German LNG refueling network is adding new service stations this year

With demand for LNG for heavy road transport picking up pace across Europe, especially in Germany, PitPoint.LNG B.V. (joint venture between TotalEnergies Gas Mobility B.V. and SHV Energy) is working with LIQAL (part of Dover Fueling Solutions – DFS), to expand the network of LNG stations in the German market. Switching to more sustainable, cleaner fuel and reducing dependence on diesel is critical for the transportation industry. A growing number of transport companies in Germany are recognizing the potential of LNG as a cleaner alternative fuel for HGVs.

Germany’s central transportation routes are home to high volumes of freight transport, but current density of LNG refueling infrastructure lags behind that of countries like the Netherlands. The German government is taking steps to change this including subsidies on purchasing LNG trucks and exemptions from motorway tolls. Germany is committed to extending the LNG network in line with the energy transition policy.

To meet this need for network expansion and fast-growing demand for LNG in Germany, PitPoint.LNG B.V. and LIQAL will realize three LNG refueling stations in 2022.

The first LNG station is installed at the TotalEnergies truck stop in Hirschberg, Germany. It is conveniently located along the A5, making it ideal for transport companies using the travel corridor between Germany and Italy.

The state-of-the-art facility includes a total turnkey LIQAL LNG station with vertical 80 cubic meter LNG storage tank and two LNG dispensers. Full forecourt installation allows simultaneous high speed fueling for two LNG powered trucks and the station comes with a fully integrated SIL-2 safety PLC and ESD system and secure remote access. The site has been operational since mid-March 2022.

“LIQAL and PitPoint.LNG B.V. share a common commitment to ensure the best LNG refueling technology and services for transport companies. It’s no surprise that both companies decided to partner in realizing three new LNG refueling stations in Germany. I am also very pleased that PitPoint.LNG B.V. decided to gain experience with our automated and TCO-effective BTU system to re-liquefy the station’s boil-off gas on the project site,” said Joost Jansen, Business Development Manager LIQAL.

“All our efforts have now achieved an excellent result as evidenced by the brand-new station in Hirschberg. We look forward to realizing the next LNG refueling station in full partnership with LIQAL,” commented Jan Willem Drijver, Managing Director PitPoint.LNG B.V.

With broad experience and technical knowhow, LIQAL and PitPoint.LNG B.V. jointly develop plans and make preparations for the realization of new LNG stations. The partnership works hard to bring a network of fully equipped, state-of-the-art LNG refueling stations to LNG users the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.

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