Alternative fuels in European transport
European mobility and transport still rely heavily on imported oil. The European Commission has taken several measures to reduce oil dependency of transport while cutting greenhouse gas emissions. The promotion of alternative fuels such as liquefied natural gas (LNG) is a core component of this strategy. Together with a well-known technology partner, Bilfinger now enables local LNG production where the fuel is really needed.
“Our Small Scale LNG plants make it possible to use various gas sources to produce LNG. We also offer pre-treatment of gas and natural gas liquefaction technology, LNG trailer loading stations and refueling stations. Moreover, the modular design helps to achieve a short delivery time and minimum construction work onsite,” says Michael Löffelmann, Executive President of Bilfinger's Engineering & Technologies division. Bilfinger thus delivers integrated solutions for projects along the entire gas value chain – from engineering and consulting services to the design, erection, operation and maintenance of industrial facilities, all from a single source.
Natural gas – both liquefied and compressed – figures among the most promising alternative fuels in both land and sea transportation. The technology is mature and readily available with performances equivalent to petrol or diesel units and with very clean exhaust emissions. In addition, LNG offers long-distance supply flexibility without the need for interregional pipelines.
In order to improve the access of all Member States to LNG and storage as an alternative source of gas, the European Commission passed a directive on the deployment of the necessary infrastructure for alternative fuel vehicles. Following this directive, member states are defining national policies to ensure sufficient coverage of LNG refueling points for ships and trucks. Since the increase in LNG demand is not always close to large producers or distribution networks, it is increasingly important that LNG is produced locally in a smaller capacity. This is known as Small Scale LNG (SSLNG) – an approach that Bilfinger accounts for with its SSLNG model.
As discussed in the HPI Market Data 2019 report, published in November by Gas Processing & LNG’s sister publication, Hydrocarbon Processing, rising propane and ethane supplies in the US have been enabled by greater production of shale gas.
Industry Trends: Norway targets global LNG market
Norway aims to become a leading player in the global LNG market during the next several years through the establishment of new, large-scale LNG terminals.
Regional Focus: Challenges of scaling up Africa’s LNG production
Several gas projects are underway in Africa, but they continue to be constrained by inadequate infrastructure, slow finance mobilization, lack of security and uncertainty over hydrocarbon regulations that are casting doubt on the outcome of the continent’s drive to meet its anticipated 128% gas demand increase by 2040.
GasPro 2.0: A Webcast Symposium
The global LNG industry is becoming increasingly interconnected as grassroots export projects get off the ground. Another technology route for processing gas into fuels—GTL—is attracting renewed attention due to improving economics. Small-scale solutions for both LNG and GTL are at the forefront of new technological developments, while major projects using more conventional technologies continue to start up around the world.
During this webcast, we will focus on LNG, GTL, gas processing technology developments and deployments, operations, small-scale solutions, transportation, trading, distribution, safety, regulatory affairs, business analysis and more.
October 25, 2018 08:30 AM CDT