The Director-General of Energy and Mines of the Regional Government of Castile and Leon, Ricardo González Mantero, and the General Manager of NEDGIA Castilla y León (Gas Natural Fenosa’s subsidiary), Juan Antonio Pazos Arranz, opened the first CNG station for private use in León. This station will provide service to the first natural gas vehicle acquired a few months ago by the Ente Regional de la Energía (EREN) in Castile and León.
With a natural gas compression capacity of 2.8 m3/h and supplied by NEDGIA Castilla y León, the refueling station will be used exclusively by EREN and is located in the car park of the building used by this public body in León. To start up the station, the distribution company has put a new mains connection in place that will allow the service station to be supplied and refuel the natural gas fleet owned by EREN.
NEDGIA Castilla y León expects to supply further CNG stations around the region in the near future after signing various agreements to develop service stations. One will be located in León, which will the first public CNG refueling station in the company’s distribution network in the region, another will be in Valladolid and work is under way to supply a third in Burgos. At present, the NEDGIA network throughout Spain distributes more than 1,100 GW/h of the 2,600 GW/h of natural gas consumed as vehicle fuel.
In this region, the Salamanca and Burgos city councils have been committed to using natural gas for their bus fleets, as well as refuse collection trucks in the case of Salamanca, for years due to the contribution natural gas makes to improving urban environmental quality when used as a fuel. Recently, the two local authorities added 11 new CNG buses to their fleets and raised the number of urban buses running on this sustainable fuel to 57. Other local authorities in the region are also developing projects to bring CNG vehicles to their area.
Source: Gas Natural Fenosa