Use of LNG in Germany will increase significantly in the coming years
Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is methane gas at an extremely low temperature. This reduces the volume of natural gas by 600 times, which makes it an ideal transport fuel. LNG is regarded as the perfect alternative for trucks. Rolande has the largest LNG network in the Netherlands, and is constantly developing! The associated infrastructure in Germany is being built gradually.
Extension of the network in Germany
The German logistics magazine LOGISTIK HEUTE interviewed CEO Jolon van der Schuit on this subject. “The extension of the LNG network in Germany is currently a top priority. For this year, filling stations in Ulm, Dortmund, Duisburg, Grasdorf, Luebeck and Ziesar are planned. We want only public filling stations that can be used by all customers. Further extension of the network is planned for 2021.“
Sustainable road transportation
Germany with its central transportation routes cannot be ignored. The volume of goods traffic is high – especially on the road. Rolande wants to make transportation more sustainable and aims eventually to switch to fossil-free fuels. Jolon van der Schuit: “We want to link LNG networks in neighbouring countries to build a shared network of publicly accessible LNG filling stations in Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium.”
Incentive by the German Government
The German government encourages the use of LNG fuel. In Germany, trucks driving on LNG are exempt from paying toll. This results in a saving of 18.7 cents per kilometre. The market share of LNG trucks in Germany is currently low, but with the extension of the network of LNG filling stations Rolande hopes to make a positive contribution to sustainable transportation in Germany. “Germany has definitely been somewhat jealous of the network and developments in the Netherlands in recent years. But this will probably change in the short term and the Netherlands will lose their leading position. We expect the German LNG market to become significantly larger than the Dutch market.”