Lipigas announced the construction of a new service station for heavy-duty trucks that will run entirely on LNG. It will be located in Tabolango, Valparaíso region, and will become operational next June at a public service station owned by Transportes Transviña. The new facility will supply the first 100% LNG high-tonnage trucks for the Lipigas distribution network, as part of the company’s decarbonization challenges. LNG trucks from the Transviña fleet that provide services to other companies in the area will also refuel there.
In this way, Lipigas works to continue expanding its project to create a national clean energy corridor by installing service stations to supply trucks from north to south in the country at strategic points for cargo transportation.
“This station will connect the Valparaíso and Maule regions through a means of transportation with cleaner energy. Our objective of having a green transport corridor at the national level is advancing rapidly and we hope to soon implement new stations that will join this one and the one in Linares. For us, it is an important milestone because it will also allow us to decarbonize our own long-distance truck fleets. This year we will start with the first two trucks powered 100% by LNG,” said Esteban Rodríguez, Manager of Green Hydrogen, Biofuels and LNG at Lipigas.
The new facility will supply LNG to 17 trucks that Transviña recently acquired and will be also open for LNG-fueled trucks from other companies. It will join the LNG filling station in Linares, opened in September 2021, which supplies 35 trucks used by Transportes San Gabriel for the distribution service of Cervecera AB InBev Chile, Empresas Melón, among others. With this, Lipigas becomes the company that will supply the largest operating transport fleet powered by LNG in Chile and Latin America.
Alfredo Fernández, General Manager of Transportes Transviña, added: “This is an important step in our vision of becoming a more sustainable carrier every day. We are perhaps the national transport company with the largest share in the gas sector, and it could not be otherwise: we trust in gas and in this clean energy, and we intend to continue our growth supported by these new technologies and those to come. We are optimistic, and we expect to operate more than 40 LNG trucks by 2023, offering a sustainable alternative for road transport in Chile.”
Photo: LNG station in Linares