China Yuchai Starts Gas Engine Development Project
China Yuchai International Limited announced that its main operating subsidiary, Guangxi Yuchai Machinery Company Limited (GYMCL) has inaugurated a new project to develop and produce a full portfolio of natural gas powered engines to complement its existing suite of diesel engines.
Customers will be offered a greater choice of GYMCL’s engines to meet their needs, especially in the large bus, mid- to heavy-duty truck, power generator and marine engine markets.
In recent years, the policies of the Chinese government have encouraged energy conservation and emissions reduction. China’s 12th Five-Year Plan targets natural gas to make up 8.3% of the primary energy mix by 2015, which represents approximately 9.2 trillion cubic feet of gas, or more than three times the consumption in 2008. The major oil companies, China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), China Petrochemical Corporation (SINOPEC) and China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) are actively building pipelines and natural gas facilities to increase the use of natural gas. These firms currently operate five gas product facilities, have 10 plants under construction with another five gas facilities in the planning stages. Two pipelines linking western to eastern China are in operation with a third under construction which will provide approximately 72 billion cubic meters of natural gas into eastern China.
The 12th Five-Year Plan also calls for between 10%-20% of municipal buses and large trucks to be powered by gas by 2020. In the gas-rich areas of China, there are now 101 liquefied natural gas (LNG) filling stations with plans to expand to 380 stations by the end of 2012. In 2009, when the development of new alternative energy diesel engines by GYMCL was announced, sales of high-quality and reliable gas powered engines rose 287% between 2009 and 2011.
Under the new project, a new facility will be constructed at GYMCL’s main facility at Yulin City, Guangxi Province, for the production of natural gas engines. It is expected to be operational in early 2013 with a capacity to produce 20,000 gas engines for a wide range of vehicles. To strengthen GYMCL’s competitive position, the new facility will undertake research and development efforts to advance GYMCL’s production capabilities of gas engines. The intended distribution areas for the new gas engines will be the eastern coastal region and areas where natural gas is actively promoted.
Mr. Benny H. Goh, President of China Yuchai, commented, “With the completion of 2 major national natural gas pipelines from Western China to Eastern China’s more densely populated coastal areas and ongoing construction of a network of LNG receiving stations, the Chinese government continues to actively push for energy conservation and a cleaner environment. The demand for natural gas engines is expected to grow and in preparation for this growth, we have moved ahead with the construction of this facility to become a leader in this new dynamic market.”
“By leveraging our premier technology and research capabilities, stringent quality controls, large distribution and after-sales network in China, our highly reputable brand image, and close relationships with major vehicle OEMs, we intend to extend our presence into the high-end and more profitable gas engine markets to further expand our industry leadership,” Mr. Goh concluded.
LNG World News Staff, March 7, 2012