China has become the second largest importer of LNG
In 2017, China became the second largest import of liquefied natural gas (LNG), surpassing South Korea, but falling behind Japan.
Last year, China imported 38.1mn tonnes of LNG, growing approximately 50% more than what the nation imported in 2016.
South Korea, imported 37.6mn tonnes of the natural gas, whilst Japan more than doubled the rate at 83.6mn tonnes.
However, China is forecast to outrun Japan, becoming the leading importer in the world, by 2030.
The success was due to the massive push by the Chinese government to diversify its fuel, in a bid to reduce air pollution.
Between January and July last year, the country’s air pollution exacerbated, with 12 cities in the north of the nation noting a 11.3% rise in harmful particles in the air.
To battle this, the government has suggested that manufacturing plants in Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, and Henan replace coal boilers for one powered by LNG.
Currently, 60% of China’s energy consumption is powered by coal, with natural gas only supplying to 6%.
The government aims to cut coal to supplying 49% or less to the nation’s total consumption, and more than doubling natural gas’ role to 15%.
Protium Green Solutions targets Scotland hydrogen potential
Protium Green Solutions (Protium), a leading UK-based green hydrogen energy services company, has expanded its UK footprint with the opening of Protium Scotland, led by newly appointed Jon Clipsham as Chief Commercial Officer.
Following a year of "significant growth" for the London-based firm, Protium’s activity across the green hydrogen space continues to demonstrate the viability of green hydrogen for businesses accelerating their net zero strategies and its CAPEX totals more than £1 billion for projects across aviation, road transport, alcoholic manufacturing and food & beverage sectors.
Protium’s Scotland presence has been established to support its growing projects in the region, with three clients currently based in Scotland and additional projects in the pipeline. Clipsham will lead Protium’s client engagement team across all UK regions, further supporting existing clients’ decarbonisation efforts across its accelerating projects.
Clipsham has been hired to spearhead the Scotland-based office, bringing with him over 30 years’ experience having spent more than 25 years in the chemicals industry and more than five years in the green hydrogen space.
Previously he developed and led many of the projects which have driven the growth of the green hydrogen eco-system in Orkney, and he also plays an influential role in shaping Scotland’s hydrogen policies and regulation, as a Board member of the Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (SHFCA). He also holds various lecturing positions at notable Scottish universities and educational institutes (covering hydrogen and renewable energy).
Clipsham said he is fully aligned with Protium’s mission of taking action and delivering change while policy and industry catches up. "I look forward to working with the team and its clients in supporting the national energy transition and am proud to be joining forces with other experts in the field who share the same vision," he said.
Chris Jackson, CEO of Protium, said: “We can see first-hand how the appetite for green hydrogen is increasing so leveraging Jon’s expertise and technical capabilities will be instrumental in delivering the best result for our clients - I am confident we’ll be able to demonstrate how green hydrogen is an exciting solution for these organisations overhauling their decarbonisation efforts.
“As we approach the second year of the business this milestone marks an important step for Protium as our client portfolio continues to grow, government support steadily increases and as UK-brands explore sustainable energy alternatives.”
With Protium’s senior leadership team holding external decision-making roles in relevant hydrogen Associations and Institutions, together Clipsham with Jackson, and Head of Policy and Innovation, Jen Baxter, the team will play an influential role in championing hydrogen and its place in the green economy. Jackson is currently the Chairman of the UK’s Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Association and Baxter is on the Board of Industry Wales.
The Hydrogen Map lists the following projects in Scotland: Big Hit (phase 2); Acorn Aberdeenshire (Blue Hydrogen); Hydrogen Bus Project (Aberdeen); Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre; and Levenmouth Community Energy project.