Total to open 200 natural gas stations in Europe

French oil giant Total has officially inaugurated its first natural gas fueling station in France, at Nantes and plans to open over 200 such outlets across Europe.

The move is aimed at introducing natural gas fuel for trucks and transporters in France, said the company in a statement.

Natural gas fuel is an alternative fuel primarily used by trucks and transporters of materials or goods, such as garbage trucks, and passengers, such as buses.

As part of its expansion strategy for European region, Total will open another 15 stations this year, followed by an additional 10 every year.

The aim is to create a network of 110 outlets - either Total or AS24, the Group affiliate specialised in marketing fuel to truckers and transporters - supplying natural gas fuel in France, said the French oil giant in a statement.

“As part of the energy transition, natural gas could become the fuel of the future for road transportation,” remarked Momar Nguer, the president, Total Marketing & Services.

“Total is a global gas player present across the value chain; we want to promote its development, especially for the truckers and transporters we serve. To support this aim, we are expanding our network of fueling stations retailing natural gas fuel,” stated Nguer.

Total already has a network of 450 natural gas fueling stations worldwide. The group markets compressed natural gas (CNG) in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Egypt, Pakistan and now in France.

It opened its first liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueling station in 2015, in Belgium, near the port of Antwerp.

Total said it will continue the deployment of a dense enough network to meet the needs of its customers.

The group plans to open more than 200 natural gas fueling stations, including 110 in France. Its target market is the transportation sector in Europe, where it could leverage its existing network of more than 9,000 retail outlets for businesses and consumers.

The priorities will be accelerating growth in markets where Total is already active in natural gas fuel (Germany and the Benelux countries) and further expansion in France, where demand is expected to grow in response to the requirements of the EU directive of October 22, 2014 on the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure.

For nearly 30 years, Total affiliate AS24 has specialised in marketing fuel to transporters. With a Europe-wide network of service stations for trucks and a commitment to simplifying the business of transporters, AS24 is a leading EU marketer of diesel on the road.

AS24 offers transporters integrated solutions for all their fuel and toll requirements