Another link in Europe’s growing network of liquefied natural gas corridors will soon be completed when a new LNG station opens for business in Berlin, the first public refuelling facility for LNG in Germany. Part of the LNG Blue Corridor project, the station will be located in the SoNoR Corridor, which runs from the South of Europe (Spain) to Sweden in the North.
As stated in LNG Blue Corridor’s October newsletter, this new station is likely to be the first of several to be built in the coming years as Germany and neighbouring look to build up a network of LNG refilling facilities. Currently there is a LNG filling private station located in Ulm and a mobile LNG refueller that serves fleet operators in Bremen, en route to Scandinavia.
The LNG Blue Corridors project’s aim is to establish LNG as a real alternative for medium & long distance transport – first as a complementary fuel and later as an adequate substitute for diesel.
Thanks to German logistics company Ludwig Meyer GmbH & Co. KG (Meyer Logistics), the Berlin LNG station will refuel 20 new 400HP Iveco Stralis LNG trucks. The Meyer fleet will provide additional data about vehicle performance and GPS location on this new route, and represents a first step towards using a real alternative to diesel for freight transportation in Germany.
At the handover of the first two LNG-fuelled trucks to Meyer Logistics at IAA Hanover this year, Rainer Bomba, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, said: “LNG is a promising alternative to conventional fuel. Funded by the BMVI pilot project with Meyer Logistics, this deal is an important contribution in the field of new and clean drives for heavy trucks and LNG as a fuel source in Germany.”
The LNG Blue Corridors newsletter says interest in developing the LNG network in Germany to open up new routes to northern and eastern European countries is growing. When Member States unveil their national plans on 18 November 2016 to support the implementation of the Directive on Alternative Fuels Infrastructure, Germany is expected to highlight targets and objects to further develop the LNG infrastructure, making it a key market for the fuel.
(Source: LNG Blue Corridors)