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Germany: Shell’s First LNG Station Is Kicked Off

Germany: Shell’s First LNG Station Is Kicked Off

Shell is undertaking the construction of an LNG infrastructure for heavy-duty traffic in the country, with the roll out of its first LNG fuel station for trucks in Hamburg.

Shell hopes to contribute to making this alternative, low-emission propulsion technology a breakthrough, and relieve the environment on the roads, inspite of heightened increase in freight traffic.

The new station is an important tanker spot for goods traffic in, from and to the Port of Hamburg, being located in the immediate vicinity of the motorway junctions in the south of Hamburg. The Shell fuel station of the partner, Autogrill underwent extensive renovation and extended by a modern Burger King restaurant. The service station offers four additional lanes for refueling with Truck Diesel and AdBlue as well as the other common Shell fuels, in addition to the two brand new LNG refueling lanes. More than 200 trucks will be refueled with LNG every day from October onwards, bearing a capacity of almost 30 tonnes.

Shell's head in Germany, Dr. Thomas Zengerly, said, "We are driving the diversification of our fuel portfolio and building an LNG station network with a view to the global goal of limiting emissions in the transport sector as well and offering customers cleaner and more economical energy solutions."

Consequent to Shell’s continued expansion of its European network, Hamburg is the ninth station in north-western Europe –with seven already in the Netherlands and one in Belgium. Others will swiftly; for instance, up to four additional stations in Germany in the next 18 months.

Around 20% of energy-related CO2 emissions in Germany are contributed by the transport sector. Heavy-duty traffic in the longer term requires more powerful, long-range combustion engines, while electromobility can help reduce emissions in passenger cars and vans. In terms of CO2 emissions and air pollutants compared to diesel, the operation with cryogenic, liquefied natural gas (LNG) offers significant advantages. advantages for freight forwarders include better exhaust emissions, lower fuel costs, and moreover, LNG-powered trucks are significantly quieter depending on the engine.

IVECO, SCANIA and VOLVO together have around 5000 lorries in Europe that are operated with LNG. A significant increase is expected by 2030. Guido Beermann, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure at the inauguration in Hamburg, said, "LNG plays an important role in the fuel strategy of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. We are therefore pleased that Shell is committed to building the tank infrastructure."

Jens Kerstan, Senator for Environment and Energy of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg: "LNG can be a building block for less exhaust fumes and better air in Hamburg. I am very pleased that the first public fuel station for liquid gas in Germany is here in Hamburg. As a city, we are already at the forefront of e-mobility, and we want to do so with other environmentally friendly drives and fuels.” PWKD26092018

Last modified onFriday, 28 September 2018 11:25
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