Barcelona-based HAM Group, the Port of Barcelona and retail fuel supplier GALP have collaborated to open the first gas filling station of Spain’s state port system. The station is set up to supply vehicles with liquefied (LNG) and compressed (CNG) natural gas.
The new infrastructure is described by HAM as a key facility to promote the use of natural gas as an alternative fuel for land transport of goods. The offical opening was attended by the Marketing and Strategy manager of HAM Group, Antoni Murugó Solé; the president of the Port of Barcelona, Mercè Conesa; the Environmental manager of the Port, Jordi Vila; the commercial manager of Gas & Power of GALP, Fernando Martín-Nieto Vaquero.
The gas station is the result of an agreement between HAM, in charge of the construction and operation of the LNG station, and GALP, which has carried out the improvement of the facilities. In addition, its construction has been financed by European funds, through the CHAMeleon project, aimed at developing the gas supply infrastructure for vehicular fuel in the Barcelona-Slovenia land corridor. The new facility has two CNG pumps for trucks and vehicles, two LNG pumps for trucks and a cryogenic LNG tank of 60 m3 capacity.
The commissioning of this infrastructure is part of the Port of Barcelona’s Air Quality Improvement Plan, which aims to effectively reduce emissions from port activity. “This gas station is proof of the strong will of the Port of Barcelona to promote the use of an alternative, clean and sustainable fuel such as natural gas, which significantly reduces nitrogen oxide emissions and completely eliminates fine particles and oxides of sulfur”, said Mercè Conesa.
In the port area it is estimated that around 2,200 trucks transport goods to and from various destinations in and through the Port’s catchment. Currently, more than 60 trucks are powered by natural gas, either with dedicated engines (that work exclusively with gas) or with dual-fuel engines (which combine the use of diesel and natural gas). Of these, 26 trucks were transformed into the dual-fuel system thanks to the RePort project, led and coordinated by the Port of Barcelona with the support of ACCIÓ.
The natural gas station is added to the 21 stations operated by HAM and confirms the company’s commitment to the environment and to LNG as a fuel for heavy transport, explained Antoni Murugó Solé.
“This gas station is a key element to guarantee the supply of natural gas to the trucks operating in the Port area, to promote the use of this alternative fuel and, ultimately, to improve the quality of the air we breathe”, stressed Conesa.