Ferus Natural Gas Fuels and ENN Canada Corporation are forming a joint venture today to construct, own and operate two LNG liquefaction plants in Canada. The plants will be strategically located in Vancouver, British Columbia and Edmonton, Alberta to service the on-road trucking market as well as other high-horsepower applications including marine, rail, mining, and oil and gas exploration.
Ferus Natural Gas Fuels specializes in building and operating cryogenic and micro-LNG plants and distribution equipment, and ENN Canada, which is developing LNG refueling infrastructure across the country, brings expertise in the construction and operation of LNG/LCNG stations and provides assistance in acquiring and transitioning to natural gas vehicles.
Lack of infrastructure is one of the major challenges associated with the development of the LNG fueling market. In order for our customers to make the switch to natural gas, they need certainty of an uninterrupted supply of LNG to fuel their equipment. These two LNG liquefaction plants, along with the specialized distribution equipment and planned retail fueling stations, will ensure that supply, which in turn will promote and facilitate the widespread usage of LNG in Western Canada.—Dick Brown, CEO of Ferus Natural Gas Fuels
Both facilities will initially be built to produce 100,000 US gallons per day of LNG, with the ability to expand as demand grows. Site selection will be determined within six months, and construction will be initiated immediately afterward. First product is expected early in 2016.
As Operator, Ferus Natural Gas Fuels is responsible for the design, engineering, construction, operation, and marketing and sales of both facilities. ENN Canada has committed to a significant amount of the LNG produced at these plants for its planned fueling stations.
Ferus Natural Gas Fuels is also an equal partner in Eagle LNG Partners, a consortium dedicated to building out LNG infrastructure across the United States.
ENN Canada is a wholly owned subsidiary of ENN Group, a global leader in alternative energy solutions and one of the largest natural gas distributors in China. ENN Group employs more than 33,000 employees and operates over 200 subsidiaries worldwide. Currently ENN owns and operates over 150 LNG fueling stations in China and US (under the brand name BLU).
By the end of 2013, ENN Canada plans to open five mobile fuel stations, three in BC and two in Ontario.