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OMW and Porsche Holding Partner to Boost CNG Fuelling

Hans Peter Schützinger, CEO of Porsche Holding Salzburg and Rainer Seele, OMV Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO, gave a joint press conference at the OMV headquarter in which they focused on the role gas can play in our future energy, as well as the significance of compressed natural gas (CNG) for mobility.

The IEA World Energy Outlook 2018 “New Policy Scenario” forecasts a sharp growth for the global gas market. A surge in demand for gas of up to 43% is expected by 2040.

A comprehensive network of 160 CNG filling stations (of which 54 OMV) in Austria, fast fuelling times, running-cost reductions of up to 50% and a wide range of models are all adding to the appeal of CNG vehicles.

“In the mobility sector, the use of gas is a clear choice for cutting CO2 nitrogen oxide and particulate emissions, as well as providing numerous other benefits for our customers,” according to Rainer Seele, OMV Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO.

Together, OMV and Porsche Holding are offering a special deal for those considering a CNG vehicle: if you buy a CNG model under one of the Volkswagen brands VW, Audi, SEAT or Skoda, you can fill up with CNG for free at OMV filling stations for your entire first year.

Source: OMW

Spain: The DISA Group Is the Newest Associate of Gasnam

The DISA Group, a new natural gas marketer since the beginning of 2019, is incorporated as a new partner to Gasnam.

The DISA Group focuses on natural gas solutions, both piped and liquefied and in vehicle biogas projects.

The DISA Group is the fourth largest fuel distributor in Spain, with a network of service stations of nearly 600 stations operating under the DISA and SHELL brands. It offers compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) vehicle solutions both in its gas stations and in the bases of its customers. It also supplies “white label” gas stations.

The DISA Group is also a member of the BIO LNG EURONET project, co-financed by the European Union, in consortium with IVECO, SCANIA, SHELL and NORDSOL, which aims, among others, to implement 39 LNG stations in Europe, 7 of them in Spain.

This project was created with the commitment to expand LNG as a fuel for road transport throughout Europe. The aim is to achieve a new European infrastructure to promote the large-scale adoption of LNG as an environmentally sustainable energy solution for heavy road transport.

Source: Gasnam

Correos Increases Its Fleet with Natural Gas and Electric Vehicles

Correos, the Spanish postal and parcel service operator, has expanded and renewed its fleet with the acquisition of 158 vehicles destined for the distribution. 40 units (25%) of the vehicles are powered by electricity or compressed natural gas (CNG).

The postal and parcel company will invest more than two million euros in the operation, with “the objective of continuing to guarantee the supply of its logistics services in a market that keeps growing, especially in relation to electronic commerce”, they explain.

Of these 158 vehicles, 35 are electric vans awarded to Renault, while another five are driven by compressed natural gas (CNG), awarded to Volkswagen and IVECO, which has resulted in a total disbursement of 1,015,500 euros. The commitment to this type of vehicles not only responds to commitment of Correos for sustainability, but also, after evaluating all the options, it has been decided by the most versatile and respectful environmental regulations of the population centres to which they will be destined to give service.

Source: El Vigia and Transporte3

Naturgy Opens First Public CNG Station in Mataró, Barcelona

Naturgy has installed the first public station for the supply of natural gas for vehicles in the city of Mataró. It is located in the industrial estate of Les Hortes, a strategic location due to its proximity to dealers of the main brands that market vehicles powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) and companies with large fleets.

Also, this station provides a new refuelling point to the Maresme region and, given its strategic location, at the foot of the C-32 motorway, it allows servicing the vehicles that travel along the coast.

This natural gas supply station in Mataró joins the other 6 gas stations that Naturgy manages in the province of Barcelona: three in Barcelona (Bon Pastor, Marenostrum-Litoral and Zona Franca), L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Santa Perpètua de Mogoda and Viladecans.

The start-up of this new natural gas supply station is part of the company’s mobility promotion project, which aims to promote the use of natural gas as fuel as the best sustainable alternative to fossil fuels derived from natural gas. Petroleum.

This new public natural gas supply station is another step forward for Naturgy in its commitment to move forward in the transition to clean energy models in transport that contribute to improving air quality and, therefore, the health of people.

The new map of vehicular natural gas recharging points in Spain will make it possible to meet the increase in demand in the coming years and reinforce the availability of this fuel in the market, given the increase in vehicles propelled by natural gas.

