European consortium to spur uptake of LNG as transport fuel
A consortium named BioLNG EuroNet, comprising Shell, Disa, Scania, Osomo and Iveco has been formed to support the expansion the use of LNG as fuel for road transport in Europe.
The consortium committed to developing new infrastructure across Europe aiming to ensure the long-term success and mass-scale adoption.
According to a joint statement, each member will deliver separate activities that will see 2,000 more LNG trucks on the road, 39 LNG fuelling stations and the construction of a BioLNG production plant in the Netherlands.
The LNG retail stations will form part of a pan-European network and be built in Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland and Spain.
The stations will be located approximately every 400 km along core road network corridors from Spain to Eastern Poland, the statement reads.
The bioLNG facility will produce 3000 MT/year of BioLNG and will use biomethane produced from waste.
“This program covers filling stations, biofuel production and subsidies which are all necessary for progressive customers to invest in the trucks, despite the extra initial cost,” Jonas Nordh, director sustainable transport solutions, Scania, said.
The consortium added that 2,000 new LNG heavy goods vehicles will be leased to end users.
Each BioLNG EuroNet consortium member will receive 20 percent funding from the EU towards the cost of their commitments under the connecting Europe facility (CEF) for the transport sector.