The Shell LNG Outlook report reaffirms Shell’s knowledge of the LNG market and provides an in depth understanding of the industry.

To read the full report and overview of LNG as road fuel (page 13) please follow this link: LNG Outlook for 2019.

LNG Uptake

In Europe, several countries are incentivising uptake in the heavy-duty transport sector. For example, in Germany there is a road toll exemption for LNG trucks for 2 years until 2020 and a wider government subsidy through this CEF project for LNG trucks which will help demand grow. Besides Germany, the CEF subsidy also covers Belgium, The Netherlands, France, Poland and Spain.

Switching heavy-duty vehicles to LNG diversifies the fuel mix and can help reduce air pollution. In Europe, more than 5,000 heavy duty trucks are refuelling at 201 LNG filling stations*. The number of trucks is expected to grow drastically in line with the target and reach 280,000 by 2030*. Projects like BioLNG EuroNet will help facilitate the mass scale adoption of LNG as a road fuel in Europe and help the EU meet its 2050 goal of a 60% reduction in CO2 emissions.

*Source: NVGA

LNG Network Expansion

The LNG Retail stations that are part of this project will form part of a pan-European network and be built in Belgium, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Poland and Spain. The stations will be located approximately every 300-400 km along core road network corridors from Spain to eastern Poland.

In May 2018 Shell opened its first Belgium LNG station for trucks in Herstal and in November 2018 its first German LNG station in Hamburg. This complimented seven existing Shell sites in The Netherlands (Rotterdam, Waalwijk, Amsterdam, Pijnacker, Waddinxveen, Eindhoven and Heerenveen).

Existing Shell LNG sites as well as those which have obtained permits for construction can be viewed here.

For 2019 there are 7 sites in development, the first 4 either being constructed or nearing completion. These are in Antwerp (open), Rekkem (open), Lehre in Germany (opening soon) and Wroclaw in Poland (under construction).

Rekkem – Belgium – now open and operational

Antwerp – now open and operational

Lehere – opening soon

Wroclaw, Poland civil works started in September 2019

Nordsol - Bio LNG plant update

Nordsol is currently on the pre-FID (financial Investment Decision) phase. Detailed design studies and dynamic modelling of the Bio LNG plant design are in development. This is also the start of the permitting process.

How can we help your business?

If you wish to hear more about the BioLNG EuroNet project and how this can help your business to move to a cleaner fuel, please reach out to any of the consortium members part of the project.