.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Energy Fuels,  RNG,  CNL,  LNG,  


Quadrise Touts Sustainable Heavy Fuel Oil Alternative (Ind. Report)
Quadrise Fuels International
Date: 2020-12-16
In the UK, London-based Quadrise Fuels International is reporting the launch of bioMSAR®, a synthetic alternative to heavy fuel oil (HFO) with significantly reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

The new product uses the company's MSAR technology to combine renewable glycerol with water and refinery residues to produce an oil-in-water emulsified synthetic fuel with 20 to 30 pct less carbon dioxide and lower nitrous oxide and particulate levels.

A switch to bioSAR fuel has similar benefits to using liquified natural gas (LNG) instead of HFO, according to Quadrise.

Moving forward, the company is planning engine and combustion testing of bioMSAR®, new fuel developments, and commercial discussions with stakeholders in the biofuel supply chain. (Source: Quadrise Fuels International PLC, Proactive, 14 Dec., 2020) Contact: Quadrise Fuels International PLC, Jason Miles, CEO, +44 20 7031 7321, info@quadriseduels.com, www.quadrisefuels.com

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S. Korea Planning Climate Response Fund (Int'l. Report)
South Korea
Date: 2020-12-09
In Seoul, the South Korean Finance Ministry is reporting the government plans to overhaul its carbon emissions taxation scheme and create a tentatively named Climate Response Fund to fight climate change. The move is in keeping with a bid to transform the country's fossil-fuel reliant economy into a low-carbon economy and achieve its previously announced goal of carbon neutrality by 2050. The initiative is in line with the government's Green New Deal drive to slash GHG emissions by 24.4 pct by 2030 from 2017 levels to achieve sustainable growth through eco-friendly policies.

In a related effort, the country will increase its efforts to scale down its dependence on fossil fuels and further develop green energy sources such as hydrogen and renewable energy.

In 2019, coal accounted for 40.4 pct of the country's power generation followed by liquefied natural gas (LNG) at 25.6 pct and nuclear power with 25.9 pct. (Source: Yonhap, 7 Dec., 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Korea Carbon Emissions,  Low-Carbon Economy,  Low-Carbon Energy,  


Dutch bio-LNG Installation Construction Underway (Int'l. Report)
Renewi, Nordsol, Shell
Date: 2020-11-20
Nordsol is reporting construction is underway on the Netherlands' first bio-LNG installation in Westpoort, Amsterdam. The installation, which is expected to come online within one year, will produce 3.4 kt of bio-LNG per year.

Using Nordsol technology, biogas -- 60 pct methane and 40 pct CO2 -- extracted from organic waste is converted into bio-LNG and liquid bio-CO2, a transparent and fair supply chain. The technology makes it possible to efficiently separate pure methane from the biogas and liquefy it into bio-LNG. The CO2 by-product is then reused in the market, therefore ensuring an additional reduction in CO2 emissions, leading to a 100 pct CO2 neutral fuel. (Source: Nordsol, Website PR, Nov., 2020) Contact: Nordsol, +31 268 800 408, info@nordsol.com, www.nordsol.com

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Stirling, AB Partner on Biomethane Plants (Ind. Report)
Stirling Cryogenics
Date: 2020-11-06
Dutch firm Stirling Cryogenics, part of the Torino, Italy-based HYSYTECH group, reports it is partnering with Italian firm AB on the design, construction, installation and maintenance of liquid biomethane production plants incorporating Stirling's cryogenerators.

Under the agreement, AB's CH4LNG "liquefier" unit, will be deployed with Stirling's cryogenerators for bio-LNG systems to process up to 12 tpd of biomethane for small and medium-sized biogas plants for upgrading to bio-LNG. (Source: Stirling Cryogenics, PR, Nov., 2020) Contact: Stirling Cryogenics, +31 40 267 7300, www.stirlingcryogenics.eu; HYSYTECH, +39 011 397 0273, www.hysytech.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Stirling Cryogenics,  Biomethane,  


Malaysian Oil Giant Targets Net-Zero Emissions by 2050 (Int'l.)
Petronas
Date: 2020-11-04
In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysian oil and gas giant Petronas is reporting plans to be the first state-owned Asian energy company to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

To that end, Petronas reports it will optimize hydrocarbon efficiency and carbon capture, employ more low-carbon and renewables-based solutions, and advance emission reduction technologies as part of its strategy to achieve its carbon neutrality goal.

