Research consortium BioLNG EuroNet has announced plans to expand LNG infrastructure across Europe with investment in LNG trucks, refuelling stations and a BioLNG production plant.
The consortium, which includes Shell, DISA, Scania, IVECO, CNH Industrial Capital Europe and Nordsol, has proposed a new “pan-European network”, spanning operations in Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland and Spain.
“LNG is an increasingly affordable fuel for heavy goods vehicles which will make it an important energy source as the transport sector evolves,” Istvάn Kapitάny, Executive Vice President for Shell Retail, said.
“Shell is committed to offering our customers more lower carbon energy and the new LNG Retail stations are a vital piece of the puzzle. I look forward to seeing this important network of stations welcome European customers in the years to come.”
39 new LNG stations
In total, the BioLNG EuroNet partners expect to deliver 39 LNG fuelling stations and an additional 2,000 LNG-powered trucks as well as constructing a production plant in the Netherlands.
“The project’s funding will enable us to help our customers convert their fleets to LNG through competitive IVECO Capital finance & leasing plans, increasing the number of natural gas vehicles on European roads and making progress towards a sustainable transport industry,” Pierre Lahutte, president at truck manufacturer IVECO, commented.
The stations will be located approximately every 400 km along core road network corridors from Spain to eastern Poland.
3,000 MTPA capacity
A key focus of investment will be the development of a plant capable of producing 3,000 tonnes of liquefied biogas per year. Running on organic waste, the plant will then sell BioLNG back to end-users via the LNG network, creating
“This project opens the possibility for a seamless transition to a circular economy approach based on generating energy from waste. This makes even negative GHG emissions and carbon sequestration possible,” Lahutte added.
Developer Nordsol will build and operate the BioLNG facility together with biogas production partners using patented technologies and supported by the financial backing of the consortium
Unlocking BioLNG will enable LNG as the future energy source for the large transport sector… Our BioLNG concept is built around this mission and we look forward to rollout this expansion with the consortium partners,” Jerom van Roosmalen, founding partner at Nordsol, said.