Total has opened France’s largest filling station exclusively dedicated to natural gas and biomethane vehicles. Located at the heart of the logistics platform of Gennevilliers, the second largest fluvial port in Europe, this facility is now open 24/7 to professionals (B2B) and B2C customers, and will become a strategic site for the Grand Paris area (including the city of Paris & its 130 surrounding cities), supporting the development of new transportation in the Île-de-France.
The natural gas station will be operated by Total for the next 10 years, and concession has been attributed by Sigeif Mobilités (a semi-public company founded by Sigeif and the Caisse des Dépôts) through a tender. This opening will complete the existing Total network in France and allow a growing number of transportation and logistics professionals of the Greater Paris area to convert to CNG in optimized conditions.
This new facility will distribute CNG, which will be supplied to the site by GRTgaz, for the first time in France through its high-pressure gas delivery network. The station will be able to distribute up to 100% of bio-CNG, as users have the possibility to choose and adjust -directly at the pump and contractually for B2B customers- between several rates of biomethane incorporation.
“This opening of France largest CNG and bio-CNG station is a source of pride for our teams,” said Guillaume Larroque, President of Total Marketing France. “Our ambition is clear: to become a leader in CNG and bio-CNG distribution in Europe, with 450 Total-operated stations by 2025 including 110 in France. This station is also a model for our future developments in Europe where Total is committed to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 or sooner, for the products used by our customers. Our objective of a 50% rate of biomethane incorporation will directly contribute to it.”
Jean-Jacques Guillet, President of Sem Sigeif Mobilités, commented: “This station within the Port of Gennevilliers is an essential infrastructure, fitting into the ongoing plan to improve air quality in the Île-de-France region. The companies located at the Port have now the possibility to use a clean fuel for their urban deliveries in Paris and its western neighboring cities, all to be covered by a Low-emission Zone currently under implementation.” https://ebiteua.com/massage
Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, Minister Delegate for Transport, also said: “I salute the opening of France’s largest CNG and bio-CNG station for trucks. Companies dedicated to the transportation by road of goods and people are in constant search for alternatives solutions to diesel for their own energy mix. Beyond the steep reduction in CO2 emissions, the advantage of NGV technologies is their immediate availability, widespread among all segments. We have renewed the support policies for these vehicles until end-2024, in order to provide companies with visibility and to allow them to engage in this transition.”