Newsletter June 2015
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Issue 04 
The first results are in!

The first results are in!

The LNG Blue Corridors project continues to create an LNG market in Europe with successful results!

There are 5 LNG facilities built so far. They are located in Italy, Sweden, Belgium, Portugal and Spain. All of them have been working smoothly with a high refuelling frequency: + 5000 fillings in the LNG BC stations, delivering more than 500T of LNG. In addition, nearly 3,5 million km were driven by the current fleet of 30 LNG BC trucks. These trucks consumed more than 950 tons of LNG. The initial expectations of 100 LNG trucks will be exceeded by far, with more than 140 trucks on the roads and monitored.

Moreover it is planned that the remaining filling stations will be in place by the end of this year.

Additionally, as one of the most important LNG market milestones, the first Euro VI trucks were used by Iveco with its new LNG-powered Stralis 330 truck, in accordance with UNECE regulation 110 (LNG trucks and components).

The picture on the left shows the routes of some of the trucks, connecting the lower - middle part of Spain to the south of France to finally reach Italy, building the Mediterranean corridor. On the other hand, an LNG network infrastructure based in Belgium is increasing, covering the BENELUX area.

The LNG Blue Corridors project is successfully fulfilling the initial goal: connecting local LNG networks

The three truck models available in the Blue Corrodirs project, Iveco Stralis, Mercedes/Hardstaff and Volvo FM Dual Fuel, are used to transport goods on all the routes displayed.

Both drivers and fleet operators stress the low fuel expenses of LNG vehicles when it is time to crunch numbers.

Those trucks using dedicated engine technology and that are monitored in detail, run with a solid average consumption of 28.3 Kg of LNG per 100 km, with no additional fuel expenses.

Beside the cost reduction noticed by clients, on Euro VI versions, some maintenance intervals have been extended, for example, spark plugs are now changed at 90,000 km instead of 60,000 km, allowing an extra 10% TCO reduction. The engines using dual fuel performance have a registered consumption on average of 10.7 Kg beside a 20.5 L per 100 km of diesel consumption.

More detailed information is periodically uploaded on the project website

Mediterranean area

Mediterranean area

The international routes in the Mediterranean area are used by known fleet operators like Fercam, Transportes Mariné, HAM, Transportes Monfort or Transportes Noriega with a really good outcome in terms of consumption. Undoubtedly the location of Mariné station – built by Gas Natural Fenosa reciently – near Barcelona, is very suitable to make the Mediterrean corridor feasible.

Some of them, like Fercam or HAM have already run 80,000 and 220,000 km on average respectively since the demonstration started.

Moreover Portuguese logistics companies like Luis Simoes and Pablo Duarte are already enjoying LNG trucks benefits by refuelling at the Dourogas LNG station in Carregado. On average, 90 refuellings are made a month at this facility.

The most northern station in the corridor is located Italy, which was built by ENI, being the first stations in the project.

Up to 470 refuellings have been registered per month at this station, paving the way for the Italian market and for investment to come.

One of the biggest beneficiaries is Logicompany LC3 with 5 Euro V trucks and 50 more within a year with Euro VI technology are being driven in the demonstration period.



This area is one of the largest European harbour zones offering worldwide possibilities to more than 800 overseas destinations, and thus being a highly frequented trading place. Its location, close to the LNG Zeebrugge terminal operated by Fluxys, makes it a really interesting area in terms of fuel transport.

In fact, a new station will be ready soon, close to the Brussels Airport, built also by LNG Drive.

Beside this one, eight other LNG facilities belonging the Blue Corridors are to be ready in the course of 2015.

All of these stations will enable the development of a strong LNG network alongside pre-existing facilities, enabling LNG trucks to drive confidently across European roads.

News from LNG Sector
HAM group installs mobile LNG station north of Madrid
The Spanish HAM Group will install its 5th mobile LNG station in Europe at the Beroil gas station on the A1 highway from Madrid to the French border, approximately 250 kilometers north of the Spanish capital. Ham has three mobile stations in various other parts in Spain, and one in Leeuwarden in the north of the Netherlands. HAM aims to position itself as a leader in Spain, France and also Italy where it has been operating for several years. The company was recently selected by the Belgian gas storage and gas transportation company Fluxys to build a LNG station for the 26 LNG-powered trucks operated by the logistics company Mattheeuws in Veurne.
DNV GL gives approval to design of new LNG-fuelled bulk carrier
The classification company DNV GL gave Oshima Shipbuilding Company an AiP (Approval in Principle) certificate for the LNG-fuelled bulk carrier Kamsarmax. The innovative design of the ship has been found to comply with DNV GL class rules and all current and upcoming regulations, including the emissions control regulations. The stricter regulations for ships on sulphur and particulate matter, among others, make shipowners increasingly look to LNG as an alternative fuel, but this has consequences for the design of ships, in particular the placing of the large LNG storage tank. Oshima Shipbuilders came up with the idea to change the superstructure of the bulk carrier it was designing to a U-shape that can accommodate the large storage tank in its centre.
First LNG bunkering station in the Nordic fuels cruise ships
In the Norwegian town of Risavika near Stavanger a bunkering station for LNG started operations successfully refuelling cruise ships from the Fjord Line which are powered exclusively by Liquefied Natural Gas. Up to now the ships were refuelled through a hose from a tank on a truck. The Norwegian company Skangas designed a special loading arm to refuel the ships. The objective was to minimize loading time. The procedure also allows passengers to remain on board. The port of Risivika wants to build a second quay for LNG bunkering in the future.
LNG Related Events
TEN-T Days<br />
22-23 June 2015
TEN-T Days

Riga, Latvia
NGVA Europe Brussels event
November 2015
Brussels, Belgium
NGV 2016- NGV Global
4-7 October 2016
NGV 2016- NGV Global
St. Petersburg, Russia


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.