HAM, Port de Barcelona and GALP have presented the first natural gas station of the state port system, a key facility to promote the use of natural gas as an alternative fuel for road transport. The station is located into the GALP service station on the Y Street in the Port of Barcelona and is the result of the agreement between HAM, in charge of the construction and operation of the LNG station, and GALP, which has carried out the improvement of the facilities.
The construction has been financed by European funds, through the CHAMeleon project, aimed at developing the gas supply infrastructure in the Barcelona-Slovenia land corridor. The new facility has two compressed natural gas (CNG) pumps for cars and trucks, two liquefied natural gas (LNG) pumps for trucks and a cryogenic LNG tank of 60 m3 capacity.
The commissioning of this infrastructure is part of the Port of Barcelona’s Air Quality Improvement Plan, which aims to effectively reduce emissions from port activity. “This gas station is proof of the strong will of the Port of Barcelona to promote the use of an alternative, clean and sustainable fuel such as natural gas, which significantly reduces nitrogen oxide emissions and eliminates completely Fine particles and oxides of sulfur, “said Mercè Conesa, president of the Port of Barcelona.
Likewise, “this gas station is a key element to guarantee the supply of natural gas to the vehicles operating in the Port area, to promote the use of this alternative fuel and, ultimately, to improve the quality of the air we breathe”, stressed Conesa.
The commercial manager of Gas & Power of GALP, Fernando Martín-Nieto Vaquero, explained how the newly inaugurated installation is “one more step” within the GALP transversal sustainability action plan. “GALP’s commitment to combat climate change pivots on three axes: reducing emissions associated with fuels; promote energy efficiency and the incorporation of renewable energies; and actively participate in the development of sustainable mobility solutions”, Martín-Nieto stressed.