First CNG fueling station for Liège Region
Colruyt and its Dats24 petrol stations are expanding the number of CNG fueling stations in Wallonia. The Liège Region’s first station will be put up by the end of the year in Seraing. Two others will follow starting next year.
In the spectre of CNG in Belgium, Colruyt is the leader. The company put up Belgium’s first station back in 2011 and even opened the one hundredth charging station in Heverlee last June. Today, 61 out of its 123 Dats24 petrol stations are currently distributing Compressed Natural Gas but the major part is located in Flanders.
Seraing, Herstal and Beyne-Heusay
Currently, owners of CNG cars living in or passing through the Liège Region have to go to Tongres to fill their cars up. Dats24 has decided to build three stations in the next few months. The first one will be located in Seraing and will be operational by the end of the year.
Starting next year, two other stations in Herstal and Beyne-Heusay will be open. The three stations will be operational by the time of the Brussels Motor Show, which will surely help for some to make the switch to CNG.
The Liège Region was lagging behind Walloon Brabant – where the first CNG station was opened in 2015 – because of natural gas connection issues. The Beyne-Heusay and Seraing station already had the CNG hardware but they weren’t connected to the natural gas network. “We just partnered with Resa to make thing move”, confirms Maarten Van Houdenhove, Dats24’s spokesperson.
Home charging station
This summer, the gas and electricity provider, Zéno, started to offer CNG home charging stations. “You only need three things”, details Sébastien Otten, operational manager of Zéno. “Your house needs to be connected to the natural gas network, you need a compressor and a garage to put the whole installation.”
In average, filling up a car will take around four to five hours but it can be done at night when the car is stationary.