Future growth regions for LNG road transportation revealed

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Vaclav Chrz, Director Technology Development, Chart Ferox
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Vaclav Chrz, Director Technology Development at Chart Ferox discusses how LNG in vehicle fuelling evolved over the past 20 years, key future regions for LNG application as vehicle fuel and explains the core message of his presentation "LNG vehicle fuelling stations designed to the size of the fleet" at Gastech’s CoTEs programme.

Gastech News: How has LNG in vehicle fuelling evolved over the past 20 years?

Vaclav Chrz: The idea of LNG as fuel onboard cars was born at MVE (a Chart company since 2000) in USA, who developed both onboard vehicle LNG system and LNG refuelling stations, as well as LCNG stations for supporting the CNG fuelling infrastructure for off-pipeline locations. I had a chance of travelling in a prototype BMW car LNG conversion in 1998. By then already LNG buses, refuse lorries and heavy trucks with Chart fuel tanks existed in USA and Australia totalling 3000 units. It was followed by tens of units in UK and Spain. There has been significant activity in China since 2011 with current number of vehicles (busses and trucks) around 150 000 and more than 1000 LNG fuelling stations. Chart China plays an important role as technology vendor in this market. In Europe there has been an increase in activity. Original truck and bus manufacturers’ designs and gas companies building LNG stations are important factors that stimulate systematic progress. More than 1000 LNG vehicles are in operation. Chart supports this movement with deliveries of US manufactured R110 approved tanks and with fuelling stations from Chart Ferox.

Gastech News: Can we expect a rapid growth of LNG application as vehicle fuel in the next couple of years? If so, in what regions do you see the biggest developments?

Vaclav Chrz: European Union took decisive measures by the Directive on alternative fuels infrastructure, which will enable LNG cross-continent ride as first condition for long distance as well as local LNG traffic. It is a seed from which the further natural growth of number of cars and fuelling stations can continue driven simply by economy. Similar development can be expected in Russia. This process is also supported with building new big LNG liquefaction plants in Russia, Australia and Indonesia, distributed liquefiers of shale gas in USA, liquefaction at scattered wells in China, as well as building new receiving terminals and opening of old and new terminals to direct sale of LNG to road distribution.

Gastech News: You are giving a talk at Gastech’s CoTEs programme in October entitled “LNG vehicle fuelling stations designed to the size of the fleet”, what can visitors expect to take away from your presentation?

Vaclav Chrz: The message will be that investors shall plan the size of the fuelling stations appropriately to the number of vehicles with respect to the expected growth, possibly also considering the mobile or relocatable options, with examples of real installations. LNG fuelling is stabilized technology, available in variety of types.

Gastech News: What are you most looking forward to at this year’s Gastech Singapore?

Vaclav Chrz: Focus on Small LNG, which besides of vehicle fuelling covers also onshore and along-shore distribution to satellite regasification stations for living areas, processing factories and power plants, which includes the concept of “virtual pipelines”, regular deliveries of LNG on fixed routes. This is a rapidly growing branch of gas industry. Large number of small units totalizes in an important additional segment of the gas trade cake.

Wednesday, 28th October - Vaclav Chrz, Director Technology Development at Chart Ferox will be talking about "LNG vehicle fuelling stations designed to the size of the fleet" at the CoTEs Programme at Gastech Singapore.

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