LIQAL is building a new LNG refuelling station for the Belgian transport company Remitrans. After a tender procedure, LIQAL was awarded the contract. The total concept – from design, production and realisation onsite, up to the maintenance and 24/7 service – was the deciding factor. With the arrival of its own LNG refuelling station Remitrans is continuing to build on reducing CO2 emission in the transport sector.
The necessity thereof appears from the agreements that were made during the climate conference in Paris. To stop global warming, the emission of greenhouse gases such as CO2 must be limited. Therefore, governments stimulate the use of climate-friendly fuels both at national and international level. LIQAL responded to this development and specialised in tank infrastructure for the environmentally friendly alternatives LNG and hydrogen.
It is proven by Remitrans that the transport chain is more aware of its own responsibility in terms of the environment. The Belgian haulier makes every effort to make its company greener, to keep its impact on the environment as low as possible and to contribute to the achievement of the Belgian climate targets. Earlier this year this was rewarded and crowned with the Green Truck Award. “By switching the fleet from diesel to LNG fuel, step-by-step, Remitrans improves the local air quality and we reduce the CO2 emission per truck by at least 20%. With the purchase of 9 ex-factory Euro-VI Volvo trucks, 15% of our trucks will run on liquefied natural gas this year, next year this will be 30%, with as future target to change the entire fleet”, says Frank Coppens, Logistics Manager at Remitrans. The new trucks will have the same performance, driving characteristics and fuel economy as the diesel variant.
Joost Jansen, Business Development Manager at LIQAL, adds “We are sure that LNG is the alternative for diesel in heavy duty and long haul transportation. Now that there are various truck brands available and more and more transport companies decide to switch to clean and affordable LNG, the demand for refuelling stations for this alternative fuel will also increase. Remitrans has selected our recently introduced prefab refuelling station, whereby the time to market can be reduced by a few months. Great for the turnaround time of the project and for the wallet of our customers, that is what we aim for”.
The innovative refuelling concept is compact but matches performance and contains all the technical high-quality elements of a fully-fledged LNG refuelling station. For example, an advanced online monitoring- and trending system, MID-certified fuel dispenser and LIQAL’s patented micro liquefaction technology which ensures unlimited holding time of LNG in the 70,000-litres storage tank and also ensures that all trucks available on the marked can be supplied effectively at desired conditions without the use of liquid nitrogen. Civil works such as excavation work can be limited to a minimum and the system arrives assembled and tested onsite. This reduces the turnaround time. So, it is expected that the Remitrans LNG refuelling station near Ninove will already be in use in the second half of this year both for its own fleet as for LNG trucks of third parties.
LIQAL’s ambition is clear: Serving the European market with high-quality refuelling installations for LNG and hydrogen and systems to liquefy natural gas and biomethane. A great target, because the more the transport sector embraces these gaseous alternatives, the better it is for our environment.
LIQAL is specialised in design, engineering, production and turnkey realisation of complete fuelling systems and fuel dispensers for LNG and hydrogen. In addition, the company has patented micro liquefaction technology to automatically control the conditions in LNG storage tanks and to convert natural gas and biomethane into (Bio)LNG.
Remitrans is a transport company with 130 employees, 60 000 m² of warehouse space and a fleet with 65 trucks, 150 tautliners, 100 silo trucks and 2 kipper trucks. The focus of Remitrans for tautliner transport lies on national transport and “small” international transport. For silo transport this lies on international transport. For more information: www.remitrans.be.
Tankterminal nv opened its inaugural manned LNG filling station for trucks in Belgium today. This first manned 'multi-fuel' LNG filling station (LNG + diesel + AdBlue + red gas oil) is strategically located along the E17 highway, which is the main corridor between the Netherlands and France via the A16-E19 (Rotterdam-Antwerp) and A1-E17 (Paris-Lille-Ghent) highways. The new LNG filling station is equipped with a storage capacity of 73m³ and currently has the largest LNG buffer in the Benelux region for a total of four LNG dispensers.
Liquefied Natural Gas is considered to be an attractive, ecological and economical alternative for diesel in heavy transport applications and long distance transport. Switching to LNG significantly reduces emissions of particulate matter, SOx, NOx and CO2. A CO2 reduction of 10 to 20% can be achieved compared to diesel. In fact, when bio-LNG is used, the CO2 reduction can even exceed 90%.
