Cool with liquefied natural gas: RWE and duisport officially open LNG fuel station
• Cooperation develops LNG use concept
• Liquid gas will initially replace diesel in port vehicles
Minus 161 degrees and 1/600 of the normal volume - that is Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). Service vehicles in the Port of Duisburg will be able to drive with this gas effective immediately. Duisburger Hafen AG and RWE Supply & Trading GmbH opened the joint LNG fuel station with a ceremony during this year’s RWE Energy Dialogue, RWE’s industry customer event.
The mobile fuel station is the first step towards an LNG infrastructure - with the objective of establishing LNG as an environmentally-friendly fuel in the Port of Duisburg. The LNG fuel station is part of the effort to establish a functioning application environment for this fuel in the region. “We consistently pursue the expansion of the LNG infrastructure in the Port of Duisburg. In this way, we make an important environmental contribution towards reducing local emissions,” says Erich Staake, Chief Executive Officer of Duisburger Hafen AG. The facility lowers CO2 and other emissions and strengthens the business location and region. The results will be included in a long-term business model for using LNG as a fuel.
In the start phase, reach stackers and terminal tractor units were already retrofitted for LNG. They are now tested in dual diesel and LNG operations, as well as in purely LNG operations. “We are proud to contribute towards reducing emissions in the Port of Duisburg,” says Andree Stracke, a member of the management team at RWE Supply & Trading GmbH and in charge of the industrial customer and LNG business. “In the next step, we want to expand the use of LNG in the Port of Duisburg to other vehicles.” With the fuel station, RWE is addressing the steadily growing interest in LNG in Germany and Europe.
The LNG fuel station is part of a joint research project by RWE Supply & Trading, duisport and the Universität Duisburg-Essen. Because of its trend-setting innovative potential, this LNG infrastructure project is also supported by the European Fund for Regional Development (EFRE) in the amount of EUR 740,000.