Just a few weeks after opening its third Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) truck refuelling station in the Netherlands Shell has officially opened its fourth. The latest station is located in Pijnacker, on the premises of Albert Heijn, one of the largest Dutch supermarket chains and will be utilised to refuel delivery trucks that supply products to them.
“LNG can be a good choice for truck owners and more are making the switch to LNG,” said Lauran Wetemans, Shell’s General Manager Downstream LNG. “It is great to see Albert Heijn’s drive for cleaner fuel options and work with transport companies to encourage the use of LNG. Shell is expanding the network of LNG refuelling sites that offer a single card solution to customers. As the market develops, we will continue to invest in LNG for transport infrastructure development.”
The new station is a result of the close collaboration between Shell and Albert Heijn to increase the use of LNG fuel by heavy-duty road customers operating in residential areas.
Trucks with LNG fuelled spark-ignited engines produce less noise in comparison to combustion engines running on diesel. Hence, when noise restrictions apply, LNG-fuelled trucks can be allowed to operate longer, for example delivering to supermarkets in residential areas. LNG is also cleaner than diesel in terms of sulphur, particulates and nitrogen oxides, and can help reduce well-to-wheel greenhouse gas emissions.
Cees van Vliet, Albert Heijn’s Director Shops & Distribution, noted, “Our strategy is to reduce the hindrance of our operations to people living next to our supermarkets, where noise level is a very important factor. With LNG trucks, we can also deliver our goods at night when there is less traffic, improving road safety around our shops.”
The new station in Pijnacker has a capacity of 70,000 litres of LNG, enough to fuel 200 trucks per day. The station has already refuelled over 650 Albert Heijn delivery trucks to date. Customers that supply products to Albert Heijn can use the euroShell card for their fuel transactions, which offers a secure and efficient way to buy fuels and access a range of services, providing convenience in day to day operations.
From 1st of October 2015, Shell has access to import and storage capacity in the Gas Access to Europe Terminal (Gate), enabling the company to supply its own LNG to marine and road customers in northwest Europe. Shell will supply the LNG fuel for its truck refuelling network in the Netherlands from here. This position supports Shell’s commitment as the launching customer of the new, dedicated ‘break bulk’ LNG terminal being built at the port of Rotterdam by Gate.