That is why Tankterminal decided to invest in LNG for trucks at its filling station in Lokeren. The ‘multi-card’ LNG filling station is designed for four LNG dispensers and it also has the option to offer LCNG (Compressed Natural Gas from LNG) in the future.
The new LNG filling station at Tankterminal was built by LIQAL from Breda. The station ensures unlimited shelf life of LNG in the storage tank. This is achieved via a BTU (Boil-off gas Treatment Unit or micro liquefaction), without the use of liquid nitrogen. Tankterminal can offer the end users both cold (3-4 bar) and saturated (7-8 bar) LNG in addition to the existing fuels for trucks, diesel, AdBlue and red gas oil. This allows the ‘multi-fuel’ LNG filling station to provide all truck brands on the market (like Volvo, Iveco and Scania) with LNG under optimal conditions. LIQAL will remain responsible for the technical management and maintenance of the LNG filling station.
Refuelling at the new LNG filling station is possible with the Romac Fuels card for LNG, and with the own Tankterminal fuel card for LNG, diesel and AdBlue. Additional fuel cards will be added soon. The following payment cards are also accepted: DKV, UTA, Maestro, MasterCard and Visa.
LIQAL and Technical Services Group (TSG), formerly known as Tokheim Solutions, have signed a partnership for the reselling and servicing of dispensers and fuelling systems for the clean transport fuel liquefied natural gas (LNG).
TSG is the distributor of Tokheim fuelling technology and is the market leader in delivery and maintenance of fuelling installations for the traditional fuels. LIQAL is a leading supplier specialized in the design, engineering, production and delivery of complete fuelling installations for LNG and hydrogen. Several international LNG station operators already work with a LIQAL fuelling system, foreseen with LIQAL LNG fuel dispensers. This dispenser is full of innovations, among which is the patented heated and purged nozzle docking bay, and complies to the latest international standards, including the MID regulation.
Both parties combine their experience and know-how in order to increase their reach and technology offering, and to be able to offer customers optimal all-in solutions.
“We are very happy with this partnership. TSG has a leading position in the fuel market and an excellent covering network of service specialists that offer 24/7 availability. Also their quality and safety objectives correspond to our brand and what we stand for. This partnership enables us to provide the users of our technology in different countries with quality aftercare” said Jorg Raven, CEO of LIQAL.
Mario Boere, Managing Director of TSG Netherlands adds “Via this partnership we can, aside from our current technology and services for the more traditional fuels, give substance to the growing and promising market for LNG with the innovative and high quality systems of LIQAL.”
Due to the benefits on both an ecological and an economical level, the adoption of the transport fuel LNG has increased rapidly. Now that several renowned truck suppliers such as Volvo, Scania and Iveco deliver ex-factory trucks, more transporters choose for this fuel. Thanks to the brand-new cooperation between LIQAL and TSG, both current LNG station operators as well as the service station owners that are considering LNG, are now guaranteed a future-proof technology and a reliable operation.
We are happy to announce that LIQAL’s Management System has been approved by Lloyd’s Register to the latest ISO 9001:2015 standard.
LIQAL has been interviewed for the item "Bedrijf in Beeld" of Nove Visie, the trade journal for members of the Dutch association for independent fuel traders NOVE.
Breda based LIQAL, turnkey supplier of small-scale LNG systems, developed a skid-mounted LNG refuelling station that offers station operators best in class performance with the flexibility of a relocatable system at lower investment requirements for both fuelling equipment and onsite project preparations.
This completely pre-fabricated and transportable LNG refuelling unit, the ‘MRU’, is SIL-2 classified and complies with the latest international standards and regulations, including ISO 16924. Because LIQAL integrated intelligent features of its proprietary design like on-the-fly saturation, a vapour return economizer, its MID certified LNG fuel dispenser with patented heated and purged nozzle docking bay and 24/7 iSCADA remote monitoring system, end users do not need to do any concession on fuelling performance compared to a fixed LNG station configuration.
