Methane Energy Ltd, known locally as Metanorka, has built three compressed natural gas (CNG) filling stations in Iceland’s capital city of Reykjavik in just over twelve months: two for Olis and one for Skeljungur (formerly Shell), both fuel station operators. Today there are approximately 2,000 vehicles operating on biomethane (renewable natural gas) in Iceland, a mix of vehicle conversions and OEM models produced by the likes of Mercedes and Volkswagen.
Metanorka, an engineering and consultation company, is a subsidiary of Íslenska Gámafélagið, the biggest waste management company in Iceland. All natural gas used for transportation is generated from waste and trucked in 8 special transportation units developed by Metanorka. Sister company Vélamiðstöðin is owner of over 500 trucks, cars and machinery including natural gas vehicles and runs the only CNG car conversion workshop in Iceland.
Íslenska Gámafélagið operates 11 Mercedes Econic NGT and 2 Renault Premium Garbage trucks on natural gas.
At the moment the landfill in Reykjavik can supply enough biomethane to fuel 3-4,000 cars. Plans are currently being developed to build a gas production plant to process organic waste from Reykjavik households, expected to be operating within 3 years. At that time the city will stop using the landfill. With the new gas production they could supply gas for around 8,000 cars. Reykjavik has a population of 120,000 people (and over 200,000 in the Greater Reykjavík Area).
Assistant Managing Director for Vélamiðstöðin, Sigurður Ástgeirsson, explained to NGV Global News that there are other resources available that could also be used to generate gas for transportation, with the potential to fuel approximately 15,000 vehicles with biomethane.
- Alfabakki – 37 kw station delivered to Olis from Westport SICOM, opened June 2013
- Alfheimar – 22 kw station delivered to Olis from Westport SICOM, opened April 2014
- Miklabraut – 37 kw station delivered to Skeljungur from Safe srl with Dresser Wayne dispenser, opened August 2014
- Bildshofdi – operated by N1 and built in 2001.