German engineering firms Bilfinger and Green Solutions will establish a comprehensive LNG filling station network for trucks as part of a new partnership.

The two companies have signed a framework agreement covering engineering, assembly and services for LNG filling stations.

Bilfinger EMS will serve as technology partner of Green Solutions for the design, construction and maintenance of the LNG filling stations.

The Cloppenburg-based company will contribute its engineering expertise to approval planning for future LNG filling station locations and will also coordinate other planning services.

Furthermore, Bilfinger EMS will carry out technical inspections for plant function, plant safety and conformity with German laws and standards.

Bilfinger EMS will also provide qualified personnel for the installation, technical testing and commissioning of the filling stations.

The systems will be monitored 24/7 and, if necessary, assistance can be provided by telephone or on site.

The first LNG filling stations ordered by Greeen Solutions from Bilfinger EMS will be installed before the end of this year at locations in Bremen (A 281 freight center), Melle (A 30), Cologne (A 4 freight center), Greding (A 9) and Ettenheim (A 5).

The filling stations will be operated by Alternoil, on whose behalf Green Solutions is acting as project developer.

In October 2019, Alternoil opened what was at the time the largest LNG filling station in Europe in the city of Bakum (Lower Saxony, Germany).

This project was the starting point for the long-term establishment of more environmentally friendly fuels for heavy goods traffic.

This year, ten additional LNG filling stations are already under construction or in the approval phase.

In order to make the network accessible to as many freight forwarders as possible, Alternoil is using the existing infrastructure, enabling service station operators to supply LNG at their current locations.

For fleet operators looking to switch to LNG trucks, Alternoil can also provide LNG directly at their sites. To facilitate this, an integrated concept is being pursued, covering planning, construction, smooth operation and maintenance of the stations as well as the supply of LNG.