The first one opened in the province of Tarragona
Spain: HAM and Bionet inaugurated Europe's largest LNG fueling station
The launching ceremony took place yesterday at the all-new filling point located in the Riu Clar industrial park and was leaded by the Mayor of Tarragona, Josep Fèlix Ballesteros, and the director of Environmental Quality from the Generalitat, Assumpta Farran. During the event, different natural gas vehicles such as trucks and industrial units were exhibited and refueled.
As published by Diario de Tarragona, 500,000 euros have been invested to equip the station. HAM reports that the refueling point, located in a Bionet installation, is the largest LNG filling facility, in connection with the supply and consumption of this fuel, across the continent; it is estimated that it serves a fleet of 70 heavy-duty vehicles. Moreover, 14 trucks already get LNG at this station.
Liquefied natural gas, which is carried by boat to the Port of Tarragona, is mainly used to power heavy transport vehicles. Beyond the savings this fuel system offers, "it extends vehicle lifespan as it stops emitting black particles from combustion," said Jaume Suriol, Project Manager of HAM.
It is important to mention that, in 2009, the company opened the nation’s first public CNG-LNG station on the road in the municipality of Abrea. Currently, the firm has six additional refueling points already operational on major roads throughout Spain.