Petronas produces roughly 1.8 million bpd of oil equivalent (boe/d), is a major LNG exporter and operates about 400,000 bpd of refining capacity. (Source: Petronas, PR, 3 Nov., 2020) Contact: Petronas, www.petronas,com

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Wartsila to Supply German LNG/bio-LNG Plant (Int'l. Report)
Wartsila
Date: 2020-10-09
Helsinki-headquartered Wartsila Group reports it has contracted to supply and construct a 100,000 tpy plant for the production of carbon-neutral bio-LNG transport fuels in Cologne, Germany.

The plant, which is slated to be fully operational by autumn 2022, will incorporate a gas treatment system based on Wartsila's Puregas CA technology, a liquefaction unit using Wartsila's Semi-Dual Brayton technology, storage tanks, truck filling stations and necessary safety flare and auxiliary equipment.

The project will use liquid manure, food waste and similar waste material as feedstock that will be processed using anaerobic digestion to produce biogas to be upgraded to biomethane and injected into the natural gas grid. (Source: Wartsila, PR, Bioenergy Insights, 8 Oct., 2020)Contact: Wartsila, +358 10 709 0000, Fax -- +358 10 709 5700, www.wartsila.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wartsila,  LNG,  bioLNG,  Biofuel,  Alternative Fuel,  


MSC Touts Hydrogen, Biofuels Maritime Fuel Mix (Int'l. Report)
Mediterranean Shipping Company
Date: 2020-10-07
According to Geneva, Switzerland-headquartered global maritime shipping giant Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), hydrogen and biofuels are forecast to become key components of container shipping's future fuel mix and decarbonizing maritime fuels.

MSC is pioneering the large-scale usage of biofuel blends of up to 30 pct for bunkering container ships on a routine basis in Rotterdam. The company is also looking at fossilfuel sourced LNG as a potential bridging fuel as part of the industry's transition towards a zero-carbon future. MSC also notes that industry partnerships could help accelerate the development of clean hydrogen and other other fuels. (Source: Mediterranean Shipping Company, Seatrade Maritime News, 6 Oct., 2020) Contact: Mediterranean Shipping Company, Bud Darr,Exec. VP, 514 844 3711 -- Montreal Office, www.msc.com

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India's Praj Ind., ARAI Green Fuel Alliance Announced (Int'l. Report)
Praj Industries
Date: 2020-07-29
Pune, India-based ethanol producer Praj Industries Ltd. and the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) are reporting a MoA to jointly drive the development and use of advanced and alternative fuels in industry and transportation.

As a leading player in the global bio economy, Praj brings its three decades expertise in developing and deploying biofuel technology solutions through its TEMPO business mode l to the joint effort. ARAI, as a R&D major, brings its experience in CNG, LPG, LNG, HCNG, dual fuel technology, Bio-CNG, Hydrogen, Ethanol, DME and Methanol to the joint agreement.

With their complementary strengths in technology and application, Praj and ARAI will work together to test and commercialise newer fuels with improved efficiencies, according to the Praj release. (Source: Praj Industries Ltd., PR, 29 July, 2020) Contact: Praj Industries Ltd., Dr. Ravindra Utgikar , Bus. Dev. info@praj.net, www.praj.net; Automotive Research Association of India, Shri Nitn B Dhande, Bus. Dev., dhande.dts@araiindia.com, www.araiindia.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Praj Industries news,  Alternative Fuel news,  CNG news,  Biofuel news,  Ethanol news,  


TerraX, SWEN Impact Fund Biomethane JV Announced (Int'l. Report)
TerraX
Date: 2020-07-29
Italian renewable gas projects developer TerraX is reporting a joint venture with the SWEN Impact Fund for Transition (SWEN), managed by SWEN Capital Partners, the first European impact fund entirely dedicated to the financing of renewable gas infrastructure to invest in biomethane.

