“These two orders have opened up the NGV market in Indonesia and allow our customers to take advantage of the same operational cost savings we have seen demonstrated in other areas of the world,” says Ragnar Holthe, Managing Director Automotive at Hexagon Raufoss.
Indonesia is fast adopting CNG as the alternative fuel to traditional fuel such as gasoline and diesel. The government is actively promoting its oil-to-gas campaign to support the plan to limit the amount of subsidized fuel used by private cars. Currently, the government is aiming to increase the number of natural gas refueling stations to over 30 stations across Indonesia by end of 2013 to support this campaign.
With 70% lower weight compared to a steel cylinder, the composite high-pressure cylinder allows the car manufacturer to compete with lower CO2 classification and higher fuel efficiency. Corrosion and fatigue become a thing of the past for fully composite type 4 cylinders. In consequence of avoiding the inconvenient and costly periodic retesting of the cylinder, the vehicle owner will achieve competitive life cycle cost as the major benefit.
According to the confidentiality agreement with the customers Hexagon Composites will not announce the name of the companies.
Source: Hexagon Composites ASA.