Dutch alternative fuels supplier OrangeGas has confirmed its intentions to become a major European player by purchasing thirteen Compressed Natural Gas filling stations in Germany. Initially, OrangeGas will operate in North-Rhine Westphalia and will later seek to establish a presence in other German states.
According to a report published by Gibgas, (a German consulting company for “CNG Natural Gas and Biomethane Driving”), OrangeGas has a big picture for it’s future: “We have every confidence that we will be able to grow to 100 – 150 CNG filling stations in Germany over the next 2-3 years,” said Wijtze Bakker, the new Managing Director Germany. He has indicated that 30 – 50 stations are already in the pipeline.
Orangegas operates more than automatic filling stations across the Netherlands and Benelux where it sells ‘green gas’, a mix of natural gas and renewable biomethane harvested from sewage treatment, organic waste and landfill gas. Gibgas has indicated that beyond Germany, Belgium, Sweden and the UK are also on the OrangeGas agenda. Additionally, the company is aspiring to introduce hydrogen fuel.
The Volkswagen Group said at the end of 2016 that natural gas vehicle technology is one of two pillars of focus for the German automaker, which is expected to stimulate the natural gas vehicle market throughout Europe and beyond.