Westport Innovations and ENE Move to Next Step for LNG-Fueled Mine Trucks

A mine truck Westport Innovations and Energy Developments Limited (ENE) of Queensland, Australia, have completed the initial feasibility study (earlier post) and are now moving into the next phase of program and business planning for liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered mine trucks. The program involves the application of Westport’s proprietary... Read more →


Port of Los Angeles Shifts Toward Natural Gas, Electricity and Alternative Fuels to Reduce Emissions

The ports of LA and Long Beach are the busiest on the West Coast and third in the world. The Port of Los Angeles is planning a major shift in purchasing road haul trucks and in-port cargo handling equipment that run on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), Compressed Natural Gas (CNG),... Read more →


First US LNG Terminal Tractors to Operate at Port of Los Angeles

Kalmar LNG yard tractor Yusen Terminals Inc. (YTI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tokyo-based NYK Line, is putting LNG-fueled yard tractors into service at its terminal in the Port of Los Angeles, becoming the first US marine terminal operator to use the fuel for vehicles. Built by Kalmar Industries and powered... Read more →


San Francisco to Pilot Wesport Next-Gen LNG for Heavy-Duty Trucks

NorCal’s First-Generation HPDI LNG trucks The City of San Francisco and Norcal Waste Systems Inc., the city’s refuse collection, recycling and transfer company, will deploy and demonstrate Westport’s second-generation High Pressure Direct Injection (HPDI) LNG technology for heavy-duty trucks in a pilot program through 2011. This will mark the first... Read more →


Westport Proposing Ambitious Beijing-Qingdao Heavy-Duty LNG Project

The Beijing-Qingdao Green Corridor Westport Innovations is proposing a Green Corridor project running between Beijing and Qingdao in China that would demonstrate the feasibility and advantages of liquefied natural gas (LNG) for heavy-duty vehicles, and leave behind the largest fleet of heavy-duty (not urban transit) natural gas vehicles in the... Read more →


Westport Innovations Forms LNG Tank JV with Beijing Tianhai

Cross-section through a double-walled LNG tank with integrated pump. Westport Innovations has signed a Letter of Intent to form a 50:50 joint venture company with Beijing Tianhai Industry Co. Ltd. (BTIC) of China to market and sell liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel tanks for the transportation market. The fuel storage... Read more →


Ports of LA and Long Beach Replace Harbor Locomotives with Clean-Diesel, LNG and Hybrid

The Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles and Pacific Harbor Line (PHL) have tentatively agreed to launch a $23-million program to replace the aging fleet of 18 harbor locomotives with clean-diesel, alternative-fuel and hybrid locomotives. Under the pact, PHL would replace aging diesel locomotives—some more than 50 years old—with... Read more →


Westport HPDI-LNG Trucks in One-Year “Clean Air Corridor” Demo

Five heavy-duty trucks equipped with Westport Innovations’ High-Pressure Direct-Injection (HPDI) technology and fueled by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) are beginning a one-year demonstration project along Canada’s busy Highway 401. Challenger Motor Freight will operate five new Volvo trucks equipped with 15-liter, 450-hp Cummins ISX engines equipped with Westport’s HPDI-LNG technology... Read more →


Sidenote on Appropriations Bill: Federal Control of LNG Terminal Sites

Congress embedded a provision in the omnibus spending bill that gives support to the federal government over the states when it comes to siting Liquefied Natural Gas terminals. On March 24, 2004, FERC issued a declaratory order asserting exclusive jurisdiction over the approval and siting of liquefied natural gas (LNG)... Read more →


China Forges Major Energy Ties with Iran

AFP. China is making many large-scale investments with energy producers around the world. One of the most recent is a $70 Billion oilfield and LNG (liquefied natural gas) agreement with Iran. Under a memorandum of understanding signed Thursday, China’s second-largest oil firm, Sinopec Group, will buy 250 million tons of... Read more →