Shell has opened its first Belgian LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) station in Herstal, Liège. Catering to trucks, the station is located near the three-border point at the E313, a key route for international road freight. The new station has a capacity of 3.5 KT of LNG and can supply 150 trucks with LNG daily. Shell now has 8 LNG filling stations in Europe with plans for more.
“LNG fuel is an important option for transport companies,” says Laurent Charlot, Commercial Director, Shell Belgium. “Shell is committed to thriving throughout the energy transition and LNG will play an increasing role in the energy mix. We expect demand for LNG to grow and continue to work with truck manufacturers, customers and policymakers to promote the use of LNG as a cleaner-burning and more affordable transport fuel. The station in Herstal is an important step in the further expansion of our network of LNG stations in Europe.”
Shell sees a mosaic of fuels and engines developing for road transport and believes LNG has a significant role to play as a solution for heavy-duty vehicles. Road transport companies are increasingly choosing LNG fuel as it offers both financial and environmental benefits in comparison to conventional diesel. It is cleaner-burning than diesel and produces less sulfur, particulates and nitrogen oxides. Moreover, it also contributes to reducing noise pollution and can help lower CO2 emissions.
Heavy-duty road transport accounts for around 5 per cent of the vehicles on EU roads but generates nearly a quarter of emissions according to Bruegel, a Brussels think tank
Shell already has 7 LNG stations in the Netherlands (Rotterdam, Waalwijk, Amsterdam, Pijnacker, Waddinxveen, Eindhoven and Heerenveen) and intends to open further LNG stations in Europe over the next 12 months. Shell opened its first LNG station worldwide in Calgary, Canada in 2013.
Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) is a clear, colorless and non-toxic liquid which forms when natural gas is cooled to -162ºC. The cooling process shrinks the volume of the gas 600 times, making it easier and safer to store and transport.
In December 2017, RedStar – a joint venture between Shell and Shaanxi Yanchang Group Company – opened an LNG retail site in Shaan’Xi, northwest China. China is currently the largest market in the world for LNG in road transport, with more than 200,000 heavy-duty trucks and buses using LNG.
The new station is located at Rue de Hermée 201, 4040 Herstal, Belgium.