PitPoint.LNG will build Germany’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering station in the harbour of Cologne. The new station will facilitate the bunkering of LNG powered inland waterways vessels that sail on Europe’s busiest transport waterway, the Rhine.
The construction of the bunkering station is a next step in PitPoint.LNG’s strategy to develop a European LNG infrastructure to facilitate the uptake of LNG as fuel for road and marine transport.
The company says LNG is considered one of the most promising alternative fuels for the transition towards cleaner transport by shipping. LNG combustion is cleaner than diesel combustion, improves the local air quality (less health damage caused by particulate matter/soot or NOx) and reduces CO2 emission. LNG powered vessels help ship owners and operators meet emission standards set for shipping without requiring additional exhaust after treatment systems.
When operations get underway mid 2018, this LNG bunkering station will also bunker LNG for the inland dual-fuel barges that Shell Western LNG B.V. (Shell) has chartered. For this purpose, Shell and PitPoint.LNG have signed a long-term agreement.
“We are very pleased to start with the realization of this LNG bunkering station and to have Shell as a key launching customer. Enabling companies such as Shell to transport and deliver their goods in a cleaner and more environmental friendly way supports PitPoint’s mission to realize 100% clean transport in 2030″, said Jan Willem Drijver, Managing Director at PitPoint.LNG.
Lauran Wetemans, Shell’s General Manager Downstream LNG, said: ”Together with the infrastructure developed in Rotterdam, this station will expand the availability of LNG fuel for customers on the Rhine – Europe’s key inland waterway. We look forward to working with PitPoint.LNG to make this a reality.”
PitPoint LNG strategy
As a system integrator, PitPoint.LNG designs, builds, finances, maintains, and operates LNG refueling infrastructures, making LNG affordable and available. The realization of LNG bunkering stations falls within PitPoint.LNG’s strategic objective to develop an LNG infrastructure for trucks and shipping. This LNG bunkering station will be the first shore-to-ship LNG bunkering station of Germany and the first one to serve the busiest transport waterway of Europe (Rhine). Within Europe, Rhine countries account for 84% of goods transport on inland waterway.
PitPoint.LNG is a joint venture formed by PitPoint clean fuels and Primagaz Nederland BV. PitPoint.LNG focus entirely on the realization and exploitation of a LNG infrastructure for the automotive and marine market.