Dutch company Rolande has opened the first of five compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) filling stations in Germany.
The new station in the city of Ulm is equipped for the use of bio-LNG. Before the end of 2020, Rolande aims to open stations with partners in Dortmund, Duisburg, Grasdorf, Lubeck and Ziesar - further expansion is planned for 2021.
The plant is a 24/7 self-serve petrol station with two LNG pumps and two CNG pumps with capacities guaranteeing “swift fuelling” without long waiting times. The station has a daily capacity for up to 150 vehicles and large driveways designed for heavy-duty trucks. Rolande said it supports transport companies that want to switch to high-caloric CNG, LNG or bio-LNG and is also already working on building an infrastructure for the production and use of bio-LNG for trucks.
Jolon van der Schuit, CEO of Rolande, said: “LNG must be available for all trucks – also in Germany. We believe that LNG not only makes transport more environmentally-friendly but, at the same time, also more profitable. And everyone should get something out of that.
“This is why we want to supply all customers in Germany with the cleanest and most efficient deployable fuel of this time: LNG! We are not only building filling stations for this but are also organising the entire sales and marketing chain from import to nationwide full-area coverage with the offer. In doing so, we continuously develop new concepts for a future nationwide offer in Germany and other European countries.
“We also provide our entire competence of many years to our customers. This applies to both the sustainable handling of resources as well as the economically-optimal use of LNG.”
“Our aim as a logistics company is to significantly reduce our CO2 footprint – this initiative is also well received by our customers,” said Norbert Fehn, CEO of freight forwarded Pflaum. “The operation of vehicles running on natural gas has been problem-free so far and the drivers’ response has been positive across the board after initial reservations.
“To increase our fleet of LNG/CNG-fuelled trucks further, the filling station network must be urgently expanded further. The LNG infrastructure is not functional at this time than to be able to use the trucks flexibly.
“The organisation of an independent LNG fuelling network by Rolande is an important step to ensure the full coverage supply at traffic hubs. We hope that we can be on the road 100% CO2-neutral in the future with bio-LNG.”