The joint venture will construct and operate 10 or more biomethane projects to produce renewable gas in Italy, which will be injected into the networks or marketed as bio-LNG. Once operational in 2022, the plants will produce enough energy to supply 100 heavy trucks and reduce emissions by 90 pct.

According to the company's website, the company's "mission is to spread and to improve new technologies for our projects in the field of anaerobic digestion and biomass gasification, designing and investing in eco-sustainable and innovative solutions, which produce value for the planet and for those who intend to operate consciously in it. We provide new technologies, projects and services for a greener future." (Source: TerraX, PR, Website, Valdosta Gazette, 29 July, 2020) Contact: TerraX, Michael Neiderbacher, CEO , +39 0471 19 57 174, info@terrax.it, www.terrax.it

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomethane,  Anaerobic Digestion,  bio-LNG,  


Vietnam Coal Consumption Growing (Int'l. Report)
Vietnam
Date: 2020-07-20
Vietnam posted the highest growth in coal consumption among the top 10 global consumers last year, when the country consumed 2.07 exajoules of electricity from coal-- up 30.2 pct year-on-year, according to the BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2020, This makes Vietnam the 10th largest consumer of coal in the world behind China, India and the U.S.

Although Vietnam's coal imports surged to a record high in the first half of the year, the Ministry of Industry and Trade has ruled out construction of new coal-fired power plants after 2030, when it will prioritize the use of renewable energy and liquefied natural gas (LNG). (Source: VNExpress, 20 July, 2020)

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CNOOC Reports First Carbon-Neutral LNG Shipment (Int'l. Report)
CNOOC,Shell
Date: 2020-06-24
CNOOC Gas & Power, China's largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) importer, is reporting the purchase of the first of two carbon-neutral LNG shipments under a purchase and supply agreement with Shell. The purchase was offset by carbon credits through nature-based projects in China, Kallanish Energy reports.

The inaugural agreement kick-starts the sale of carbon-neutral LNG through an online trading platform, which the Shanghai exchange described as a "global innovation." (Source: Shanghai Oil and Gas Exchange, Kallanish, 23 June, 2020) Contact: CNOOC Gas & Power, www.cnooc.com.cn

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The European Green Deal -- In the Fast Lane with Biomethane in Transport (Int'l. Ind. Report Attached)
European Biogas Association ,Natural and Bio Gas Vehicle Association
Date: 2020-06-15
The attached document from the European Biogas Association (EBA) and the Natural and Bio Gas Vehicle Association (NGVA Europe) illustrates the current and potential uptake of biomethane in the transportation sector.

According to the document, 17 pct of biomethane is used today to fuel natural gas vehicles (NGVs) in 25 pct of Europe's refueling network, resulting in a 35 pct reduction of emissions when compared to conventional fuels -- the highest rate of emissions reduction compared to other fuels, with greater potential when coupled with renewable gas. The report notes 117 terawatt-hours of renewable gas could be distributed as transport fuel as bioCNG and bioLNG by 2030 -- 40 pct of the overall fuel consumption of NGVs, estimated at more than 13 million vehicles in 2030.

A higher uptake of bioCNG and bioLNG in the sector will result in an overall greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction of 55 pct . Up to one million jobs will be created to ensure the scale-up of biomethane in the coming decades. New CNG and LNG stations and vehicles must also be created and must be compatible with their renewable counterparts, the document notes.

Download the The European Green Deal -- In the Fast Lane with Biomethane in Transport report HERE. (Source: European Biogas Association, Website, June, 2020) Contact: www.europeanbiogas.eu; Natural & bio Gas Vehicle Association, www.ngva.eu

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Biogas Association,  Natural and Bio Gas Vehicle Association,  biCNG,  Biogas,  bioLNG,  


Gasum Completes Norwegian LNG Marine Fuel Bunkering (Int'l.)
Gasum
Date: 2020-06-08
The Finnish state-owned energy company Gasum is reporting a liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering for the world's largest semi-submersible crane vessel, which is owned by Netherlands-based marine contracting firm Heerema.

