S.C. Denisson Energy S.R.L, an authorized distributor of automotive fuel in Romania and part of Antares Group, will create the first network of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) filling stations for vehicles in the country, along the European transport corridors. The EUR 5.2 million (USD 5.5 m) is supported by non-repayable funding from the European Commission’s Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) to the extent of EUR 4.4m.
Antares Group president Dumitru Becsenescu, also president of the Association of Producers and Users of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG Romania) says that given the drastic reduction in particulate emissions and the substantial fuel cost savings available from using natural gas as a vehicle fuel, there is good reason for Antarres to be confident the development of Romania’s natural gas vehicle future.
Nine CNG fuelling stations will be constructed for vehicles along the TEN-T core network corridors in Romania. Rhine-Danube corridor stations will be located at Arad, Bucharest, Constanta, Deva, Pitesti, Sibiu and Timisoara. Orient-East Med corridor stations are planned for Craiova and Drobeta Turnu-Severin.
A year after the inauguration of the first station public in Romania, located in Ramnicu Valcea where Antares Group is headquartered, the company says it will continue to invest in the creation of a national network that allows users to travel anywhere in the country and Europe.
Antares has also purchased 20 140hp CNG buses from the Iveco distributor in Czech Republic. The Iveco Stratos minibuses measure 7.8 metres and can seat 29 plus driver. The buses have CNG fuel capacity to enable 470 km round trips. The Group says the incremental cost of selecting CNG buses will be fully recovered in 6 years from fuel cost savings.
Antares Group is a member of NGVA Europe and associate member of NGV Global.
(Source: Antares Group)