During the next four years, Romania will set up a network of CNG stations in accordance with EU Directive 94/2014, the Association of Compressed Natural Gas Producers and Users – CNG Romania announced. “Denisson Energy SRL (Project coordinator and part of Antares Group Rm. Valcea) and the Association of Compressed Natural Gas Producers and Users – CNG will implement in 2016-2019 in Romania, a project co-funded by the European Union through CEF – Connecting Europe Facility,” the press release reads.
The project named “CNG Romania: Initial Market Deployment of a Refueling Station Network along the Core Network Corridors” – has an estimated cost of EUR 5.21 million and benefits from a non-repayable contribution of up to EUR 4.43 million from the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) of the European Commission.
The initiative aims to implement the first CNG station network consisting of nine supply units for vehicles along the TEN-T core network corridors in Romania (Orient-East Med and Rhine-Danube corridors). The guiding list of locations includes Arad, Bucharest, Constanta, Craiova, Deva, Drobeta Turnu-Severin, Pitesti, Sibiu and Timisoara. The second objective is to support the market penetration and CNG implementation in Romania.
Romania was, so far, the only European Union country that did not have fueling stations for natural gas vehicles, although there is a European directive which says that by 2020, all Member States must have such stations in their national roads network at every 150 km distance. Local Antares Group is the first company that opened last year the first CNG station in Romania, following a total investment of EUR 3.2 million.