As a marine fuel, LNG meets all current and forthcoming IMO and EU regulations. In addition, the use of LNG removes all Sox emissions and particles and reduces Nox emissions by 85 pct compared to heavy fuel oil. LNG also lowers CO2 emissions by at least 20 pct, according to the release. (Source: Gasum, Port News, June, 2020) Contact: Gasum, +358 800 122 722, www.gasum.com: Heerema, www.heerema.com

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KBR Wins LNG Plant Energy Efficiency Study Deal (Int'l. Report)
KBR
Date: 2020-05-29
In the Lone Star State, Houston-headquartered engineering, procurement, and construction company and former Halliburton subsidiary KBR, Inc. reports it has been awarded an energy efficiency opportunities study by Adelaide, Australia-based oil and gas producer Santos Ltd.

The study at Santos' Gladstone LNG plant will: explore opportunities to improve the overall energy efficiency of the plant; seek to reduce CO2 emissions associated with the facility; and assist in identifying and screening potential modifications to enhance the operational facility through improvements of thermal efficiency while also accounting for the associated reduction in carbon emissions. (Source: KBR Inc., PR, 28 May, 2020) Contact: KBR, . Jay Ibrahim, KBR President, Energy Solutions www.kbr.com; Santos Ltd., www.santos.com

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Capstone Scores 2MW Bahama Island Microturbine Order (Ind. Report)
Capstone Turbine
Date: 2020-05-13
Van Nuys, California-based microturbine energy systems specialist Capstone Turbine Corp is reporting receipt of an order for a 2-MW scale C1000 Signature Series (C1000S) microturbine energy systems for the Bahamian island Walker's Cay redevelopment project.

The LNG powered system is expected to be commissioned in the Fall of 2020. (Source: Capstone Turbine Corp., PR, Accesswire, 11 May, 2020) Contact: Capstone Turbine, www.capstoneturbine.com

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EDL, Kinetrex Open Indianapolis RNG Facility (Ind. Report)
EDL Energy, Kinetrex Energy
Date: 2020-04-17
Further to our 4 March report, in Indianapolis, EDL Energy, Kinetrex Energy and South Side Landfill celebrated the opening of the Indy High BTU plant, which will convert landfill methane gas into renewable natural gas (RNG). The fully operational plant is Illinois' largest producing 8 million gpy of pipeline-quality RNG, according to the release.

The facility will supply Kinetrex Energy with RNG, which it will turn into liquefied natural gas (LNG) and sold to Midwest transportation fleets.

(Source: Kinetrex Energy, Bioenergy Insights, 14 April, 2020)Contact: EDL Energy, www.edlenergy.com; Kinetrex Energy, Aaron Johnson, CEO, 317-886-8179, www.kinetrexenergy.com

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Alternative Fuels for Int'l Shipping Study Launched (Int'l)
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Maritime Institute
Date: 2020-04-17
In Singapore, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI) are reporting release of their 12-month study covering the technological, environmental and economic considerations in adopting alternative fuels.

The comprehensive study evaluates the characteristics of liquefied natural gas (LNG), methanol, biodiesel, and hydrogen, and outlines ways to incorporate them into existing ship systems. The study also provides short-, medium- and long-term measures, for shipping companies to overcome challenges in incorporating alternative fuels into their value chain and outlines how companies can use alternative fuels to help meet the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) long-term greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets of at least 50 pct, compared to the levels in 2008.

Download the Alternative Fuels for International Shipping studyHERE.(Source: NTU, SMI, Sea News, 16 April, 2020) Contact: NTU, Dr. Prapisala Thepsithar , Professor Louis Phee, Dean of College of Engineering, +65 6791 1744, www.ntu.edu.sg; Singapore Maritime Insitute, +65 6270 2885, www.maritimeinstitute.sg

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BayWa Opens German LNG, Bio-LNG Fueling Station (Int'l. Report)
BayWa Energy
Date: 2020-04-15
In Germany, BayWa Energy GmbH is reporting the opening of Germany's first LNG filling station for trucks at VW's HQ in the town of Wolfsburg, in Lower Saxony.

The facility, which is operated by BayWa Mobility Solutions, will also offer bio-LNG in a second phase.

