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EU supports LNG infrastructure in the Netherlands

LNG Industry,

The EU’s TEN-T Programme will provide over €3.9 million to fund a study and pilot for the development of alternative refuelling infrastructure on the main highways in the Netherlands.

A network of LNG and liquefied biogas (LBG) service stations across the country will help to prepare a wider roll-out across Europe.

The project aims to pave the way to the European deployment of LNG/LBG as a fuel for medium and long haul road transport. To this end, the project will pilot the construction of five LNG/LBG refuelling stations on the main highways connecting the Netherlands to Germany and Belgium, namely in Nieuwegein, Heteren, Veghel, Utrecht and Geldermalsen.

The project will also address the lack of operational data on LNG/LBG use, which often prevents transport service providers from switching to the alternative fuel. A total of 75 LNG/LBG-powered trucks will be equipped with a data collection system, providing the necessary information on the trucks and stations. The data will feed into new business models based on LNG/LBG use.

The outcomes of the project will contribute to European renewable energy targets by establishing an operational market for LNG within a short period of time and sharing best practice with industry and other transport stakeholders.

The project is to be completed by December 2015.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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