First Shell LNG retail station opens in Germany
By Mark Salisbury
Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 08:51
Shell has opened a Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) Retail station for truck refuelling in Hamburg, Germany, to continue Shell’s diverse fuel offering.
The new LNG station is located in the south of Hamburg at Georgswerder Bogen near the Hamburg Süd motorway interchange and not far from the Hamburg Süd motorway triangle. This is an important refueling spot for freight transport near the Hamburg Port.
LNG offers significant advantages by way of CO2 emissions and air pollutants when compared with diesel. Virtually no particulate matter is produced, and fuel costs tend to be lower as well as less noise being generated by the engine.
“We are driving the diversification of our fuel portfolio through the development of an LNG station network in Germany to offer customers cleaner burning energy solutions that can help reduce emissions”, said Dr. Thomas Zengerly, Country Chairman, Shell Germany. “With a capacity of almost 30 tons, more than 200 trucks per day can be refueled with LNG at this site. We will continue to work with truck manufacturers, customers and policymakers to promote the use of LNG as a cleaner-burning and more affordable transport fuel.”
Today, around 5,000 LNG trucks from the manufacturers Iveco, Scania and Volvo are already on the road in Europe. A significant increase is expected between now and 2030. This will be spurred by funding from the federal government. “LNG plays an important role in the fuel strategy of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. We are therefore pleased that Shell is engaged in building up the tank infrastructure,” said Guido Beermann, state secretary in the Federal Ministry for Transport and Digital Infrastructure at the inauguration in Hamburg.
Hamburg is the ninth Shell LNG station in northwest Europe. Seven sites are already open in the Netherlands and one site in Belgium.