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Monthly Archives: April 2018

Spain: First CNG Refuelling Station to Open in Castile-Leon

The Central-North Zone Delegate for the Commercialization of Energy Solutions at Gas Natural Servicios, María Francisca Rodríguez, and the Managing Director of Paso Honroso, José Pedro Luengo, signed a contract to build the first public compressed natural gas (CNG) station for the distribution network in Castile-Leon. The station will be located at the Paso Honroso station at Mercaleón, a highly strategic location given its significant goods traffic, near to the city centre and connection to one of the city’s main roads.

The presentation event was supported by the Mayor of Leon, Antonio Silván, the Councillor for Trade and Consumer Affairs, Pedro Llamas, the Delegate for Large-Scale Consumption and Infrastructures in the North at Nedgia, a distribution company of Gas Natural Fenosa, whose networks will supply the gas to this service station, Javier de Celis and the Manager of Mercaleón, Carlos Javier Suárez.

At present, natural gas supposes a real, sustainable and affordable alternative to traditional fuels for transport. The 18 million natural gas vehicles in the world demonstrate its technical feasibility, being the most efficient and sustainable form of energy as it offers an important balance of economic and environmental benefits by reducing emissions and generating less noise pollution.

In 2017, the registration of new vehicles running on natural gas increased by 112% in Spain, therefore guaranteeing the use of this fuel in a country that already has a fleet of 8,700 vehicles consuming an average of 2,682 GWh/year, according to data from GASNAM (the Iberian Association for Gas-Powered Mobility).

Source: Gas Natural Fenosa

SEUR Partners with LeasePlan to Offer Flexible Renting

Spanish parcel company SEUR has added 100 compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles to its fleet in a flexible renting mode through an agreement with the LeasePlan rental company. The 100 cars will be primarily used to carry out urgent deliveries in Madrid and Barcelona, ensuring a more sustainable delivery according to LeasePlan.

With flexible leasing, SEUR can adapt the volume of its fleet depending on its activities or peaks of service, highlighted LeasePlan, which in turn stressed that compressed natural gas (CNG) is characterised by being cheaper and consuming and emitting less CO2.

“Our agreement with SEUR is a sign of our ambition to drive change towards cleaner fleets in companies,” said LeasePlan Spain CEO Alberto Sáez.

“With the e-commerce boom we have not only moved from moving large shipments from one point to another, to deliver small packages to thousands of homes each day, but we have also managed to anticipate one of the main demands of online buyers: I bought it and I want it already. Uniting both not only leads us to develop innovative solutions focused on the recipient and to invest in technology and new facilities, but also to adapt our fleet of vehicles, increasingly present in the cities,” said Marc Bayo, director of SEUR.

Source: LeasePlan

Gazprom Meets with Italian NGV Representatives IVECO

A working meeting of Viktor Zubkov, Chairman of the Gazprom Board of Directors, Pierre Lahutte, Brand President of IVECO, and Mariarosa Baroni, President of NGV Italy, took place in Turin, Italy.

The parties discussed the current state and prospects of the Italian NGV market, as well as the efficiency of public support measures for converting motor vehicles to natural gas. Extensive attention was paid to the potential of cooperative efforts in expanding the use of natural gas as a vehicle fuel.

“The use of natural gas is the most efficient and affordable way of reducing harmful emissions in the transport sector. At the Gazprom Group, we pay great attention to that line of work. We are convinced that methane is the key to eco-friendly transportation on a mass scale,” said Viktor Zubkov.

“Our Italian colleagues share our enthusiasm. Italy is not just Gazprom’s third-largest export market. This country is currently the largest consumer of natural gas as a vehicle fuel in Europe. That can largely be attributed to comprehensive public support measures, including direct subsidies for converting motor vehicles to natural gas, as well as tax and other benefits, right down to free parking. I think that this experience can be put to use in our country,” said Viktor Zubkov.

Source: Gazprom

Denisson Energy and NGVA Romania Present CNG Romania Project

Denisson Energy, a member of Antares Group, and the Natural Gas Vehicles Association – NGVA Romania presented CNG Romania project at the Bucharest International Motor Show – SIAB 2018. The participation at this event was part of the project’s promotion campaign, presenting optimal solutions for switching from traditional fuels to natural gas fuel highlighting their significant benefits.

Displaying in an exhibition stand of compressed natural gas (CNG) as an alternative fuel option to traditional fuels is a first in Romania. In a friendly set environment, allowed the visitors to get information about the future refuelling stations of the CNG Romania network and an understanding on the project’s objectives, the location of each station, the status of each station, etc.

Inside the stand, as an example of good practice on conversion to the bi-fuel gasoline-CNG system, the audience were able to notice the first car converted in Romania to be fuelled with compressed natural gas.

Also at SIAB 2018, within the conference “National and Local Programs for the Reduction of Pollution”, Mr. Dumitru Becşenescu, the President NGVA Romania, delivered the presentation on compressed natural gas as the viable green mobility solution.

Source: CNG Europe