The first LNG station has opened in Croatia, marking a major step on the country’s road towards establishing alternative fuel infrastructure. The new facility, officially launched in December with the presence of Assistant Minister Alen Gospocic (Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure), is located close to the Adriatic city of Rijeka and is part of a 2.48 million euro project, which includes the opening of three such filling stations in Croatia and Slovenia.
“The filling station will have a huge economic and ecological impact since it contributes to the stronger use of LNG in heavy cargo transport, to the decarbonization of the transport system and to the improvement of the environmental efficiency of the transport sector,” the ministry’s statement said.
With the project, Croatia joins the European LNG Blue Corridors infrastructure initiative, which involves cooperation between heavy duty vehicle manufacturers, fuel suppliers, fuel distributors and fleet operators. Its goal is to build 14 new LNG or L-CNG stations at critical locations along four corridors covering the Atlantic area, the Mediterranean region, and connecting Europe from south to north and west to east.
The project is also part of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for Transport, which is the EU’s funding instrument for supporting investments in Europe’s transport infrastructure.
In parallel with this, Croatia is building an LNG terminal on the Adriatic island of Krk, which is expected to connect to the national grid as of 2021. The project comprises the construction and operation of a floating LNG terminal featuring a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) and its connections to the national gas transmission network. The terminal will have the capacity to transport 2.6 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year.