Spain: Mallorca’s TIB network opens CNG station for its buses in Calvià
The Minister of Mobility and Housing of the Balearic Islands, Marc Pons; the Mayor of Calvià, Alfonso Rodríguez Badal; the General Director of Mobility, Jaume Mateu; the Managing Director of the Mallorca Transport Consortium, Maarten Johannes Van Bemmelen; the President of Moventis, Miquel Martí; and the Director of Business Diversification of Redexis, Miguel Mayrata, visited the new depot-CNG station of the TIB (Transports de les Illes Balears) bus fleet in Calvià.
“This is one of the six natural gas stations that we have promoted with the new TIB network on the island of Mallorca, and the first one open to all citizens and the business community. Five years of work are giving good results, a very competitive offer and improvement of public transport that places Mallorca at the forefront of a new inter-city mobility model,” said Pons about the new facility and about the launch of the new TIB.
The depot, located in the Son Bugadelles industrial estate, includes a parking lot with capacity to house 42 buses, a washing area, an office and a CNG fast filling station with two refueling lanes with NGV1 and NGV2 dispensers. Currently, the station supplies the TIB bus fleet operated by Moventis (the company that manages the new TIB concession), but will soon also open to the public for the refueling of private vehicles.
Moreover, the mayor of Calvià highlighted the improvement of such an important service for the municipality as public transport, also in what the CNG fuel system will mean from the point of view of environmental and acoustic impact. In addition, he pointed out that the entry into operation of this facility, since it is located in the nerve center of the municipality, will allow greater efficiency in the service and will also be an advantage in the future for the refueling of another public transport such as taxi fleets.
“This is the second natural gas station that Moventis has opened: the first in France and now in Mallorca. This is a clear commitment to public transport, sustainability and decarbonization,” said Martí.
The construction of the CNG station, as well as the branches of the gas pipelines, was in charge of Redexis. The energy company built five distribution branches to supply gas to a total of six CNG stations located at the bases of several concessionary companies of the TIB service in Mallorca, making a fleet of 198 CNG buses viable and thus promoting a sustainable and economical transport. “We celebrate the start-up of this station, which means continuing to promote the energy infrastructure necessary so that both the Moventis fleet, as well as the professionals and citizens of Mallorca, have more economical, sustainable and eco-friendly mobility solutions,” added Mayrata.