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.

 

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, 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.

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.