Newsletter June 2014
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Issue 02 
The Blue Corridors Project is ongoing!

The Blue Corridors Project is ongoing!

The project has begun exactly a year ago and excellent progress has already been made. Three LNG stations have been built and additional ones are already under construction. In combination with the already existing stations, the LNG infrastructure  in Europe is continuously becoming more and more comprehensive.
The first LNG trucks have been engaged in the project and will be put on the road soon. They have already been funded by the LNG Blue Corridors project and will generate information using a data logging system installed in each vehicle that will be later analysed.

All related information can easily be found on the official website, including a map describing the planned location of each LNG fueling station as well as technical data regarding the trucks participating. You can access the website via this link:

LNG stations already opened

LNG stations already opened

During the last weeks, three new LNG stations have been inaugurated as part of the LNG Blue Corridors project. The first one is a facility of ENI, located in Piacenza in the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy. This station allows the use of LNG as a real alternative fuel for heavy-duty vehicles in Italy for the first time and establishes one of the refuel points planned along the Mediterranean Corridor of the project. This station has a tank with capacity of 60 m3, where LNG is stored after being obtained by cooling gaseous natural gas down to -162°C. Logistics companies from Italy and Spain will use the Mediterranean corridor. This station will be supported in the coming months by additional stations situated in Portugal, France and Slovenia, thus completing this important European route.

The second LNG refueling station was inaugurated in Örebro, Sweden, as part of the South-North corridor. This corridor is the longest within the Blue Corridors project and is one of the most extensive routes in Europe, spanning more than 4000 km across Sweden, Germany, France, Spain and Portugal. Local fleet operators are already using this station, which can provide both LNG and CNG. Its tank's storage pressure is 7 bar and it has capacity to refuel up to 70 trucks.



Different aspects such as technology used on trucks and refuelling stations, vehicle and safety regulations, and engines studies are covered within the project depending on each partner’s expertise. Overall the initiative's fields of activity make up 8 working groups. Specific 'deliverables' are handed in by each work package to the project's reviewers and relevant EU officers.

All public deliverables are uploaded to the project website download section and can be accessed effortlessly.

Some highlights of the documents submitted are:

• An important report that recommends future common standardisation in which ideas to avoid the current LNG barriers are fully analysed.
• A document outlining how LNG trucks and their operators are supported in the Blue Corridors project with regards to trucks maintenance, driver trainings, etc.
• A deliverable describing the supply logistics of LNG, as well as the European and international natural gas trades including exports and imports in the last years.
• A description about the currently available technology up until Euro V regulation with regard to LNG heavy-duty vehicles and their evolution so far.
• A document reporting the best practice guidelines to set up and operate LNG stations.
• A report highlighting the potential of liquefied biomethane (LBM) in Europe and the possibilities of blending biomethane with LNG in natural gas grids.

Activities of the LNG Blue Corridors

Activities of the LNG Blue Corridors

Locations of the remaining stations

Alongside the three stations already opened, there are others whose locations have been discussed and approved recently by the Blue Corridors partners. These locations are:

- Malaga (Spain) by GNF,
- Lisbon (Portugal) by GOLD,
- Lyon (France) by GNVERT,
- Paris (France) by GNVERT,
- Porto (Portugal) by GALP,
- Jesenice (Slovenia) by ENOS,
- Brussels (Belgium) by DRIVE SYSTEM.

All of these stations will enable the devlopment of a strong LNG network alongside preexisting facilities, enabling LNG trucks to drive confidently across European roads.

Developing Euro VI engines

Vehicle manufacturers participating in the project continue to develop Euro VI-compatible natural gas engines. While a variety of technical challenges must be overcome in order to comply with new emission requirements and to achieve high efficiency, new LNG trucks equipped with these engines are expected to be launched in the near future.

News from LNG Sector
Greencranes Successful Trials Open Way for Port Sustainability
Becker Marine Awarded Building Contract for First LNG Hybrid Barge
FSG will build first LNG-fueled ferry for Australian shipping operator
LNG Related Events
EU Energy Week 2014
23 - 27 June 2014
EU Energy Week 2014
Brussels, Belgium
NGV 2014 Brussels
7-11 July 2014
NGV 2014 Brussels
Brussels, Belgium
Gaseous fuels for road vehicles
11 September 2014
Gaseous fuels for road vehicles
London, UK


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.