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National LNG Platform event marks new step forwards for LNG as a fuel

The GATE terminal in Rotterdam, the Netherlands is the installation on which a long chain of connections may stem from in future; the LNG terminal will provide for increasing numbers of trucks, barges and ships in the Netherlands and beyond.

To give an idea of how extensive the network of consumers the GATE terminal could cater for, a single conventional LNG vessel carries 140,000 m3 of LNG, and the terminal can unload 180 such vessels annually. The terminal also can load 4,000 road tankers carrying LNG a year, each requiring 40m3 of LNG. Thus, two conventional LNG vessels can provide the GATE with sufficient fuel to issue forth a LNG road tanker every hour of the day all year long.

What material activity can all this fuel stimulate then? A truck fuelled by LNG uses 65m3 of LNG for one year, driving 100,000 km in that time. The arrival of one LNG vessel at the terminal, therefore, can supply 2,150 trucks for a year’s driving.

This is the message that has been picked up by Dutch supermarket retailer, Albert Heijn. On October 8th, 2014 at the TT circuit in Assen the retail chain came together with the Netherland’s National LNG Platform to highlight the capabilities of LNG-fueled vehicles. The National LNG platform is an organisation connecting government and business to promote LNG as a cleaner, greener, more people-friendly fuel.

The event demonstrated the lower noise levels, pulling power and design of trucks provided by suppliers Scania, Iveco, Volvo and Mercedes. Representatives of government, LNG suppliers, logistics companies and their clients (including Albert Heijn) were all present to witness these trucks undertake demonstration circuits of the famous TT track. Some representatives even took to the wheel themselves!

This event is symptomatic of the creeping, but ever growing move towards utilization of LNG as a fuel in the Netherlands. Peter Leegstraten of Albert Heijn stated his company see 2015 as the moment a key threshold will be reached in terms of LNG capacities, ensuring further expansion of this fuel is made far easier.

Robert Goevaers of the National LNG Platform has previously laid out just how ambitious the ‘Green Deal Rhine and Wadden’- an agreement between government and industry- is. By 2015, the ambition is for not just 500 trucks to be fuelled by LNG, but for 50 river-born and 50 maritime vessels to be operating on LNG fuel.

Article by Fraser Wallace

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