TOTAL will build and operate the largest station in France exclusively dedicated to Natural Gas for Vehicles (CNG) and bio-CNG. Awarded at the end of the tender launched by Sigeif Mobilités, this concession will be located in the heart of the logistics platform of the port of Gennevilliers (Hauts-de-Seine).
At the heart of changes in the energy sector in Île-de-France, this station will become a strategic point of refueling for transport and logistics professionals. It will notably be accessible to all bank card holders and Total and AS24 fuel cards. Gennevilliers is the second largest river port in Europe, an important delivery terminal for semi-finished non-perishable freight from lower-Seine (via Le Havre) and also for heavy materials carried by the French canal system.
To date, CNG remains the only alternative clean fuel that meets the current economic and operational constraints of transport and mobility professionals in France. Intended for trucks and open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, this station will have four lanes exclusively dedicated to natural gas fuel.
In keeping with its ambition to become a responsible energy major, TOTAL has also pledged to Sigeif Mobilités that a minimum of 10% of the total volume of CNG marketed on the Gennevilliers station be renewable natural gas (RNG).
Development will begin in the fall, with delivery scheduled for spring 2019. Construction will be carried out by TOTAL, who will rely on its subsidiary Pitpoint (the third largest distributor of NGV in Europe) for the design of the station’s compression and storage components, as well as its know-how in technical operation. TOTAL will be awarded a 10-year operating concession covering the marketing and maintenance of the site.
In European terminology, Natural Gas for Vehicles (NGV) is the name that groups natural gas fuels: Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). CNG covers all uses of mobility: it is particularly suitable for city buses or dumpsters, and offers a range of about 550 km to heavy goods vehicles. LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) is suitable for heavy goods vehicles operating very long distances.
“The Total Group is actively contributing to the development of the CNG and bio-NGV sector in Europe via its network of TOTAL and AS 24 service stations,” said Benoît Luc, Europe Director of Total’s Marketing & Services Division. “We are the only NGV operator present simultaneously in the major European markets of France, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. We are determined to reach our goal of 350 CNG stations in Europe by 2022, including 110 stations in France. This development in Gennevilliers will integrate directly into our strategic network of territories, for the greater benefit of our customers and local communities.”
The qualities of CNG
NGV is a fossil energy known to be among the most virtuous. NGV technologies are less noisy (50% less noise emissions than diesel) and have low emissions of particulate matter and nitrogen oxides (NOx). They meet the latest Euro VI emission standards for heavy goods vehicles. Moreover, vehicles running on NGV can affix the Crit’Air 1 sticker which gives access to restricted traffic zones set up in certain French agglomerations.
SEM Sigeif Mobilités
SEM Sigeif Mobilités, with a capital of 5,000,000 euros, is currently held by seven shareholders: the Sigeif (Syndicat intercommunal pour le gas et l’électricité in Île-de-France), the Caisse des Dépôts, the regional council Ile-de-France, GRTgaz Development, Syctom (Metropolitan Agency for Household Waste), Siaap (Interdepartmental Syndicate for the Sanitation of the Paris Metropolitan Area), and Siom (Syndicat intercommunal des garbage in the Vallée de Chevreuse).
Total and NGV
The Group already has a network of around 500 CNG stations around the world. In terms of CNG, Total is present in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Egypt and Pakistan. As for LNG, the Group commissioned its first station in Belgium in 2015, near the port of Antwerp, and continues its development in Western Europe.
Total’s target market: the transport sector in Europe, where Total will be able to rely on its current network of more than 9,000 stations, including TOTAL and AS24, for professionals and individuals. Priority will be given to accelerating development in countries where the Group is already present in natural gas fuel for vehicles (Germany, Benelux, France).