Source: Naturgy

Hexagon Expanding Its CNG Cylinder Capacity in Germany

Hexagon Composites’ business area Hexagon Purus is substantially increasing its production capacity of high-pressure fuel tanks for CNG-powered passenger cars to meet the growing demand in Europe. Hexagon Purus recently entered into an agreement with its largest customer, Volkswagen AG, to triple the annual production volume. 

In 2017, Volkswagen together with German operators of compressed natural gas (CNG) stations and gas networks committed to driving the expansion of CNG mobility in Germany. Since the start of the campaign, the increasing registration figures confirm that CNG engines are currently the type of power unit experiencing the most robust growth.

“The importance of natural gas and biogas in addressing the environmental requirements is increasingly being recognized. Gas mobility is the fastest way to reduce CO2 emissions in the transportation sector due to existing infrastructure and available technology,” says Alfred Walberer, Vice President CNG Light-Duty Vehicles of Hexagon Purus. “We are proud to be a trusted partner of Volkswagen. Through this joint effort of increasing our production output for low-emission passenger car fuel tanks, we are contributing to the decarbonization of the transport sector.”

Since 2013, Hexagon Purus (formerly Hexagon xperion) has been a serial supplier to Volkswagen for the CNG car models Golf TGI and Audi A3 Sportsback g-tron. From 2019, Hexagon has started to supply lightweight composite cylinders to SEAT Leon and Skoda Octavia. These models are mono-fuel vehicles with a longer range and increased performance due to a new and improved engine.

The total investment is around EUR 6 million (approx. NOK 58 million) to expand and modernize its production facilities in Kassel, Germany. The new production line will start its operations in second half of 2019.

Source: Hexagon Composites

PitPoint Expands Its Network of CNG Refuelling Stations in Germany

PitPoint continues to expand its German network of compressed natural gas (CNG) stations. In the first quarter of this year, the international provider of clean fuels has added three new locations and now offers CNG at close to 40 service stations in Germany. “Due to their convenient locations, the new CNG stations are a good addition to our existing portfolio and contribute to our ongoing strategic expansion in Germany,” said Malte Hock, Head of Sales at PitPoint Germany.

The dispensers are sited at strategic locations on Total stations at: Ilmenau (Grenzhammer 4) in the Erfurt catchment area, close to the A4 and A71 motorways, where PitPoint operates two further CNG stations; Dreieich (Darmstädter Straße 92) a dispenser for H-gas, close to Frankfurt and its surrounding highway network; and Luckenwalde (Salzufler Allee 40) 50 kilometers south of Berlin, close to Luckenwalde city centre and one of its business parks.

PitPoint, which works closely with fleet managers on the supply of alternative, cleaner fuels through its existing network as well as on new-build projects, has already established a broad network of CNG filling stations across the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and France. Recently, it opened the first CNG station in Brussels. This initiative was made possible thanks to the support of the BENEFIC project which is part of the European program “Connecting Europe Facility,” financed by the European Commission.

The facility is located at the Lukoil service station at Boulevard du Triomphe 166, 1160 Auderghem. “The development of a dense CNG network is our top priority, and with the opening of the station in Auderghem we are taking another step in that direction. This will make it even easier to switch to CNG for both private and professional customers,” commented Country manager Geert Degroote.

Source: PitPoint

NGVA Europe Launches the gmobility Initiative

The Natural & bio Gas Vehicle Association (NGVA Europe) launched the gmobility community platform, which aims to inform and discuss the benefits of natural gas in transport to and with customers.

It is important to make better and well-informed decisions when it comes to protecting the environment. Natural gas in transport and mobility is the most cost-effective solution to contribute to a sustainable future. As more and more people are finding the choice of sustainable transport confusing and struggle to make the right decision, NGVA Europe launched the gmobility platform to provide valuable fact-driven information and answer all possible questions of customers.

gmobility will address the benefits that natural gas offers to reduce transport emissions, improving air quality, in a sustainable and practical way, while already available today. The platform offers regularly published blogs, podcasts, videos, an information hub and more. Users are welcome to interact and discuss through social media.

“We know that natural and renewable gas is a sustainable, practical and affordable solution to decarbonise the transport sector in Europe. We want to highlight the best practices and solutions already available through our new gmobility platform.” – Andrea Gerini, Secretary General of NGVA Europe.

Source: NGVA Europe

SEAT Launches CNG Car Rental Service on a Daily and Hourly Basis

Carsharing is much easier and more convenient today for urbanites. In the framework of its mobility services provider strategy, SEAT is launching a carsharing pilot programme at Castellana Motor.