BayWa is planning additional LNG stations in Munich, Nuremberg and Nordlingen by mid 2020, while other sites are in the planning phase.(Source: BayWa Energy, PetrolPlaza, 14 April, 2020)Contact: BayWa r.e. GmbH, Matthias Taft, CEO, +49 (89) 383932 131, www.baywa-re.com

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Nauticor, Novatek Partnering on Baltic LNG Bunkering (Int'l Report)
Novatek Green Energy
Date: 2020-04-06
Hamburg, Germany-based Nauticor GmbH & Co. KG and Krakow, Poland-based LNG producer Novatek Green Energy are reporting their planned cooperation to develop a marine LNG bunkering market supply infrastructure in the Baltic Sea area.

Both firms are presently active in the North European LNG market. (Source: Nauticor, LNG Ind., 6 April, 2020) Contact: Nauticor, Gregoire Hartig, Bus. Dev Mgr, +49.40.468959-0 Fax: +49.40.468959-103, info@nauticor.de, www.nauticor.de Novatek Green Energy, +48 12 390 76 95, info@novatek.pl, www.en.novatek.pl

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Gasum, Forchem Ink Liquified Biogas Delivery Agreement (Int'l.)
Gasum,Forchem Oy
Date: 2020-03-23
In Helsinki, Finnish energy company Gasum has entered into an agreement with the cleantech company Forchem Oy for the supply of liquefied biogas (LBG) for the Forchem tall oil biorefinery in Rauma, Finland. Forchem switched to using liquefied natural gas (LNG) in 2019.

Forchem supplies products for global actors operating in many different markets. The company's operations are characterized by the principles of sustainable development and minimized environmental impacts. The liquefied biogas (LBG) is received at the Forchem reception terminal, vaporized and used in the company's production processes. The switch from using LNG to using LBG can be made without any additional investments.

Liquefied biogas (LBG) is equal to liquefied natural gas (LNG) in terms of its properties and suitable for use as a road and maritime transport fuel and for industrial purposes. LBG is a renewable fuel that can be distributed by using the existing LNG infrastructure. Biogas is produced from feedstocks including biodegradable side streams of industrial and other enterprises as well as from consumer biowaste. (Source: Gasum, Renewable News, 23 Mar.,2020) Contact: Gasum, Tommy Mattila, +358 20 4471, www.gasum.com; Forchem Oy, +358 2 478 4400, info@forchem.com, www.forchem.com

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LNG Marine Fuel Misses the Boat on GHG Emission (Ind. Report)
International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT)
Date: 2020-02-21
A new report just released by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) concludes that using LNG for maritime bunkers (martine fuel) may have little positive impact on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

The ICCT analysis compares LNG, marine gas oil, very low sulphur fuel oil and heavy fuel oil used in marine engines in the LNG tanker and cruise sectors. However, results varied widely depending on engine technology. High-pressure dual fuel (HPDF) machinery came out top but the ICCT estimates that only 90 of the 750-plus LNG-fuelled ships in service use these engines. Moreover, using a 20-year global warming potential model and taking into account upstream emissions, combustion emissions and methane slip, there is no climate benefit from using LNG, regardless of engine technology, the analysis concludes.

The ICCT's findings come as a serious blow to those who have advocated LNG as an interim fuel on the path to low- and zero-carbon propulsion technologies.

Download the ICCT Climate Implications of Using LNG as a Marine Fuel report HERE. (Source: ICCT, Stand Earth.com, Seatrade, 29 Jan., 2020) Contact: International Council of Clean Transportation, twitter@theicct.org, communications@theicct.org, www.theittc.org

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Chevron Reaches Million Ton Australian CCS Milestone (Int.l. Report)
Chevron
Date: 2020-02-14
In the Land Down Under, Chevron is reporting it has passed a milestone of one million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions captured and sequestered underground at its $2.5 billion Gorgon Island LNG plant in Western Australia.

