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LNG Blue Corridors Project progresses as first refuelling points open this April


friday, 14. March 2014

imageThe LNG Blue Corridors project, in which NGVA Europe participates, aims to improve knowledge and awareness of LNG as an alternative fuel for medium and long distance road transport. The mission is to establish LNG as a real alternative for transport - first as a complementary fuel and later as an adequate substitute for diesel.

To accomplish its objectives the initiative has defined a roadmap of LNG refuelling points along four corridors covering the Atlantic area, the Mediterranean region and connecting Europe’s South with the North and its West and East accordingly. In order to establish a sustainable transport network for Europe, the project has furthermore set the goal to build up a fleet of approximately 100 heavy duty vehicles powered by LNG.

Opening of first filling stations

By March 2014, 5 out of the 14 locations for new refuelling stations have been specified and on 29 April NGVA Europe member Eni will inaugurate the first station in Piacenza (Italy) covering the project’s Mediterranean Corridor. Eni's facility will be able to provide both LNG and CNG.

In the weeks to come, additional stations will be opened in Belgium (concretely in Kallo, Antwerpen) by Drivesystems, as well as in Örebro, Sweden, (South-North Corridor) by Energigas Sverige (The Swedish Gas Association). Further confirmed supply points will be located in Lisbon (Portugal) and Malaga (Spain) with the locations of the remaining facilities to be confirmed soon by the project consortium. A map showing existing (or under construction) LNG stations and potential ones can be seen below.

View map of LNG Blue Corridors in a larger map

Fleet of LNG-fuelled heavy duty vehicles

The project’s plans to connect 11 European countries by road using LNG trucks are ongoing and applications from fleet owners are currently being evaluated. During this procedure, different aspects have been discussed with future clients, such as the major routes carried out (both national and international) plus the potential future routes, number and models to be included in the LNG Blue Corridors, as well as estimations concerning the annual mileage per truck and their usual working weights, among other aspects.

The first two LNG heavy duty vehicles, property of association member Transportes Monfort, have already been co-funded by the LNG Blue Corridors recently. The intention is to present the results of the first performance in the weeks to come.

Fleet operators that want to be included in the LNG Blue Corridors project can still contact the project coordinator or NGVA Europe. Operators participating will receive up to €14,000 per eligible truck. In order to participate, trucks must have been purchased or leased after 1st May 2013.

About LNG Blue Corridors

LNG Blue Corridors unites and mobilises the critical mass of (industrial) partners and research institutes in LNG transport and infrastructure technology. The project also represents the first phase in the staged roll out of LNG refuelling stations and a broad market development for heavy duty vehicles running with liquefied natural gas. This option has large potential for contribution to achieve Europe’s policy objectives, i.e. the European Commission’s targets for green house gas reductions, air quality targets, reduction of the crude oil dependency and security of supply. The project will run for 4 years, connect over 12 Member States and will align itself with existing demonstrations running at national level.

The project is co-funded by the European Commission with the amount of 7.96 M€ (total investments amounting to 14.33 M€) in the context of the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), involving 27 partners from 11 countries, all members of NGVA Europe. The full list reads as follows (in alphabetical order):

Applus IDIADA GroupBallast Nedam IPM, Cloud Energy, Centro Ricerche FiatDrive Systems N.V, Energy Institute Hrvoje Pozar (EIHP), Eni S.p.A., ENOS LNGerdgas mobil GmbH, FLUXYS, Galp Power, Gasrec Ltd, Gas Natural FenosaGNVert-GDF SuezGoldEnergy, HAM CRIOGENICA, The Hardstaff Group, Iveco España S.L., Linde Industrial Gases/BOC, Mendyra, S.L., MONFORT LOGISTICA, S.L., NGVA EuropeThe Swedish Gas Association, VITOVolvo AB / Renault Trucks SASWestport.

Source: LNG Blue Corridors, NGVA Europe

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