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tuesday, 22. September 2015
A total of 14 projects dedicated to creating an infrastructure for natural gas as a fuel for road transport along the core Ten-T network of the EU, have been awarded approximately 65 million euros funding under the 2014 call for proposals under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) of the European Union.
The projects all mainly support the creation of an infrastructure of LNG and L-CNG refuelling stations along the Ten-T network and contribute as such to the construction of a pan-European infrastructure for natural gas, as foreseen in the Directive Alternative Fuels Infrastructure (DAFI). Projects include the study and development of refuelling networks in Finland, Sweden, Poland, France, Spain, Hungary, The Netherlands and the UK, all along the major European corridors.
Three projects also involve the production and distribution of (liquefied) biomethane. NGVA member ENN received funding for the installation of ten modular LNG stations in the UK and The Netherlands, involving the production and distribution of biomethane as well. In France a project was approved establishing six LNG refuelling stations dedicated to trucks and with a specific focus on large chain stores, including the installation of a biomethane production unit at a waste water treatment plant. And in Germany funding was received for a small scale plant in the port of Bremen to produce biogas for all modes of transport.
A relatively large scale project by Unilever is a study on LNG transport over long distance routes on the Atlantic, North Sea -Mediterranean and Rhine Alpine Core Network Corridors. It entails the pilot deployment of 5 LNG stations located at the crossing of the corridors. A fleet of 125 LNG powered trucks will be involved in the trial. The project will provide business models both for logistic service providers and for cargo owners. It will also contribute to the standardisation of LNG refuelling procedures
In Hungary a “PAN-LNG Project” was awarded funding, applied by MGKKE (the Hungarian association for NGV’s), with support and permission of the Hungarian Government. The main goal of the project is a long term study on how to implement a LNG and LCNG refuelling infrastructure network and how to supply LNG in the affordable way to be competitive with diesel, as well securing competiveness for the local fleet owners. The project will analyse today’s level of regulation and prepare the required regulatory and supporting frameworks for the regulatory bodies for the most effective spread of the NGV’s in the future.
The PAN-LNG Project will have a pilot project as well: the establishment of 5 LNG/LCNG refuelling stations on the three Ten-T corridors which are going through Hungary (Mediterranean, Rhine-Danube, Orient/East-Med Corridors), and also providing refuelling solutions for the Baltic-Adria Corridors, on the Hungarian border.
Through the publicly accessible filling stations, the corridors are going to be almost fully accessible from Western Europe to Hungary and a bit further even by early 2017, much earlier than required by the DAFI. Hungary will become fully operable for LNG vehicles and deliveries will be possible up to 250-300 kilometers into the country, crossing the borders in all direction.
The main objective of the Connecting Europe Facility for the transport sector, as set out by the TEN-T Guidelines, is to help complete a core European transport network by 2030. To achieve this a total of 24 billion euros has been made available for projects on the Trans-European Transport Network for the period 2014 to 2020. From this budget €11.3 billion is reserved for projects in the Member States which are eligible for support under the Cohesion Fund.http://www.ngvaeurope.eu/natural-gas-refuelling-infrastructure-receives-ample-support-from-eu