How IGL plans to sell LNG and CNG Vehicles in Jamaica

“IGL will introduce the first LNG-powered vehicles to Jamaica, a move which forms part of the company’s strategic plan to reduce its carbon footprint and widen its commitment to creating a safer environment”

IGL in a media advisory about their plans to sell LNG Vehicles

IGL Ltd has plans to shake up the Energy Dynamic in Jamaica. They plan to introduce the first LNG (liquefied natural gas) powered vehicles to Jamaica.

The launch of these LNG Vehicles will officially take place on Wednesday April 4, 2018 at 5:00 pm at the Formal Gardens Devon in St Andrew. The Keynote address will be delivered by Minister of Science, Energy, and Technology Dr Andrew Wheatley ad other speakers will include:

  • General Manager for IGL, Wayne Kirkpatrick
  • Founder and Chairman of New Fortress Energy, Wes Edens

This form a part of the company’s plan to:

  • Reduce its carbon footprint
  • Widen its commitment to creating a safer environment

So what exactly is LNG? And how is it related to CNG?

IGL and the LNG Vehicles – LNG and CNG is great for Heavy-Duty Vehicles

CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) is a natural gas .e. methane, ethane, butane and propane fuel that has been compressed to less than 1% of its volume at s.t.p. (standard temperature and pressure) which is 0°C Celcius at 1 Atm, 101.3kPa or 760 mmHg of pressure. LNG is just CNG in a liquified form.

B3N904 Liquid Gas Tanker Mraweh on the Elbe leaving the Port of Hamburg.. Image shot 10/2001. Exact date unknown.

Both are different forms of Natural Gas that are naturally odourless, colourless and is inexpensive to produce and store. It’s a lot like LPG (Liquid Petroleum Gas) or butane that is used in cooking Gas cylinders; liquid with some evaporated gas fuel at the top.

Good to note here that the LPG (Liquid Petroleum Gas) used in cooking Gas cylinders is a form of CNG, just that it is mainly composed of butane; this means that CNG packs more energy per cubic meter.

This readiness to be liquid and convert to a gas makes ideal for numerous large vehicles such as:

  • Refuse trucks
  • Buses
  • Shuttles Buses
  • Taxis
  • Heavy-duty trucks

The liquid readily converts to gas at r.t.p (room temperature and pressure) which is 20°C at 1 Atm, 101.3kPa or 760 mmHg of pressure. This means special storage cylinders for the fuel is required. The fact that it gasifies so easily means it burns more cleanly and evenly in a typical vehicle combustion chamber.

It also does not need to be filtered, making it excellent for cars…..and SUV’s……

But why is IGL partnering with New Fortress on a vehicle venture when clearly the motor vehicle market is slowing down in Jamaica? And is it really more environmentally friendly?

IGL goes into LNG Vehicles sales – SUV conversions to LNG and CNG coming

Clearly, they plan to become the sellers of a unique class of vehicles that run on LNG Gas that most likely only the wealthy can afford.

Word on the street also hints at them doing SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle) conversions from Diesel to LPG for the wealthy who have with loads of cash and can afford it. But this has a nice advantage, as IGL, the distributor of Cooking Gas, hopes to pioneer environmental conscious among the wealthy while still maintaining their status.

Also, they may be aiming their Motor vehicles at owners of large fleets who want a cheaper alternative to diesel that’s easier to maintain. That means Buses, Taxis, Refuse trucks and Heavy-duty trucks and even vehicles that transport food and products.



Chariots powered using the same gas that JUTC plans to use to power their fleet by December 2018 and the rest of Industry in Jamaica: IGL is just trying to get in on that market as well, to quote IGL: “For more than four decades, IGL has been Jamaica’s leading distributor of LPG and the primary manufacturer and distributor of industrial and medical gases serving a range of industries”.

Stay tuned for more as IGL goes into LNG Vehicles sales and SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle) conversions to LNG and CNG.


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