Truck loading station catalyst for LNG fuel market

The first trailer with liquefied natural gas (LNG) was loaded at the Gate Terminal last week. Gate takes a crucial step in further developing the LNG fuel market by opening a LNG truck loading station. 

Gasunie and Vopak, the initiators and partners in Gate terminal, originally developed this terminal as a LNG import terminal. With the truck loading station and Gate’s reloading service for LNG vessels, that started in September, the Netherlands now have the ability to not only import LNG destined for supply to the Dutch pipeline network, but also to transport LNG to the hinterland by road transport and coastal shipping. The trucks loaded with LNG at Gate could for instance supply LNG tank stations. This is an important link in boosting the LNG fuel market.

LNG is a natural gas that turns into liquid by cooling it to minus 162 degrees Celsius. This results in a decrease of volume with a factor 600, making it more suitable for storage and transportation.

It provides significant environmental benefits as its combustion produces significantly less particulate matter and CO2 in comparison to traditional fuels like petrol, diesel or LPG (Liquefied Petrol Gas).

Gate has signed an agreement with Primagaz Benelux, which will load LNG by truck for distribution to its customers in the Netherlands. PrimaLNG will handle the transport to the full European market. Gate’s ambition is to pick up pace with small scale LNG and to be loading one hundred trucks a month within two years time.

The LNG truck loading station could act as a catalyst for the LNG fuel market by inspiring other companies to invest in the use of LNG and by making LNG more readily available. This is yet another step in fulfilling the Port of Rotterdam’s aspiration to make Rotterdam the LNG hub of Europe.

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