On Friday, November 4, Italian integrated energy company Eni S.p.A. inaugurated its second liquefied natural gas (LNG) filling station in Italy, adding further to the network of stations being built as part of Europe’s LNG Blue Corridors Project. A new Iveco Stralia NP was on hand to demonstrate the ease of refueling an LNG-powered heavy duty vehicle.
The station was inaugurated on November 4 in Pontedera, located on the SGC highway that connects Florence, Pisa and Livorno. Built by HAM for Eni, the station serves both CNG and LNG.
Eni’s first LNG filling station is located near Eni’s plant in Piacenza, in the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy. The city is roughly midway between Milan and Bologna on one of Italy’s most important road transport routes (Route E35/A1). It was opened in April 2014. Altogether there are now five LNG filling stations in the country.
The LNG Blue Corridors Project aims to set up a network of liquefied natural gas filling stations crossing Europe from North to South and East to West.
Methane in a liquid state allows a vehicle to store about three times the energy content of an equal volume of compressed methane (CNG), thus guaranteeing not only important cost savings and less polluting emissions, but also high autonomy of the vehicle, with heavy duty trucks now able to travel 1,000 km and more without refueling (depending on load, terrain and conditions).
The new Iveco Stralis NP LNG, fitted with a 1,080 litre fuel tank, can extend the range to 1,500 kms. This vehicle features the new engine Iveco Cursor 9 Natural Power Euro VI, the first of its kind to offer the same power and torque of the diesel equivalent.
During his speech, Fabio Pellegrinelli, Gas Business Development Iveco Italian market, drew attention to the importance of this new strategic opening for many industry players with logistic bases adjacent to Pontedera, and for all transportation related to the major port areas of Livorno and La Spezia on Italy’s west coast. Pellegrinelli continued: “The New Stralis NP thanks to their high autonomy, sourcing this new Eni station, to be spread even more effectively the route of North-Central-South Italian connection on the Tyrrhenian side. The new station confirms and supports the growing demand for sustainable transport, an essential requirement today, towards which Iveco has been focused for over 20 years.”