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Black Diamond award recognises LNG projects

LNG Industry,

The five Black Diamond Award finalists to be recognised at the World LNG Fuels conference at the end of January 2014 are:

  1. UPS's LNG-fuelled US highway truck fleet rollout
  2. Canadian National Railway's LNG-fuelled locomotive demonstrations
  3. Omya's Vermont LNG-fuelled quarry and calcium-carbonate operations
  4. Buquebus' LNG-fuelled fast ferry Francisco
  5. Noble Energy's DJ Basin, Colorado LNG fuel network.

Each of these projects is recognised as having achieved the highest standards across the following criteria:

  • Technological innovation
  • Project execution
  • Market impact
  • Risk taken.

The panel of judges includes:

  • John Hatley VP, Wärtsilä North America
  • Ray Latchem, CEO, Spectrum LNG
  • Kevin Beaty, VP, CALSTART
  • Koby Knight, VP, Clean Energy Fuels
  • Miguel Raimao, principal, Resonance Mode.

Chairman of the World LNG Fuels programme committee, Bob Nimocks, commented: "We're especially pleased such representatives as Juan Carlos Lopez Mena, owner of Buquebus, one of South America's leading transportation companies, will attend the conference. These projects are viewed as game changers for their sponsors. In many instances, the highest levels of management are involved in the closest details."

Buquebus, for example, set a world speed record for a commercial ship with its LNG-fuelled high-speed catamaran, reaching a top speed of 58.1 knots. The ship currently transports up to 1000 passengers and 150 cars between Montevideo, Uruguay, and Buenos Aires, Argentina, at cruising speeds around 50 knots.

The World LNG Fuels conference is the largest and oldest conference to focus on advancing markets for LNG as transportation fuel.

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