Uniper subsidiary Liqvis and the food industry service provider Meyer Logistik opened the first publicly accessible fueling station for LNG in Berlin. The ultramodern tank facility, which was successfully tested several weeks ago, is located in Grünheide on the east Berlin Ring (A10), on Meyer Logistik company property. It is also open to external transporters and carriers and provides LNG along the main traffic routes in Europe, making it part of the “Blue Corridor” project of the European Union.
Based on preliminary calculations performed by Meyer Logistik, savings of approximately 50,000 kilograms of CO2 emissions per truck can be obtained in five years. With a reach of 1,500 kilometers, trucks powered by LNG are as efficient as their diesel equivalents in terms of lower fuel costs and reduced pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions.
The Federal Ministry of Transportation, represented by Parliamentary State Secretary Norbert Barthle, is emphasizing alternative fuel technologies for heavy-duty commercial traffic and promoting the purchase of twenty LNG trucks with about 365,000 euros: “We aim at more transportation with fewer emissions. Especially at highway transport, but also for inland water and ocean transport, the already now available LNG offers various fields of application. Thus, the use of LNG contributes to the reduction of traffic noise, CO2 emissions and – to a considerable amount – to the reduction of pollutants in the traffic sector.”
The companies involved are also rendering an important contribution to establishing LNG as an alternative fuel in Germany through the Berlin area fueling station; Liqvis is initially contributing about 600,000 kg of LNG per year and ensuring the operation of the ultramodern tank facility. Liqvis has direct access to LNG resources through Uniper and can provide LNG under market conditions. Meyer Logistik will initially provide delivery of foodstuffs in the greater Berlin area with twenty Iveco LNG-powered trucks. Iveco is the first manufacturer to offer a 400 HP LNG commercial vehicle, the Stralis 440S40 T/P.