Chart has successfully commissioned its first natural gas vehicle (NGV) fuelling station in France.

This is the first Chart designed and built NGV fuelling station to be installed in the European country, with plans announced in January to add a second later this year. It is situated in Fos-sur-Mer, in close proximity of Marseille’s port district.

The station is equipped with two liquefied natural gas (LNG) and one compressed natural gas (CNG) dispenser. It also incorporates a number of proprietary Chart features including an optimal heat management system.

Chart’s supply scope includes complete turnkey installation plus servicing and maintenance and incorporates Chart Vacuum Technology® and LNG Dynaflow 3000 dispenser for heightened efficiency and safety.

A statement from Chart further explained, “Methane (natural gas) is a more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide (CO2) so it is important for project economics and even more so for the environment that, like all Chart fuelling stations, it is engineered without a need for venting, which means zero product loss to atmosphere.”

The entire fuelling process takes approximately five minutes in ideal conditions.

Opening the site is the first step in the group’s planned regional network. The station is owned by alternative fuel technology specialist Proviridis and operated by its subsidiary V-GAS.