Through the BESTWay Project, an infrastructure initiative between Spain and France which is co-financed by the European Union’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), Gas Natural Fenosa reports having completed 70% of a natural gas refuelling corridor from Algeciras, one of Europe’s largest ports, to Paris. The project’s goal is to support the widespread roll-out of natural gas as an alternative fuel.
Formally entitled Boosting Energy Sustainable fuels for freight Transport in European motorWays (BESTWay), Gas Natural Fenosa has managed to complete 70% of the Atlantic Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Corridor linking Paris and Algeciras via nine refuelling points. The corridor will link with other European sustainable mobility corridors.
This latest progress on the BESTWay project was made possible by the opening of one of the gas refuelling points in Jaen, about 325 kms north of Algeciras, which is highly significant due to the strategic location of this town in terms of freight haulage. Over the coming months, the two remaining service stations will be launched to complete the BESTWay Project (in Madrid and Jerez).
Some of the new features and technological advantages of BESTWay are:
- A major breakthrough in processes to identify and roll out value added services for transport companies, as well as improved logistics, quality and safety in CNG/LNG refuelling operations.
- It helps to implement new and feasible solutions for standardising and regulating the various European rules.
- It ensures inter-user operability at the service stations, such as the payment systems and operational and safety procedures.
- It fosters such factors as user identification at the pump (smart dispenser) for payment systems and loyalty, as well as station motorisation and control, streamlined operation, improved energy efficiency and support for maintenance.
- Design of a driver training and accreditation system to improve safety measures in LNG refuelling.
At a conference marking the opening of the station at Jaen, experts from the sector examined the advantages of using natural gas as both a real solution for more sustainable mobility and an alternative way to improve air quality and reduce pollution.
Mª Ángeles Herranz, Long Distance Product Manager at Scania Ibérica, said that “transport is going through an important period of change and the key to that change over the coming years is sustainability. Natural gas, and mainly renewable gas, is one of the main options for the decades ahead, either exclusively or in combination with other alternative technologies”.
In turn, José María Chamizo, Natural Gas Business Development Manager at IVECO España, offered his outlook on the subject by talking about the commitment to CNG/LNG vehicles and the extensive range of sustainable vehicles offered by the company he works for. José María Chamizo said that “IVECO, as a pioneer in natural gas technology and with its recent product launches, has taken a major step forward by enriching its product range. This represents a breakthrough in our current energy transition process, of which the company I represent is proud to form part”.
Nere De Achurra, Commercial Manager of Volvo Trucks, explained her company’s commitment to looking after the environment and the benefits of LNG as a fuel. She said, “with these trucks, CO2 emissions are reduced by 20% and by 100% with biogas”. Volvo is the only truck manufacturer offering an LNG engine based on diesel technology. “For transport operations with a heavy payload and high average speed, such as regional and long-distance heavy transport, you need a high engine torque and strong power. This enables the trucks to meet the level of performance desired by any driver”, she said.
The conference also included a hands-on exhibition of vehicles and trucks powered by vehicular natural gas.
Vehicular Natural Gas
Natural gas is a real alternative that is helping to improve our oil dependence in all mobility sectors. GAS NATURAL FENOSA is the leading Spanish company in gas mobility services.
Vehicular natural gas is a real alternative that is helping to improve air quality in our cities, given that it cuts nitrogen oxide and suspended particles emissions, the main pollutants impacting human health, by more than 85% and 100%, respectively, and CO2, the main greenhouse gas, by 30%. Moreover, natural gas engines produce up to 50% less noise emission and vibration than diesel engines.
Beyond the environmental benefits, natural gas is a very competitive fuel from an economic point of view when compared with diesel and petrol, with savings of between 25% and 50% depending on the solution chosen.
Moreover, according to the Spanish Environmental Impact Assessment Association (EIA), proven reserves of conventional and non-conventional natural gas will last for 250 years, and in this sense its long-term availability is guaranteed.
Vehicular natural gas is experiencing exponential growth. In the last 10 years, the fleet of vehicles using this fuel has grown sixfold, and increased by 27% in the last year alone.
To support this expansion of natural gas vehicles, Gas Natural Fenosa is currently leading two projects: the aforementioned BESTWay Project; and the ECO GATE Project to build more than 20 gas refuelling stations along the Atlantic and Mediterranean Corridors of the road networks in Spain, France, Germany and Portugal. Furthermore, the multinational power company recently announced that it plans to double its number of refuelling stations between now and the end of 2018 to almost 100 gas refuelling stations throughout the country.
Source: Gas Natural Fenosa
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