Any tank type including mobile ISO storage can be connected to the MRU, which also holds space for LIQAL’s proven micro liquefaction technology that ensures unlimited holding time of LNG in the storage tank and enables supply of both saturated- and cold LNG to effectively fill all available LNG truck types (including the new Volvo EURO 6). The MRU offers the opportunity to position the dispenser at a distance from the skid for 2-sided refuelling of LNG and to add a LCNG system.
After turnkey supply and commissioning of the MRU, LIQAL takes responsibility for technical operation and maintenance of the system, if requested by client.
Breda based LIQAL has been awarded a contract by Tankterminal N.V. (Begoos Group) for the design and turnkey supply of a state-of-the-art LNG refuelling station for trucks in Lokeren, Belgium.
Tankterminal N.V. owns and operates tankcleaning facilities, including truck fuel stations in Lokeren, Gent and (at Unidet N.V.) in Meer, where diesel and AdBlue are offered to transport companies. Because LNG is considered as the most promising replacement fuel for diesel in heavy duty transportation, the company decided to invest in an installation to supply LNG at the truck lanes of its Lokeren site. This site is strategically located alongside highway E17, the main corridor between The Netherlands and France through the highways A16-E19 (Rotterdam-Antwerp) and A1-E17 (Paris-Lille-Ghent).
After an extensive comparison of station builders, Tankterminal N.V. contracted LIQAL for the design and turnkey supply of the LNG fuel station, which will be equipped with a seventy three cubic meter (73m3) storage capacity, ‘on the fly’ saturation and, initially, two LIQAL MID LNG dispensers with patented heated and purged nozzle docking bay. This multi-card LNG fuel station is designed for in total four LNG dispensers and to sell CNG in the future.
LIQAL fitted its ‘Micro Liquefaction’ technology in its design which ensures unlimited holding time of LNG without the use of liquid nitrogen (N2), and enables Tankterminal to provide end-users with cold as well as saturated LNG and effectively serve all truck brands that are available on the market.
Olivier Willekens, Business Development Manager at Tankterminal N.V.: ”We selected LIQAL as our partner because of its hands-on experience in the small-scale LNG industry, its intelligent solutions and they proved to be capable in assisting us in all aspects that are involved in development, realisation and operation of a state-of-the-art LNG fuel station”.
Jorg Raven, CEO at LIQAL, said: “We are very pleased to have the opportunity to cooperate with Tankterminal N.V. and, together with other stations that we have in preparation, get a firm foothold in Belgium. Another great proof of the market seeing the benefits of working together with our company and our high-end LNG fuelling technology”.
The station in Lokeren will be commissioned by the end of 2017. After commissioning, LIQAL will be responsible for technical operation and maintenance of the system.
For more information about our project partner, please visit: Tankterminal N.V.
LIQAL became a member of the European Natural Gas Vehicle Association (NGVA) which represents the leading companies and associations that are involved in the business for natural gas as a transportation fuel.
The association, like LIQAL, is committed to expanding the European market for vehicles that run on clean and affordable LNG, CNG and Biomethane.
LIQAL, turnkey supplier of small-scale LNG and hydrogen (fuelling) installations, obtained a patent for a unique feature that is included in its dispenser for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG).
The LNG fuel dispensers, designed and produced by LIQAL, comply with all standards to sell LNG as transport fuel including the Measuring Instruments Directive (MID) and are fully certified to operate on the European market.
A patent has been obtained for the nozzle docking bay, which is integrated in LIQAL’s latest dispenser line. This docking bay is heated and purged in order to ensure tension-free connection and de-coupling of the nozzles to and from LNG-powered vehicles, as well as long life of nozzle seals and hoses.
The latest LIQAL dispenser has been implemented at the forecourt of various LNG station operators across North-West Europe who are convinced of its benefits compared to traditional dispensing- and docking devices.
We congratulate GP Groot and ENGIE LNG Solutions with the official opening of the first NXT fuel station in Alkmaar (the Netherlands) that took place earlier this month.
LIQAL was responsible for design and turnkey realisation of the LNG filling station for trucks. This station is equipped with LIQAL's Micro Liquefaction Unit that ensures unlimited holding time and the ability to dispense cold as well as saturated LNG.