Bilfinger and Greeen Solutions have signed a framework agreement covering engineering, assembly and services for LNG filling stations. The goal is to establish a comprehensive refueling network for trucks powered by this fuel. The stations will be operated by Alternoil GmbH, on whose behalf Greeen Solutions is acting as project developer.
Bilfinger EMS will serve as technology partner of Greeen Solutions for the design, construction and maintenance of the facilities. It will also contribute its engineering expertise to approval planning for future station locations. Furthermore, it will carry out technical inspections for plant function, plant safety and conformity with German laws and standards. It will provide qualified personnel for the installation, technical testing and commissioning of the filling stations. The systems will be monitored 24/7.
The first LNG stations ordered by Greeen Solutions from Bilfinger EMS will be installed before the end of this year at locations in Bremen, Melle, Cologne, Greding and Ettenheim.
In October 2019, Alternoil opened what was at the time the largest LNG station in Europe in the city of Bakum (Lower Saxony). This project was the starting point for the long-term establishment of more environmentally-friendly fuels for heavy goods trucks. This year, 10 additional LNG stations are already under construction or in the approval phase.
In order to make the network accessible to as many freight forwarders as possible, Alternoil is using the existing infrastructure, enabling service stations to supply LNG at their current locations. For fleet operators looking to switch to LNG trucks, Alternoil can also provide the fuel directly at their sites. To facilitate this, an integrated concept is being pursued, covering planning, construction, smooth operation and maintenance of the stations as well as the supply of LNG.
In the future, heavy goods traffic on German roads is expected to have a much lower impact on the environment and climate than is currently the case. Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure has launched a program of subsidies for heavy goods vehicles intended to make it easier for freight forwarders to switch from diesel to alternative drive systems.