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Italy first in Europe for heavy LNG transport

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In recent months, Italy has overtaken Spain for the number of service stations for trucks that use LNG, becoming the leading operator in the sector in Europe.

The ConferenzaGNL has noted this trend on the basis of the data published by REF-E in the abstract of the interim report 2019 ‘SSLNG Watch’.

The number of LNG truck stations in Italy is now 53, of which 15 opened since the beginning of the year. Another nine plants are equipped with a cryogenic tank but only deliver compressed gas (L-CNG) for the cars. The Spanish Gasnam specialised site reviews 44 plants in Spain, all for truck refuelling. According to Natural Gas Vehicle Association Europe (NGVA), Italy and Spain are followed by France with 31 plants, Holland with 24, Great Britain with 13, and Belgium with 10. Germany is still behind, with only 6 plants but entered the sector only two years ago.

Worldwide, China is in first place with around 1300 LNG stations and 80 000 trucks (Google search system data), followed by Europe with 218 (NGVA census updated with the most recent openings in Italy and Spain) and over 5000 trucks, almost 2000 of which are registered in Italy. In third place is the US, with 144 plants registered by NGV America.

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