Sales of renewable natural gas f(RNG) or transportation are surging in Estonia, reports AS Eesti Gaas (Estonia Gas). In June, the volume of sales of domestically produced green gas (compressed biomethane, CBM) at Estonian gas stations reached approximately 500 000 m³, 93 percent more than sales for May.
Green gas gained ground most actively in Pärnumaa, where a big part of public transport has started to use it. “The sales volumes at CNG (compressed natural gas) stations operated by Eesti Gaas show massive increase in the consumption of domestic green gas as well as drivers’ increasing interest in environmentally friendly and cost-efficient fuel,” noted Raul Kotov, board member of Eesti Gaas.
In June, Eesti Gaas sold a total of 488 100 m³ of green gas, while in the previous month the volume of sales amounted to 261 000 m³. Green gas produced in Estonia appeared in the market for the first time at the end of April of this year, and at present drivers can refuel their vehicles with it only at CNG stations operated by Eesti Gaas in Tallinn, Tartu, Narva and Pärnu.
“In the light of consumption in the first months and increased demand we can estimate that the sales of green gas and compressed natural gas will continue to grow also in the coming months. One of the primary arguments for consumers, in addition to environmental friendliness, is obviously a better price of this fuel,” said Kotov.
From 1 July, one kilogram of green gas at CNG stations operated by Eesti Gas costs 0.899 euros, and one kilogram of CNG costs 0.859 euros (about USD 1.01), about half the price of regular fuel.
Green gas is produced from biodegradable waste, waste water and sludge, agricultural waste and biomass of various origins. Green gas can be purchased in its pure form or mixed with natural gas. As the composition and quality of green gas are equivalent to natural gas, either can be used for the car. In June the sales volume of natural gas amounted to 179 300 m³ at the stations operated by Eesti Gaas.
New CNG Station is Viljandi
Last week, Eesti Gas commenced construction of a new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) filling station in Viljandi, to be opened to customers in the fall. Customer will also be able to select biomethane or green gas.
At the gas station in Viljandi Planeedi Street, two refueling bunkers will serve customers, each with two refueling dispensers, one for passenger cars and one for buses. The construction of the service station will cost Eesti Gas more than EUR 0.5 million. Other new stations are planned for Jõhvi and Rakvere.
The company currently operates eight filling stations.
Source: Eesti Gas
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