Enora inaugurates Belgium’s largest CNG gas station in Leuze
Last Friday, Walloon renewable energy provider Enora, transport company Fockedey, and vehicle manufacturer Iveco inaugurated Belgium’s largest gas station in the industrial park Leuze Europe in Leuze-en-Hainaut. Ten trucks can refuel simultaneously in the new CNG gas station.
Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) can be an interesting intermediate alternative for the transport sector, as long as there are enough filling stations where trucks of more than 3,5 tons can fill up with 200 kg. In addition, CNG is interesting for those who want to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
Enora, therefore, installed a new type of station – the so-called NGV2 station. These NGV2 stations are specially adapted for trucks and refuel far more rapidly – 30 kg CNG per minute, or four times more per minute than in a traditional filling station. In addition, the NGV2 nozzle is larger, and the flow is higher (max 540 Nm3/h).
The company intends to gradually expand the coverage of NGV2 stations in the most important industrial zones in Wallonia and hopes to contribute to the energy transition toward more sustainable fuel for trucks. A similar station is planned to open in June 2022 in the industrial zone of Tournai West.
One in four to drive on gas
Wallonia’s ambition is to have one in four commercial vehicles motorized on natural gas by 2030 to meet the climate goals regarding CO2 emissions stipulated in its Climate Energy Plan.
Meanwhile, transport company Fockedey has already decided to gradually replace its vehicle fleet within three years and buy at least 70 CNG trucks. The first ten of them already hit the road in May. The price of CNG per kilometer can be two times lower than the one for fossil fuels.