Public utility EMAYA’s CNG station, located in Son Pacs neighborhood, is connected to the natural gas network of Palma and has the capacity to store 18,750 liters (4,000 kg) of gas already compressed at 250 bar. It involved an investment of € 1,500,000, and EMAYA received a grant of €60,000 from the FEDER Funds.
It has two compressors, six dispensers, five for heavy vehicles and one for light vehicles. This allows to refuel a truck with 80 kg of CNG in 4 minutes and 30 trucks in an hour. Refueling times are therefore comparable to those of conventional fuels. The site is prepared to offer biomethane in the future, which could come from the waste and wastewater treatment.
This facility is an important piece of Palma’s efforts towards sustainable mobility and reduced emissions. EMAYA and public transport company EMT have chosen to renew the fleet with CNG vehicles. EMAYA currently has seven new NGVs (four refuse trucks and three cleaning trucks), four converted to dual fuel system and 14 to be converted soon. Also, they are currently in the bidding process of 33 new CNG units.
When they get these new acquisitions, which are now in bidding, and have completed conversions, EMAYA will have 40% of the fleet of heavy vehicles running on CNG (25% dedicated and 15% dual fuel operating 60% on gas and 40% on diesel). The aim of EMAYA is that 100% of the fleet of heavy vehicles switches to natural gas, and also vans and light trucks progressively move to CNG.
Meanwhile, the EMT, which will be also using this new refueling center, has 12 CNG buses (10 standard and two articulated). In the process of fleet renewal, they are considering to acquire more NGVs. EMT technicians have contributed their expertise and collaborated with EMAYA in the project of the new CNG station.
Source: City of Palma