Newsletter February 2015
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Issue 03 
The demonstration process is underway!

The demonstration process is underway!

The LNG Blue Corridors project continues to promote a barrier-free LNG market in Europe. In addition to creating new infrastructure, it has encouraged a long list of new fleet operators to make the switch to LNG, including ADPO, Logicompany, Fercam, Transportes Mariné, Luis Simoes, Paulo Duarte, Torrestir, TJA, TIEL, AtlanticCargo, Patinter, Transportes Noriega, TML and Ninatrans, among many others.

Ninatrans is a particularly noteworthy addition. Ninatrans, which was recently praised for implementing innovative teardrop-shaped trailers that significantly reduce fuel consumption and therefore CO2 emissions, has deepened its commitment to environmentally friendly transport by adopting LNG trucks to tis fleet.

On the other hand, ADPO, another Belgian company, has had a number of trucks running for some time around Antwerp and at the port area – one of the busiest regions in Europe.

Each operator has the same target: to reduce the overall TCO – Total Cost of Ownership – by up to 10%, as well as improve environmental performance.

Five new LNG stations are in operation

Five new LNG stations are in operation

Alongside the three LNG stations inaugurated during the project’s first year in Piacenza (Italy), Örebro (Sweden) and Kallo (Belgium), two additional facilities have recently opened. The remaining stations will be ready during 2015, connecting the 12 countries participating in the project.

The location of all planned and operative stations can be conveniently checked at

The fourth LNG station is located in Carregado (Portugal), near Lisbon. The company Dourogás inaugurated an L-CNG fuelling site weeks ago, with investments amounting to € 1.5 million. Ten LNG trucks conducting international haulage from Portugal to France and Spain are among the station’s first customers.

Gas Natural Fenosa recently inaugurated the project’s fifth LNG station in Barcelona, strategically located 1.2 km from the 18th exit off the AP7 motorway. It is accessible to highway traffic from Barcelona bound for points north such as France, and will service customers from Barcelona’s industrial and logistic zones in addition to the traffic coming from the Mediterranean corridor.

This station will provide LNG to important users such as Fercam that currently service national routes (from Barcelona to Valencia and Zaragoza) as well as international haulage from the north of Spain to France and Italy.

The inaugurations of these new facilities are paving the way to create a solid LNG infrastructure in Europe. This is in line with the Directive on deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure (2014/94/EU), valid since November of 2014, which requires Member States to develop National Policy Frameworks by 2016.

This directive specifies a maximum recommended distance of 400 km between LNG stations on the TEN-T core network.

Euro VI technology in action

Euro VI technology in action

An important milestone in Europe’s LNG market is the launch of the first Euro VI trucks.

The Euro VI-compatible Iveco Stralis LNG 330 continues the trend of excellent environmental performance in natural gas vehicles. According to the manufacturer, this particular model offers:

- Minimum harmful emissions from particulates (-95% less than diesel);

- Reduced nitrogen oxide and ozone forming emissions (NOx -35% compared to diesel);

- One of the best fuels in terms of well-to-wheel (the parameter considering the whole supply chain, from extraction well to point of use). Compared to diesel, CO2 emissions are reduced by 10% up to 100% in the case of biomethane;

- Average external noise emissions reduction of 5dB(A).

These attributes make natural gas vehicles ideal for use in urban areas and night-time operation.

The Iveco Stralis is fitted with the FPT Cursor 8 Natural Power engine. This engine, which is ecological, efficient and compliant with the toughest environmental standards, features:

- Stoichiometric combustion, i.e. the chemically correct ratio between air and fuel.
- Mono-fuel feed, i.e. 100% natural gas or biomethane.
- Otto cycle spark ignition, with 2 injectors per cylinder, on the intake pipe.
- Exhaust gases treated with a simple three-way catalyst, which requires no additives.

Euro VI-compliant Iveco Stralis LNG trucks are already in regular service on European roads and more will soon follow. The Italian fleet operator Logicompany, which already operates several Euro V model Iveco Stralis LNG trucks, has recently ordered 50 new Euro VI LNG trucks to be delivered in the coming months.

Others OEMs participating in the Blue Corridors project including Volvo, Renault Trucks and Mercedes – Hardstaff continue to develop Euro VI-compatible natural gas engines. Market and consumer expectations are high and their LNG products are expected in the near future.

LNG barriers successfully removed

LNG barriers successfully removed

Several regulations and statues have been implemented or are in development to accelerate the roll-out of LNG in transport:

- Regulation 110: LNG Trucks & Components
New version regarding the type-approval provisions for vehicles equipped with LNG propulsion. All on-board CNG related aspects were approved according to ECE-110, but LNG was missing in its scope (relying on national approvals). It covers the approval of specific components of motor vehicles using LNG as well as their installation in the propulsion system, therefore any LNG truck can be approved in any European country.

- ADR - Dangerous goods
A new EU regulation will came into force starting 2017, which enables ADR goods to be carried by LNG-fuelled vehicles. A temporary national agreement will cover the gap until then, titled M276. Based on that, a LNG truck is allowed to transport so called dangerous goods.

- LNG stations regulations - ISO/TC 252
The LNG draft document is being finished and reformatted with the intention of being published at the beginning of 2016. This will be the first European common guideline for the construction of LNG stations.

News from LNG Sector
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Business is booming for West Country’s first bio-gas station
LNG Related Events
8th NGV Conference/ Prospects for the development and use of CNG/LNG in transport
18th February
8th NGV Conference/ Prospects for the development and use of CNG/LNG in transport
Prague, Czech Republic
2nd NGVA Europe Regional Seminar /L-CNG for Transport
17th-18th March
2nd NGVA Europe Regional Seminar /L-CNG for Transport
Helsinki, Finland
WGC2015: Natural Gas for Transportation Village
3rd-5th June
WGC2015: Natural Gas for Transportation Village
Paris, France


Project coordinator: Xavier Ribas (IDIADA)

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