Saturday, August 7, 2010

China Natural Gas Power a Ship

XI'AN, ChinaAug. 6 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- China Natural Gas, Inc. ("China Natural Gas" or the "Company") (Nasdaq GM: CHNG), a leading provider of compressed natural gas (CNG) for vehicular fuel and pipeline natural gas for industrial, commercial, and residential use in Xi'an, China, announced today that a ship powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) and modified by the Company successfully completed its test navigation in Wuhan on August 3rd, 2010. The historic event is the first time an LNG-powered ship has navigated in China's domestic waterways, demonstrating that LNG can be used both in cars and ships as a transportation fuel.
The Company succeeded in fueling a tugboat weighing over 300 tons with LNG for Wuhan Ferry Company. The ship now runs on a fuel formula of 30% diesel and 70% natural gas, representing significant energy and cost savings.
The Chairman of the board & CEO of the company, Mr. Qinan Ji, proudly commented, "This achievement is a big step in the history of China's new energy industry and will contribute to environmental protection and reduce energy consumption. The marketing of LNG-powered ships will be implemented on a full scale in the forthcoming years. Our fully owned subsidiary, Hubei Xilan Natural Gas, Ltd., will cooperate with the Wuhan Ferry Company in the passenger transport business to explore further applications for this revolutionary kind of vessel. We expect to achieve extensive coverage with our LNG-powered ships along the Yangtze River."
Mr. Qin'an Ji further commented, "This latest success proves that advanced dual-fuel hybrid power technology for ships is an economical, reliable, and energy-saving environmental technology. Ship modification engineering is a leading technology inChina, and we plan to apply for the appropriate patents in ship modification. This technology will strengthen our competitiveness to an unprecedented level. As we fully embrace China's national campaign for energy saving, emission reduction, low-carbon waterways, and green navigation, the Company will benefit from being on the leading edge of the nation's shift toward clean energy sources."
About China Natural Gas, Inc.
China Natural Gas transports and sells natural gas to vehicular fueling terminals, as well as commercial, industrial and residential customers through its distribution networks in China's Shaanxi and Henan Provinces. The Company owns approximately 120 km of high-pressure pipelines and operates 25 CNG fueling stations in Shaanxi Province and 12 CNG fueling stations in Henan Province. China Natural Gas' four primary business lines include: (1) the distribution and sale of CNG through Company-owned CNG fueling stations for hybrid (natural gas/gasoline) powered vehicles; (2) the installation, distribution and sale of piped natural gas to residential, commercial and industrial customers through Company-owned pipelines; (3) the distribution and sale of gasoline through Company-owned CNG fueling stations for hybrid (natural gas/gasoline) powered vehicles; and (4) the conversion of gasoline- fueled vehicles to hybrid (natural gas/gasoline) powered vehicles through its auto conversion division.
Forward-Looking Statements
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For more information, please contact:

    China Natural Gas Inc.
     Jackie Shi
     IR Director
     Tel:   +86-29-8832-3325 x922
     Cell:  +86-139-9287-9998

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