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Shell, GE, Clean Energy Fuels to Build LNG Fuel Station for Cargo Ships

cargo shipShell, General Electric and Clean Energy Fuels will begin construction next year on the US’ first fuel station for liquefied natural gas-fueled cargo ships in Jacksonville, Fla., Bloomberg reports.

GE tells the news agency the companies are evaluating five locations and says the US will need between 50 and 100 small-scale LNG plants for ships, trains, mining and trucks by 2025. Each plant is expected to cost $50 million to $150 million.

Strict new emissions regulations and plentiful natural gas are driving ship owners to switch from oil-based products to LNG.

Bloomberg reports the global fleet of 42 LNG-powered ships will almost triple by next year and increase 42-fold to almost 1,800 vessels by 2020, according to DNV GL, the largest company certifying the merchant fleet for safety.

In October, Clean Energy Fuels became the first company to commercially distribute a renewable natural gas vehicle fuel made from waste streams such as landfills, large dairies and sewage plants directly to fleets around the country and at 35 public Clean Energy stations throughout California.

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