Germany’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) filling station went into operation Tuesday (September 18, 2018) in Georgswerder Bogen near motorway junctions in the south of Hamburg. The location is an important spot for freight traffic in, from and to the port of Hamburg. Apart from two new lanes for refuelling with LNG, the station has four lanes for refuelling with truck diesel, AdBlue and Shell fuels. A capacity of nearly 30 tons will allow over 200 trucks daily to refuel with LNG from October.
Expansion of supply planned
“We are driving the diversification of our fuel portfolio and the development of an LNG station network with a view to the global goal of limiting emissions in the transport sector as well and offering customers cleaner and more economical energy solutions,” said Dr. Thomas Zengerly, Head of Shell in Germany. Hamburg is the ninth station in north-western Europe and four additional stations will follow in Germany over the next 18 months.
Potential in shipping
“LNG can be a building block for fewer exhaust gases and better air in Hamburg. I very much welcome the fact that the first public filling station for liquid gas in Germany is here in Hamburg. As a city, we are already at the forefront of e-mobility and also want to be at the front line in terms of other environment-friendly drives and fuels. I also see potential for LNG in Hamburg in ships, where LNG can drastically reduce particle emissions and make a real contribution to climate protection,” said Jens Kerstan, Hamburg’s Senator for the Environment and Energy.
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