The cost of the service, which is available to both SEAT customers and the general public alike, starts at 2 euros per hour including fuel and insurance, plus a variable price per kilometre driven. It will be operated by the dealership using technology by Respiro, the pioneering carsharing platform in Madrid which was purchased by SEAT in early 2018 and is managed by XMOBA, an independent group company that identifies, develops, commercialises and invests in new mobility solutions.

With this move, the Castellana Motor dealership is going to supplement Respiro’s current network of over 100 carsharing bases in the city. Castellana Motor’s initial offer will begin with the SEAT Ibiza TGI model, the brand’s natural gas hybrid. As this model carries the environmental ECO label, carsharing enthusiasts will enjoy additional benefits such as free access to downtown Madrid’s new low-emission zone, permission to drive and park in the centre during periods of pollution response, or a 50% reduction in regulated parking payment, among others.

XMOBA Executive Director Arantxa Alonso pointed out that “this pilot project is an important step in our commitment to finding and developing future mobility solutions that are sustainable and efficient. The possibility of offering Respiro through SEAT dealerships will enable us to provide our customers with carsharing as a new form of mobility, as well as involve our dealers in the transformation process of mobility.”

With this pilot programme, SEAT aims to provide a carsharing solution to drivers who do not have a private vehicle as well as offer customers who leave their vehicle in the repair shop a mobility solution that is sustainable, easy and affordable.

SEAT is committed to becoming a new benchmark mobility provider. In this sense, the brand put a fleet of electric eMii prototypes into operation for the close to 1,000 employees at the Pier 01 Barcelona Tech City, where the SEAT Metropolis:Lab Barcelona is located. Likewise, SEAT launched the Connected Sharing initiative in 2017, a carsharing service for the company’s more than 15,000 employees that enables them to use and share available vehicles for commuting or personal business. This service will be transferred shortly to Respiro.

Source: SEAT

Natural Gas Preferred to Traditional Fuels Concludes Belgian Study

The Belgian energy regulator CREG has found that natural gas, either compressed or liquefied, is an economic alternative to petrol or diesel in cars or vans; for lorries, LNG needs some form of subsidy as the vehicles cost €30,000-€45,000 more to buy.

The current business case is positive for compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) vehicles, provided that enough kilometres are covered and that regional support measures (purchase premiums) are considered, the Dutch/French-language report says. 

For passenger cars and vans, the fuel cost of CNG is about 70% lower than that of fossil fuels, considering a lower price at the pump and lower consumption. Moreover, the fuel price of CNG is like that of electricity.  

Belgium itself is not uniform either: Wallonia offers natural gas car buyers a €500 discount while Flanders offers a more attractive €250/yr. tax discount. But overall the country is missing the targets both for filling stations and for natural gas vehicles (NGVs). By 2020 it was to have built 333 stations servicing 42,500 vehicles, according to a directive on the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure.

But the country only has 107 CNG stations and seven LNG stations. It now hopes to achieve that goal by 2020-2-25, it said. 

Last year about 5,000 NGVs were registered in Belgium, of which 4,000 were cars; and of that total, only a fraction of percent had been retrofitted, the rest being assembly-line built. That compares with the 4,000 electric vehicles that were registered in 2018, said CREG.

NGVs emit only a fifth or a tenth of the particulates that diesel or petrol vehicles emit, and CREG said that from an ecological and economic point of view, “these fuels are an interesting alternative.” 

Source: Natural Gas World

SEAT Adds 173 CNG Models to Its Car-sharing Fleet

In February 2018, SEAT fully acquired Madrid car-sharing company Respiro with the intention of becoming a benchmark mobility solutions provider. Included in SEAT planning was the gradual replacement of existing rent-by-the-hour vehicle stock with SEAT models powered by compressed natural gas (CNG). That day has arrived.

SEAT has integrated 173 compressed natural gas (CNG) cars into the fleet, which will be able to freely access the Madrid Central area thanks to its ECO label, reports Diariomotor.

Madrid Central is a zone of restrictions in the centre of Madrid in which it is sought to reduce by 40% the limits of the concentration of polluting emissions due to traffic. With this objective, the new regulation limits access exclusively to vehicles with the ECO or ZERO environmental sticker, regardless of whether it is a private vehicle, carsharing or any other type of rental.

SEAT can draw from an increasingly diverse range of bi-fuel natural gas vehicles, not only from its own list of models but also from Volkswagen’s commercial range. These recent models are all capable of performance equivalent to conventionally fuelled vehicles while delivering improved economy and reduced vehicle emissions.

Available SEAT models include new Mii, Ibiza and León.

Source: Respiro and Diariomotor