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.

LNG filling station

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.

Multi-fuel

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.

 

We are happy to announce that LIQAL’s Management System has been approved by Lloyd’s Register to the latest ISO 9001:2015 standard.

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.

 

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.

Shell announced on 24 July the supply of LNG fuel to SABIC-chartered vessels in Teesport, UK. It is a temporary LNG bunkering facility supporting SABIC, as we are developing for our own jetty at PD Ports in parallel. The permanent solution by SABIC will be completed later this year. SABIC is committed to take the next step in our supply chain in terms of efficiency, cost reductions, and last but not least environmental benefits.