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10% LNG fuel target for inland shipping by 2020

27 November 2013
The head of waterway transport department at the Ministry of Transport, Song Dexing, said that China aims to increase liquefied natural gas consumption to 10 per cent of all fuels used on inland vessels by 2020. This has been written in the ministry’s Guideline for Promoting the Use of LNG in Waterborne Transport.

One of the first targets of its kind in the world, he was quoted as saying, the guideline is a road map for developing LNG as a fuel for China’s shipping industry for the next seven to 10 years. The government will take a cautious approach, starting with pilot projects before rolling them out, experimenting in the rivers first before the near sea and ocean. Vessels carrying general cargo will be targeted first, followed by those carrying passengers and dangerous cargo.

The priority before 2015 is to establish standards via pilot schemes under way in the provinces of Jiangsu, Anhui, Jiangxi, Hubei, Shandong and Guangxi. All of these involve conversion from diesel to LNG. So far, no new river barges have been built that only use LNG as a fuel.

     
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