The first Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) -powered truck has this week loaded a trailer with LNG at the Gate terminal in Rotterdam. LNG power moving LNG fuel adds a new dimension to alternative fuel transportation for trucks and ships. After considerable effort to update and adjust legislation, LNG trucks are now compliant with ADR and regulation at terminals.
Rolande, a European market leader on the LNG market for trucks, used an IVECO Stralis NP400 to transport the heavy trailer. Rolande, the transport company Chr. Vermeer Transport and Gate terminal are happy with this first loading. Till now it was practically impossible to transport LNG with an LNG fuelled truck. The three companies show that there are no restrictions anymore for ADR (International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road) transport companies to make the transition to LNG trucks.
LNG is the most eco-friendly alternative for diesel in the transportation sector and is considered to be one of the most promising alternative fuels for the transition to clean transport.
LNG-driven trucks produce less noise and have lower emissions of PM, NOx and CO2. Bio-LNG is LNG that is produced from 100% waste, manure or sludge. Bio-LNG results in minimal CO2 emissions and in some cases it will be even possible to achieve a “carbon positive” result.
Gate (Gas Access To Europe) terminal is an LNG import terminal from N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie (Gasunie) and Koninklijke Vopak N.V. (Vopak). The terminal consist of three storage tanks, two jetties and a process area where the LNG will be regassified. Each tank will have a capacity of 180,000 m3. The terminal started its commercial operations as of September 2011.
Rolande and LNG
Rolande owns eight LNG fuel stations in The Netherlands and has plans to expand their network in Western Europe. The mission of Rolande is t0 provide the cleanest, economically viable fuel to transport companies. Currently, Rolande announced that the production of Bio-LNG will be scaled up with the support of an European CEF grant.