Luxembourg Province opens first CNG station
Yesterday, Walloon Minister, Willy Borsus (MR), inaugurated the first CNG filling station of the Luxembourg Province, located on the Molinfaing industrial estate in Neufchâteau. Next year, two other stations should be opened in Arlon and Marche. By 2020, Belgium plans on having 300 CNG stations.
In terms of CNG filling stations, Wallonia is lagging behind Flanders. On the whole 100 stations that Belgium counts, the majority is located up north. In Wallonia, only the Walloon Brabant and the Hainaut Province lead the way with this new cleaner fuel. Luxembourg now joins the gang and hopes to open more stations in the years to come to reach the nationwide objective of 300 CNG filling points by 2020.
First step in the right direction
“Our province is the greenest in terms of nature but statistics show that air quality is only average and poor half the time”, declares Idélux president, Elie Deblire. After years of debate on whether there was a market for CNG, the Luxembourg province decided to stop this chicken or egg dilemma and joined its many partners – Ideta, IPFH, Engie Electrabel and G&V – to promote CNG and LNG.
“Our desire is to minimize nuisance and emissions”, adds Idélux president. With its rural state where the car has a prominent place, Luxembourg seems to be the ideal place to develop the CNG filling network. Enora, the company born from the partnership has already confirmed that it will open a station in Marche in spring 2019 and one in Arlon for the autumn. Other projects are planned for Habay, Aubange, Bastogne and Vielsalm.
300 stations in 2020
With this new station in Luxembourg, the number of CNG filling stations in Belgium has now reached 101. In Wallonia, the Walloon Brabant, the Hainaut and Luxembourg Provinces now cast a shadow on the provinces of Namur and Liège. The network is growing, though. Liège should have a CNG station by the end of the year.
With 861 cars running on CNG in Wallonia, Minister-President Willy Borsus (MR), hopes to increase that number to 1.350 cars in one year. However, to reach the nationwide goal, the number of filling stations will have to increase dramatically. By 2020, there should be around 300 CNG stations.