Transport company Eric Mattheeuws and Fluxys have joined forces on an initiative that marks an important step in the launch of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a sustainable alternative fuel for trucks in Belgium.
Eric Mattheeuws has acquired 26 LNG powered trucks, while Fluxys is investing in a new LNG fuelling station to be built in Veurne at the haulage company’s site.
Eric Mattheeuws commented: “The switchover to LNG means a drastic reduction in emissions from the trucks and has considerable financial advantages as well. With Fluxys’ investment in the LNG filling station, the logistics supply chain is now complete. We have developed a unique partnership with Fluxys, Eni, Volvo Trucks and Romac Fuels to promote LNG as a valid alternative to bio-petroleum. The initial tests are very promising. If, six months after opening the filling station, you read about additional investments being made, then you can be sure that LNG has begun its conquest!”
Fluxys’ CEO, Walter Peeraer, added: "Transporters are holding off on switching to LNG for lack of filling stations and no filling stations are being built because there are no customers. By joining forces with transporter Eric Mattheeuws, we are breaking this vicious circle and lowering the threshold for other transporters to make the switch to LNG as a sustainable alternative to diesel.”
The filling station will have a LNG storage tank with a capacity of 60 m3. The station will be supplied by tanker truck from the LNG terminal in Zeebrugge. Transporter Eric Mattheeuws will operate and perform minor maintenance on the station, which will also be accessible to other transport companies.
For Fluxys, the filling station is a pilot project in terms of engineering, technology, permitting and investment. The experience gained with the project and the feedback from Eric Mattheeuws as transporter and operator of the station is to yield recommendations and best practices Fluxys can use when building additional stations.
Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward
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