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LNG Masterplan Consortium Meeting - 26-28 May 2014, Galati

03 June 2014

The LNG Consortium Meeting was organised in Galati (Romania) on 26-28 May 2014 with a big success. The event brought together almost 80 participants, including not only the project partners but also the representatives of the Industry Reference Group and stakeholders with a special interest in small-scale LNG deployments. Participants had the possibility to join the various meeting sessions and expert workshops and also to learn about the industrial potential of the region during the technical tours at Menarom P.E.C S.A., company providing equipment for naval and offshore applications, or during the vessel trip through the port area of Galati. 

The main focus of the Consortium Meeting was to demonstrate and discuss the progress of various project activities and to provide a platform for information exchange and best practices concerning LNG market development. The invited experts shared interesting information about the development of LNG markets (PACE Consulting), about LNG supply options (OMV Power International) as well as on the development of the policy and regulatory framework (CCNR) and financing investments in LNG infrastructure.

During the dedicated workshops, the technology providers and experts in LNG deployment (such as GazTransport & Technigaz, Ship Design Group, Rolls-Royce Power Systems and Valenciaport Foundation) shared valuable know-how, presented best practices and current developments in the LNG field, both on-shore and as vessel solutions.

This meeting represented an excellent opportunity for the project consortium to connect with the technology providers and the invited external experts and to share their experience in this new, but rapidly developing market.

The next Consortium Meeting of the LNG Masterplan project will be held in autumn 2014, in the Western part of Europe. Information about the event can be requested via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Photo Source: Pro Danube Management GmbH

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Chemgas Barging S.a.r.l and its new LNG fuelled Sirocco

30 April 2014

The LNG propelled conventional type G tanker of Chemgas Barging S.a.r.l. developed within the LNG Masterplan project is starting to catch shape. After placing the cargo tanks in the mid ship section end of January this year, the construction and outfitting of the inland vessel is progressing well. The stern and the fore part of the vessel have been assembled in March. In the mean time the engine room was equipped with peripheral engines. On 22 April, the Wärtsilä dual fuel engine has been lifted into the engine room and will be fitted with the LNG infrastructure in the coming period. Launching of the vessel is expected end of May. The vessel will be named “MS Sirocco”, which is the name of a hot and dust laden wind blowing from northern Africa and affecting parts of southern Europe.

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Photo Source: Chemgas Barging S.a.r.l.

First LNG refit on a container barge by DCL Barge B.V.

28 April 2014

To meet the increasing demand for sustainable transport, DCL Barge B.V. which is part of the Danser Group decided in 2012 to refit one of their container barges with a Dual-Fuel powertrain. As a result, the engines of the vessel Eiger will be powered by LNG for 99%. With this refit to LNG, the expected emission reductions are 20% less CO2, 90% less NOx (nitrogen) and 90% less particulate matter.

Within the LNG Masterplan project, DCL Barge B.V. will be the first to realize a LNG refit on an existing barge. At this moment, the vessel is at the shipyard and all the different components are fitted. A detailed view of the different stages of the project can be seen on the Danser group website http://www.danser.nl/en/Fleet/EigerLNGRefit.aspx.

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Photo Source: Danser Group

Pilot Classes “LNG as a fuel in IWT” carried out successfully

30 April 2014

On 25 April 2014, the second pilot class regarding “LNG as a fuel in Inland Waterway Transport” was executed by the STC-Group in Rotterdam. As part of sub-activity 4.2 'Education and Training Requirements' in the LNG Masterplan project, this course has been developed in close cooperation with both the inland shipping industry and competent organisations like classification societies and port authorities. In total 13 persons took part in two separate classes on 10 April and 25 April. The main goal was to collect valuable feedback to the lesson materials developed.

The background of the participants was quite varied ranging from persons involved in ship building, port inspection, bunkering services to incident management and skippers of inland gas vessels. As Mr Rob van Reem, Deputy Director at STC B.V., stated: 'Only in close cooperation with all parties involved, a safe and sustainable small scale LNG supply chain can be established effectively'. Together with their partners in this project, the STC-Group can further enhance the training and education materials for personnel involved on board LNG fuelled vessels.

Rhine Ports sign cooperation agreement

30 April 2014

On 25 April 2014, the ports of Antwerp, Mannheim, Rotterdam, Strasbourg and Switzerland signed a cooperation agreement for the introduction of LNG in the European inland navigation sector. The cooperation includes studies, promotion, knowledge transfer, regulations and bunker infrastructure. The agreements are set up in the framework of the LNG Masterplan for Rhine-Main-Danube, a project in which all five ports are partners. The goal of the LNG Masterplan is to introduce LNG as a fuel and as cargo for inland shipping along the Rhine-Main-Danube corridor.

