The nationwide supply of LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) for trucks and inland waterway vessels in Germany is picking up speed. With a new allocation of funds from the EU Commission’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) funding program in the amount of just under EUR 3.3 M (USD 4.03 M), Berlin-based Liquind 24/7 GmbH starts with the construction of ten other LNG locations.
In total, the project to significantly improve the LNG distribution network infrastructure amounts to EUR 16.4 million (USD 20.03 M) euros. New terminals are being built along important European transport corridors, including in the metropolitan areas of Hamburg, Berlin, Frankfurt and along Germany’s most important waterways. The refueling stations and cargo handling hubs in Duisburg and Mannheim, which are already being planned, are expected to start operating at the end of 2018.
The central aim of Liquind has always been – even without a legal indication, such as the current judgment of the Leipzig Administrative Court on driving bans – to provide the transport sector with a marketable, economically reasonable and immediately available alternative fuel to diesel in the context of a clever, user-friendly distribution infrastructure. This infrastructure consists of multimodal distribution terminals at inland ports and refueling stations for trucks (gas stations) and inland waterway vessels (bunkers).
The use of LNG as fuel reduces emissions significantly. The CO2 pollution of the environment caused by heavy goods traffic can also be reduced by up to 100 percent by blending with Bio-LNG or synthetically produced LNG.
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