When fully operational, the CO2 capture system is expected to reduce Gorgon's greenhouse gas emissions by about 40 pct -- more than 100 million tonnes over its life. (Source: Chevron, Financial review, 15 Feb., 2020)

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UPS Announces Kinetrex, TruStar RNG Contracts (Ind. Report)
UPS, Kinetrex Energy, TruStar Energy
Date: 2020-02-05
Atlanta-based logistics giant UPS reports it has entered into multi-year renewable natural gas (RNG) agreements with Indianapolis-headquartered LNG specialist Kinetrex Energy and White Plains, New York-based compressed natural gas (CNG) and renewable natural gas fuel specialist TruStar Energy which together will supply as much as 80 million gallon equivalents (GEs) of RNG to UPS over the terms of the agreements.

Kinetrex will supply UPS with up to 52.5 million GEs of RNG over the life of the contract to be used in its tractor trailer vehicles throughout the Midwest. TruStar Energy will supply UPS with up to 27.5 million GEs of RNG over the life of the contract to be used in California. The RNG will be used to fuel UPS's CNG-powered trucks in both Visalia and Moreno Valley, Calif.

Over the past decade, UPS has invested more than $1 billion in alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles and fueling stations in an initiative to cut its absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 12 pct across its global ground operations by 2025. (Source: UPS, PR, Feb., 2020) Contact: UPS, Mike Whitlatch, VP, 404-828-6000, www.ups.com; Kinetrex, Aaron Johnson, CEO, 317-886-8179, www.kinetrexenergy.com; TruStar Energy, www.trustarenergy.com

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Equinor Announces Major GHG Reduction Goals (Int'l, Ind. Report)
Equinor
Date: 2020-01-10
Oslo-headquartered Norwegian oil and gas major Equinor -- fka Statoil -- reports it aims reduce the absolute greenhouse gas emissions from its operated offshore fields and onshore plants in Norway by 40 pct by 2030, increasing to 70 pct by 2040 and to near zero by 2050, using 2005 as a baseline.

The GHG reduction goal will cover all of the company's Norwegian offshore fields and onshore plants, including both Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions of CO2 and methane, levels of which are very low at the Norwegian continental shelf.

The reductions will be achieved through large scale industrial measures, including energy efficiency, digitalization and the launch of several electrification projects at key fields and plants, including the Troll and Oseberg offshore fields and the Hammerfest LNG plant, at an estimated cost NOK 50 billion ($5,630,500,000 US) or more. (Source: Equnior, Smart Energy Jan., 2020) Contact: Equinor, Eldar Saetre, CEO, Pal Eitrheim, VP New Energy Solutions, www.equinor.com

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Synthetic Natural Gas to Fuel Container Ship (Int'l Report)
MAN Energy Solutions
Date: 2019-11-13
Augsburg, Germany-based marine diesel engine manufacturer MAN Energy Solutions and Wessels Marine GmbH report they are partnering on the use of liquefied synthetic natural gas (SNG) produced from renewable electrical energy as a drop-in fuel for a container ship.

The retrofitted ship -- the Wes Amelie -- will use SNG, replacing 20 tons of LNG with SNG on board the ship for an upcoming round trip. SNG for the project will be produced automaker Audi's Power-to-Gas facility in Werlte, where a liquefaction plant is currently under construction. (Source: MAN Energy Solutions, Nov., 2019) Contact: MAN Energy Solutions, www.man-es.com; Wessels Marine GmbH, www.wessels-marine.com

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Kintrex Indianapolis Landfill RNG Plant Underway (Ind. Report)
Kinetrex Energy ,EDL North America
Date: 2019-11-08
Following up on our June 17th coverage, Indianapolis-headquartered LNG specialist Kinetrex Energy reports work is underway on what the company claims will be the largest renewable natural gas (RNG) project in Indiana.

Kinetrex is working with Australia-based sustainable energy producer EDL and South Side Landfill of Indianapolis on the $25 million project that will process landfill methane into about 8 million gpy of RNG transportation fuel. The new RNG plant is expected to be fully operational in January, 2020. (Source: Kintrex Energy, Inside Indiana, 7 Nov., 2019) Contact: EDL North America, Jim Grant, CEO, (517) 208-0743, www.edlenergy.com; Kintrex, Aaron Johnson, CEO, 317-886-8179, www.kinetrexenergy.com

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