More information you may retrieve from the press releases of Port of Antwerp and of Port of Rotterdam.

European Parliament approves Directive to support the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure

22 April 2014

On 15 April 2014, the European Parliament approved the Directive on the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure that ensures the build-up of infrastructure for alternative fuels across Europe, the development of common technological specifications, including CNG and LNG refuelling points and sets out minimum requirements on alternative fuels infrastructure build up, that shall be implemented through the Member States' national policy frameworks. In order to make this happen, the Directive requires Member States to set targets to make infrastructure available for the most common alternative fuels. The publication of the Directive will take place in the second half of 2014.

For CNG infastructure and electric charging, the 2020 deadline for the agreement that forsees adequate refuelling for cities and densely populated areas was preserved, whereas for CNG and LNG refuelling points along the TEN-T core network, the deadline has been moved to 2025 (5 years later than the Commission preferred).

Apart from requiring Member States to submit to the Commission national plans for minimum levels of infrastructure (refuelling and recharging stations for alternative fuels) the approval has set grounds for the following main measures:
  • EU wide standards for the infrastructure, including standardised refuelling equipment for natural gas
  • Clear consumer information to facilitate use including on the recharging and refuelling stations themselves, as well as comparison of prices for the different clean and conventional fuels
With regard to natural gas and biomethane, Member States will have to develop national action plans to provide the appropriate infrastructure for CNG and LNG refuelling (road and maritime) according to the following provisions:
  • 2020 target CNG: adequate refuelling in urban agglomerations and densely populated areas
  • 2025 target CNG/LNG (road): minimum number of filling stations along the TEN-T core network (150 km for CNG and 400 km for LNG mentioned as indicative maximum distances)
  • 2025 target LNG (shipping): refuelling in a sufficient number of TEN-T seaports
  • 2030 target LNG (shipping): refuelling in a sufficient number of TEN-T inland ports
  • Common technical standards for CNG and LNG refuelling points by 2015
  • Consumer information: the unit price per "1 petrol litre equivalent" may be used 

LNG Masterplan Consortium Meeting in Galati on 26-28 May 2014

22 April 2014

The next LNG Masterplan Consortium Meeting will take place on 26-28 May 2014, in Galati. The main focus of this Consortium Meeting is to present and discuss the progress of the project as well as to provide a platform to facilitate exchange of information and best practices concerning LNG market developments. Technology providers are invited to present new developments in the field of LNG terminals, fuelling stations, trucks, equipment and machinery, etc. External experts are invited to share interesting information about policy and regulatory framework, financing investments in LNG infrastructure and hands-on experience from existing regional regulations addressing LNG bunkering.

Furthermore, technical workshops have been integrated into the agenda addressing topics currently discussed in the project, to which the external experts from the Industry Reference Group and Advisory Group are invited to take part.  For more information, interested parties may refer to the event's preliminary agenda which can be downloaded here.

European Map of CNG & LNG filling stations

15 April 2014

NGVA Europe has developed the first European interactive map of CNG and LNG filling station. Apart from the comprehensive list of CNG and LNG stations, the map includes detailed information of gps coordinates, opening hours, payment method, a trip planning function and a 'Search nearby/ by country' option. At the moment, the map is available as a test version and can be accessed under the following link: http://map.ngva.eu/. The login data is as follows: Username - test, Password - ngva. Interested parties are invited to provide their feedback to the NGVA Europe team. The official launch is planned for the next weeks. 

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Foto Source: NGVA Europe

International Gas Union releases the World LNG Report 2014

07 April 2014

The International Gas Union released the second World LNG Report. This report is a follow up to the 2013 Edition and covers the most important global LNG developments in 2013 and early 2014. This edition includes a special report on the “Small LNG Value Chain” that focuses on small liquefaction and regasification projects, small shipping and onshore transportation facilities. The report can be downloaded here.

Gas Infrastructure Europe releases small-scale LNG map for sea-road-waterways transport

07 April 2014

Gas Infrastructure Europe has recently published the March 2014 edition of the small-scale LNG map for sea-road-waterways transport. This map provides the LNG industry and interested parties with an overview of the available, planned and announced small-scale LNG infrastructure and services in Europe. The GLE small-scale LNG map provides the following information: LNG import terminals offering new LNG services, LNG small-scale liquefaction plants, LNG bunkering facilities for vessels, LNG bunker ships, LNG refuelling stations for trucks as well as LNG satellite storage.

Both map and database can be downloaded here.