Estonia’s largest CNG (compressed natural gas) filling station with 48 refuelling units will be opened this week in the eastern city of Tartu, to serve the city’s new public transportation fleet of CNG-powered buses. The station is operated by Estonian energy company AS Alexela and will refuel buses of the Go Bus transport company.
The natural gas-powered buses are considerably cleaner than diesel buses and the fuel is almost two times cheaper. “Our aim is to start selling only domestic biomethane, i.e. green gas in the filling station,” Chairman of the Alexela Management Board Aivo Adamson said.
Estonia’s largest CNG filling station is located on the territory of the old Tartu Bus Company at Ringtee 25. There will be 42 units for slow refuelling for buses, and three units for gas-powered cars in the section of the station open for the public. “This is the first ever filling station with such capacity and capability in this part of the world,” Adamson maintained.
All 64 new buses serving the urban network will be refuelling at the new station. The section open for the public can be used by the transport companies of the Tartu region and private individuals.
This is the fifth filling station in Estonia where Alexela offers CNG for refuelling. Alexela is an Estonian company active mainly in the energy business and has been awarded the title of Culture Friend by the Ministry of Culture.