Barcelona-based HAM Group has opened the first natural gas fueling station in Extremadura, a western Spanish region bordering Portugal. The new service station, open 24/7 and all year, is set up to supply compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) to trucks and vehicles.
The station is located in Merida, at exit 341 of the A-5 or Southwest motorway, also known as the Extremadura highway, one of the six radial highways that can be found in Spain. The strategically significant location provides access to CNG and LNG fuel for vehicles travelling between Madrid and Lisbon, the capital of Portugal. In addition, the route of the A-5 unites the autonomous communities of Madrid, Castilla-La Mancha and Extremadura. It should also be noted that the gas station is on the vertical axis that represents the A66, which runs from north to south of Extremadura, and that links Seville with Oviedo.
After being one of the first companies to provide LNG for industrial use in Extremadura, HAM considers the vehicular gas sector in this autonomous community as a future commitment. The company began by installing a mobile LNG unit and followed up with the first fixed station of CNG and LNG.
The new service station is equipped with a double compressed natural gas (CNG) pump, for light vehicles and trucks, and a double liquefied natural gas (LNG) pump for trucks. The innovative dual-fuel system of LNG and CNG, designed and manufactured by HAM, allows two vehicles to be refuelled at the same time from a single pump.
Including the Mérida facility, HAM currently has 30 stations in the national territory and the rest of Europe. This confirms the commitment to compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) as an alternative, efficient, clean and sustainable fuel that minimizes the negative impact on the environment, reducing the emission of nitrogen oxides, fine particles and sulfur oxides, which affect air quality. In addition, the use of natural gas as fuel, allows savings between 30-50%, with respect to the use of fossil fuels derived from oil, which have a higher rate of contamination.
HAM Group opened its first liquefied natural gas (LNG) service station in 2000 and currently have the largest experience in Europe in the vehicular LNG sector, in addition to commercializing the largest volume of liquefied natural gas for vehicular use.