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Canada Could Gain from Marine LNG

April 7, 2014 in LNG, Marine, Studies by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘British Columbia Uniquely Positioned for LNG Bunkering’

Canada’s West Coast can benefit from marine use of liquefied natural gas fuel, with payback for many applications in a little as six years, states a new report from organizations including the Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance

“All of the technologies needed to use LNG as a marine fuel are proven and commercially available,” states the 60-page Liquefied Natural Gas: A Marine Fuel for Canada’s West Coast.

'All of the technologies needed to use LNG as a marine fuel are proven and commercially available.'

‘All of the technologies needed to use LNG as a marine fuel are proven and commercially available.’

“Canada has a tremendous natural gas resource advantage,” Alicia Milner, president of the Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance and chair of the project steering committee, says in a release.

Market Access Is the Key

“Allowing access for LNG in the marine sector is smart and strategic for Canada,” she said. “British Columbia is uniquely positioned to become a preferred North American destination for LNG bunkering, with Port Metro Vancouver well suited to be a leader in this regard.”

“The challenge for natural gas lies in gaining market access,” Milner says in the report. “Current Canadian regulations need to be adapted to accommodate the use of natural gas as a marine fuel, while codes, standards, regulations, personnel training, operating practices and procedures, and fuel supply infrastructure are all at various stages of development.

“There is a need to identify and apply what will work in Canada.”

In the near-term, coastal vessel operators have the best opportunity to benefit from LNG, the report finds. For six coastal vessels analyzed, fuel costs were reduced by more than 50% with five of the ships having a payback on initial investment of less than six years.

Rebuild the Yards with LNG in Mind

Regulatory changes would benefit such specific deployments as the LNG dual fuel ferries that Victoria- and Vancouver-based BC Ferries wants to deploy by 2017 (HHP Insight, December 9).

The 49-year old Queen of Nanaimo is to be replaced and LNG is likely for the new vessel to be deployed in 2016.

BC Ferries’ 50-year old Queen of Nanaimo is to be replaced and LNG is likely for the new vessel to be deployed in 2017.

The LNG report also found that the marine sector may emerge as an significant new market for natural gas produced in British Columbia. Under a “medium” LNG adoption scenario, the report finds that 150 LNG vessels operating on the West Coast by 2025 would create new demand equal to 8.5% of British Columbia’s 2012 natural gas use.

The report notes too that Canada’s government is investing “billions” to rebuild Canadian shipyard capabilities. “A small fraction of this investment could be designated to help shipyards pursue LNG conversions and new builds,” the report suggests, noting that LNG “could help Canada develop a sustainable niche in the global shipbuilding sector.”

The LNG report project was jointly funded by Transport Canada and industry, with participants including ABS/the American Bureau of Shipping, BC Ferries, the British Columbia Institute of Technology, the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure-Pacific Gateway Branch, CAA, Encana, FortisBC, Environment Canada, Natural Resources Canada, Lloyd’s Register, Port Metro Vancouver, Rolls-Royce, Seaspan, Shell, STX Canada Marine, Teekay and Wärtsilä.

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Source: CNGVA with HHP Insight follow-up

 

 

 

 

Canada Marine LNG Study Broadened

August 5, 2013 in LNG, Marine, Studies by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Study Now to Address Great Lakes and Eastern Canada Too

Canada’s West Coast Marine LNG Project is being extended to include the eastern and Great Lakes regions of the country, with the support of the government’s Transport Canada agency. Transport Canada advises that the new name of the project is Canada Marine LNG Supply Chain JIP. 

This item, initially posted on July 22, has been reposted following
receipt of detailed project description from Transport Canada

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LNG for the West Coast of Canada

May 29, 2013 in LNG, Marine by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Estimated $1.2 Million Project Involves 17 Participating Groups

Organizations including CNGVA, the Ottawa-based Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance, are talking up their initiative aiming to identify and address barriers to the use of liquefied natural gas as a marine fuel in western Canada.
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Teekay Plans LNG Bunkering

February 19, 2013 in LNG, Marine by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Operations, with a Self-Propelled Vessel, Would Start in 2016

Multinational Teekay, which operates 150 vessels accounting for the movements of some 10% of the world’s seaborne oil – and is one of the top three independent LNG vessel owners globally – is proposing to establish LNG bunkering in the Pacific Northwest, with at least one bunkering vessel, by 2016.
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