Together with Total, PitPoint has opened its first LNG refueling station for trucks in Belgium, located in Rekkem, near the French border. Together with the previously opened PitPoint LNG stations at logistical hubs in the Netherlands, this location represents a concrete step towards the realization of an international covering LNG network in north-west Europe.
The new facility adjoins an existing Total station at the LAR transport center at Rijksweg 746 in Rekkem (Menen), close to the E17/A14 motorway that connects Kortrijk and Lille. As a result, the station has a favorable location for transport movements along the Benelux thoroughfare.
“We are eager to do our part to make transport more environmentally friendly. That’s why we’ve chosen to use the alternative fuel LNG. Our LNG trucks are now on the road 24/7. Because the number of LNG stations out there is still rather small, this can be a bit of a puzzle at times. That’s why we’re extremely pleased with PitPoint’s new LNG station, which is situated precisely along our route. Hopefully, a larger LNG network – in combination with the government’s zero-duty scheme – will inspire other transport companies to follow suit. This will enable us all to work towards a greener transport sector, together!” said Dieter Vanoverberghe, business manager at DVM Trans.
The new station will operate 24/7 and is equipped with two LNG dispensers and three staging areas for trucks that run on LNG. Via its subsidiary PitPoint, Total has incorporated its latest innovations into this new LNG station: extra-cold LNG specifically for Volvo trucks and digital dispenser display with fueling instructions in 11 different languages especially for the international haulers who will come through this station. Everything is installed under an awning to protect drivers from the elements while they refuel. The Total station adjoining the new PitPoint LNG station already features a restaurant and parking facility. As a result, the station is now a full-service stopover for drivers of LNG-fueled vehicles as well.