Further development in the use of compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel for vehicles has been assured through a memorandum between the Czech Republic’s eastern administrative region of Moravia-Silesia (MSR) and energy company RWE. The agreement was marked by the opening of RWE’s 17th CNG filling station, in Ostrava, the capital of the region.
“The Silesian region has long been struggling with high levels of air pollution. Therefore we are looking for all sorts of ways to improve this situation. Greater use of CNG in road transport is one of the activities within the building concept SMART Moravian-Silesian Region. We also contribute to the development of clean mobility throughout the Czech Republic,” said Miroslav Novak, Governor of the Region.
The memorandum calls for comprehensive support of both parties regarding the use of CNG in transport. This includes selection of sites in the MSR for the installation of CNG filling stations, provision of CNG vehicles and supporting the development of CNG infrastructure.
The new CNG filling stations is located on a Benzina station site and is fitted with fast-fill dispensers and NGV1 nozzles, ensuring filling time is virtually the same as for conventional refueling. Operating hours are from 5AM to 10PM. CNG is priced at CZK 24.90 per kilogram of CNG (USD 1.04).
The number of CNG stations in the Czech Republic increased in comparison with the previous year by almost half; currently there are 122 stations including 12 in the MSR. In its press release, RWE says there are approximatelely 15,00 natural gas vehicles operating in the country at present and growing by “hundreds every month”.
On October 1, the RWE energy group changes its name and logo to Innogy, becoming part of the new Volkswagen Group under that same name. A further eight Innogy CNG stations are planned for opening in 2016.
(Source: RWE Energy)