Newsletter December 2013
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Issue 01 
LNG Blue Corridors Project has already started!

LNG Blue Corridors Project has already started!

Last May, Brussels hosted the launch of the LNG Blue Corridors, a European project financed by the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) with the amount of 7.96 M€ (total investments amounting to 14.33 M€) and involving 27 partners from 11 countries. More than 70 participants attended the public session of the four-year project's kick-off event, which was held at the European Commission Centre A. Broschette. The day after, an internal Consortium meeting was held in the Catalonia Delegation building, which all project partners attended. These events emphasized the particular importance the project will have for the European LNG infrastructure in the coming years. Since the kickoff event, the project's description and goals have been presented at various different events within the Natural Gas field.

Core of the Project

Core of the Project

The project’s aim is to establish LNG as a real alternative for medium & long distance transport - first as a complementary fuel and later as an adequate substitute for diesel.

To accomplish this objective, the project has defined a roadmap of LNG refuelling points along four corridors covering the Atlantic area, the Mediterranean region and connecting Europe’s South with the North and its West and East accordingly. In order to implement a sustainable transport network for Europe, the project has set the goal of building approximately 14 new LNG stations, both permanent and mobile, at critical locations along the Blue Corridors while building up a fleet of approximately 100 Heavy Duty Vehicles powered by LNG.



The project is divided into 8 work packages. Each working group is focused on different fields depending on each partner’s expertise, such as fueling station technologies, vehicle regulations, engines technologies, and diagnostic tools. Periodically, documents called deliverables are handed in to the EU officers within each working package.

Relevant public deliverables will be available to readers via this newsletter.

Over the last months some documents have already been submitted. Some highlights among these are:

• The creation of the official website, which includes a map describing the planned location of each LNG fueling station and information about the current state of each one.
You can access the website via this link:
• A report about the technology used in European LNG/L-CNG refueling stations. It describes the types of technology applied and operational experiences from existing LNG refueling stations.
• An interesting document highlighting how gas quality can potentially change during the process from production to delivery to the truck and describes possible solutions to ensure the success of LNG as a truck fuel.
• One of the most important documents within the project, describing the regulations both for future refueling stations and for the LNG trucks. In this last case, this document describes the standardization process which is being implemented by means of the new regulation UNECE Regulation 110.

All of these documents will be soon available on the official project website.

Ongoing activities of the LNG Blue Corridors

Ongoing activities of the LNG Blue Corridors

Stations already under construction
The partners involved in the project's demostration phase are focused on designing and building their filling stations, developing the logistics to supply them with LNG, and planning routes with truck fleet operators. Construction is already underway at several stations and the first of these will be implemented by the end of February 2014.

Engagement with fleet operators
Currently, the LNG Blue Corridors project is working in an ongoing process to search for fleet operators. The first LNG Heavy Duty Vehicle, property of Transportes Monfort, has already been funded by the LNG Blue Corridors recently. This commitment will be announced in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, vehicle manufacturers participating in the project are developing Euro VI engines. While they face important technical challenges in their respective technologies, these products are expected to be launched in the near future.

Data logging system
A data logging system will be used ot track each LNG truck's performance. It consists of an on-board tool and back-end server in order to collect information and then further analyze it. This is essentially a basic computer with a CAN-bus interface, a GPRS modem and a GPS module. The most important parameters such as fuel consumption, distance driven per trip and GHG emissions will be recorded and carefully analyzed.

News from LNG Sector
Greencranes Successful Trials Open Way for Port Sustainability
Becker Marine Awarded Building Contract for First LNG Hybrid Barge
Australia: BOC opens its first public access LNG refueling station in Tarcutta
LNG Related Events
LNG Bunkering Summit 2014
27 - 29 January 2014
LNG Bunkering Summit 2014
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
7th International NGV Conference - Prospects for the Development and Use of CNG and LNG in Transport
18 - 19 February 2014
7th International NGV Conference - Prospects for the Development and Use of CNG and LNG in Transport
Prague, Czech Republic
NGV 2014 Brussels, the 5th International Show & Workshops
8 - 10 July 2014
NGV 2014 Brussels, the 5th International Show & Workshops
Brussels, Belgium


Project coordinator: Xavier Ribas (IDIADA)

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Disclaimer: LNG Blue Corridors Project is supported by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The sole responsibility for the content of the newsletter lies with the authors. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the European Union. Neither the FP7 nor the European Commission are responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.