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First LNG-fuelled ship in China's waterways

LNG-powered vessel successfully completes test navigation in Yangtze River.



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Updated on 09 Aug 2010 07:10 GMT

China Natural Gas, Inc., a leading provider of compressed natural gas (CNG) for vehicular fuel and pipeline natural gas for industrial, commercial, and residential use in Xi'an, China, has announced that a ship powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) and modified by the company successfully completed its test navigation in Wuhan on August 3rd, 2010.

The historic event is said to be the first time an LNG-powered ship has navigated in China's domestic waterways.

The company succeeded in fueling a tugboat weighing over 300 tonnes with LNG for Wuhan Ferry Company.

The ship now runs on a fuel formula of 30 percent diesel and 70 percent natural gas, representing significant energy and cost savings.

The chairman of the board & CEO of the company, Mr. Qinan Ji, proudly commented, "This achievement is a big step in the history of China's new energy industry and will contribute to environmental protection and reduce energy consumption. The marketing of LNG-powered ships will be implemented on a full scale in the forthcoming years. Our fully owned subsidiary, Hubei Xilan Natural Gas, Ltd., will cooperate with the Wuhan Ferry Company in the passenger transport business to explore further applications for this revolutionary kind of vessel. We expect to achieve extensive coverage with our LNG-powered ships along the Yangtze River."

Mr. Qin'an Ji further commented, "This latest success proves that advanced dual-fuel hybrid power technology for ships is an economical, reliable, and energy-saving environmental technology. Ship modification engineering is a leading technology in China, and we plan to apply for the appropriate patents in ship modification. This technology will strengthen our competitiveness to an unprecedented level. As we fully embrace China's national campaign for energy saving, emission reduction, low-carbon waterways, and green navigation, the Company will benefit from being on the leading edge of the nation's shift toward clean energy sources."






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