Shell has recently opened its 30th LNG fueling station for trucks in Germany, as it looks to meet the growing demand for the fuel in the country’s transport sector. The new German LNG station is located in Barbing, Bavaria. It strengthens the supply of LNG as truck fuel in south eastern Germany but also freight traffic to Austria, according to Shell Germany.
It can supply up to 200 LNG-powered trucks per day. In addition, Shell has also teamed up with German giant BMW and logistics firm Elflein for the purchase of 100 tons of bio-LNG. This is enough for Elflein to supply four trucks with bio-LNG for a year.
Shell is building what it says is the largest bio-LNG production plant in Germany at its Rheinland refinery near the German city of Cologne. Once online next year, the facility will have the capacity to produce 100,000 tons of bio-LNG per year.
The quantities produced in the plant can cover the annual needs of around 4000 to 5000 LNG-powered trucks, opening up the possibility of saving up to a million tons of CO2 per year compared to conventional diesel trucks, according to Shell.
Germany is already the leading country in Europe with 134 LNG filling station for trucks. Europe currently has in total 576 LNG filling stations and owners are increasingly offering bio-LNG at these stations, according to NGVA Europe.