The Mayor of Madrid, Ana Botella, and Gas Natural Fenosa president, Salvador Gabarró, have inaugurated in the Madrid neighborhood of San Blas a compressed natural gas (CNG) station for vehicles, the fifth in Madrid managed by the company.
The new public-access CNG station is set up for self-service, supplying natural gas at a pressure of 200 bar, and is accessible 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
The infrastructure, which has received an investment of EUR 690k (USD 933k), is designed to supply the equivalent of 220 light vehicles daily (12.5 GWh / year). Most of the current demand derives from operators of CNG taxis.
The new station has been built as a compact module; the smaller size allows for ease of integration with the urban environment. The station has two dispensers, allowing two vehicles to refuel simultaneously, as well as auxiliary payment, monitoring and telemetry systems.
The station at San Blas, built with the cooperation of the Madrid City Council, is one of four planned for the city this year, the others being planned for the districts of Vicálvaro, Villaverde and Moncloa-Aravaca.
Currently, there are 40 public natural gas filling stations in Spain, of which 23 are managed by Gas Natural Fenosa. Strong collaboration between the gas supplier and Municipal Transport Company (EMT) in recent years has resulted in growth of the EMT natural gas fleet of buses to 790 units. Gas Natural Fenosa is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Sanchinarro EMT fueling station, which supplies 400 CNG buses – the largest supply station of this fuel in Europe.
The company is also developing a European LNG corridor for heavy transportation vehicles, in collaboration with the European Union.
The use of natural gas as a transportation fuel contributes to improving air quality, reducing by more than 85% the emissions of nitrogen oxides and particulate matter, major pollutants that affect human health, and to 20% CO2, the main greenhouse gas. In addition, a natural gas vehicle reduces up to 50% the noise generated by the motor.
(Source: Gas Natural Fenosa)