OTTAWA, April 2, 2014 /CNW/ - A report released today highlights the
benefits of using liquefied natural gas (LNG) as an affordable, lower
emission fuel for Canada's marine sector. According to the report, 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.
"Canada has a tremendous natural gas resource advantage," said Alicia
Milner, President of the Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance and
Chair of the project steering committee. "Allowing access for LNG in
the marine sector is smart and strategic for Canada. 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."
In the near-term, coastal vessel operators have the best opportunity to
benefit from LNG. 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.
The marine sector can also serve as an important new market for British
Columbia's extensive natural gas resources. Under a "medium" LNG
adoption scenario, 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.
New marine regulations taking effect in January 2015 require a 90%
reduction in fuel sulphur content. Compared to traditional marine
fuels, LNG use can reduce sulphur emissions by at least 90%, lower
nitrogen oxide emissions by 35% or more, decrease particulate matter by
at least 85%, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 19%.
Jointly funded by Transport Canada and a broad group of industry and
other participants, the report recommends changes to Canada's marine
regulatory framework to allow for the review and approval of new LNG
projects. These changes would support new projects moving forward
including the use of three LNG ferries that BC Ferries plans to have in
operation in 2017.
American Bureau of Shipping
British Columbia Institute of Technology
BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure - Pacific Gateway
Canadian Natural Gas Initiative / Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance
Government of Canada - Transport Canada, Environment Canada, Natural
Port Metro Vancouver
STX Canada Marine
PDF available at: http://stream1.newswire.ca/media/2014/04/02/20140402_C8173_DOC_EN_38721.pdf
SOURCE: Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance
For further information:
Please visit www.cngva.org or contact:
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