Tankterminal NV, owner and operator of tank cleaning facilities, has opened its inaugural manned LNG filling station for trucks in Lokeren, Belgium today. The new LNG filling station, the third in Belgium, is equipped with a storage capacity of 73m³ and currently has the largest LNG buffer in the Benelux region for a total of four LNG dispensers.
This first manned ‘multi-fuel’ LNG filling station (LNG + diesel + AdBlue + red gas oil) is strategically located along the E17 highway, which is the main corridor between the Netherlands and France via the A16-E19 (Rotterdam-Antwerp) and A1-E17 (Paris-Lille-Ghent) highways.
Liquefied Natural Gas is considered to be an attractive, ecological and economical alternative for diesel in heavy transport applications and long distance transport. Switching to LNG significantly reduces emissions of particulate matter, SOx, NOx and CO2. A CO2 reduction of 10 to 20% can be achieved compared to diesel. In fact, when bio-LNG is used, the CO2 reduction can even exceed 90%.
That is why Tankterminal decided to invest in LNG for trucks at its filling station in Lokeren. The ‘multi-card’ LNG filling station is designed for four LNG dispensers and it also has the option to offer LCNG (Compressed Natural Gas from LNG) in the future.
LIQAL Construction and Management
The new LNG filling station at Tankterminal was built by LIQAL from Breda. The station ensures unlimited shelf life of LNG in the storage tank. This is achieved via a BTU (Boil-off gas Treatment Unit or micro liquefaction), without the use of liquid nitrogen. Tankterminal can offer the end users both cold (3-4 bar) and saturated (7-8 bar) LNG in addition to existing fuels. This allows the ‘multi-fuel’ LNG filling station to provide all truck brands on the market (like Volvo, Iveco and Scania) with LNG under optimal conditions. LIQAL will remain responsible for the technical management and maintenance of the LNG filling station.
Refuelling at the new LNG filling station is possible with the Romac Fuels card for LNG, and with Tankterminal’s own fuel card for LNG, diesel and AdBlue. Additional fuel cards will be added soon. The following payment cards are also accepted: DKV, UTA, Maestro, MasterCard and Visa.
Tankterminal NV owns and operates tank cleaning facilities, including filling stations in Lokeren and Ghent and also in Meer (Unidet nv).
Source: LIQAL B.V. – a member of NGVA Europe and associate member of NGV Global