ADPO Group, terminal operator at the Port of Antwerp, has opened Belgium’s first LNG (liquefied natural gas) terminal in Waaslandhaven, in Kallo. Up until now LNG has not been used in Belgium as a fuel for trucks. Adpo has purchased ten LNG trucks and has plans to replace all fifty trucks in its fleet with LNG-fueled vehicles, taking advantage of the 25% reduced fuel cost while delivering cleaner performance.
Diesel per 100 kilometers will cost EUR 36.4 (USD 49.7), while it is EUR 27 (USD 36.8) for LNG.
According to a study by the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO), when compared with diesel LNG is 90% less environmentally harmful through reduced emissions of particulate matter, CO2 and nitrogen. The trucks would also make less noise.
“There is a trend amongst our customers for their transportation contracts to not only focus on price but also sustainability issues,” says managing director of ADPO Filip De Dijcker. “We want to reduce our carbon footprint and therefore already buy ten new trucks. In the future, we want to replace all fifty trucks.”
The ten hybrid trucks cost ADPO EUR 1.2 million (USD 1.64 m), but the company sees a payback period of four years. In addition, it expects that the offering of LNG transportation will also attract new customers.
The station is located on the grounds of ADPO, but is operated by LNG Drive. The station cost more than EUR 1 million.
(Source: Port of Antwerp)