The privately owned gas distributor Eesti Gaas is planning to expand local fueling infrastructure with 50 natural gas and biomethane stations around Estonia to provide fuel for trucks, buses and also smaller vehicles. The company currently has five CNG stations (in Tallinn, Tartu, Pärnu and Narva), but they service only private companies.
Raul Kotov, board member at Eesti Gaas, said possibilities have to be offered before consumption can grow, adding that the stations will be built in cooperation with the state, local companies and municipalities, reported the Estonian public broadcaster (ERR).
Moreover, the Environmental Investment Center has earmarked 50 million euros in the next few years to support the production and transport of biomethane. Private vehicles could also be funded by state subsidies, in a similar way that electric cars are currently more economic due to the state paying up to half.
Recently, Eesti Gaas took part of the ‘Blue Corridor 2014’ rally, offering natural gas fueling service to vehicles during a stop at the city of Tartu.