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Shell announces new LNG truck refuelling station

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Shell has announced that it has opened a fourth LNG truck refuelling station in the Netherlands. The station is located on Albert Heijn’s – a major Dutch supermarket – premises, and refuels the supermarket’s delivery trucks. The station has an LNG capacity of 70 000 litres, which is enough to fuel 200 trucks per day, and has, so far, served 650 Albert Heijn trucks.

Trucks that use LNG-fuelled spark-ignited engines produce less noise compared to combustion engines that use diesel. Therefore, where there are noise restrictions, LNG-fuelled trucks can be useful. The station thus results from a joint initiative between Shell and Albert Heijn to tackle the noise reduction issue by using LNG.

Lauran Wetemans, the General Manager Downstream LNG of Shell, said: “It is great to see Albert Heijn's drive for cleaner fuel options and work with transport companies to encourage the use of LNG. Shell is expanding the network of LNG refuelling sites that offer a single card solution to customers. As the market develops, we will continue to invest in LNG for transport infrastructure development.”

Albert Heijn’s Director Shops & Distribution, Cees van Vliet, added: “Albert Heijn is excited to be working with Shell on establishing LNG as a fuel for heavy duty road transport in the Netherlands. Our strategy is to reduce the hindrance of our operations to people living next to our supermarkets, where noise level is a very important factor. With LNG trucks, we can also deliver our goods at night when there is less traffic, improving road safety around our shops.”

Shell also announced that Albert Heijn can use the euroShell card for fuel transactions, offering an efficient method of purchasing fuels and other services.

Edited from press release by David Rowlands

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