As more sectors of industry focus on decarbonisation and clean fuels, Germany has sought to switch to liquefied natural gas (LNG) to mitigate carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the country’s transport sector.

An agreement signed between LNG industry specialists LIQAL and PitPoint.LNG BV (PitPoint) aims to expand the potential of LNG as a cleaner alternative fuel for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs). 

To help meet the growing demand for the fuel in Germany, the joint agreement aims to scale up the country’s LNG refuelling infrastructure by constructing three refuelling stations along important freight travel corridors. 

Installed at the TotalEnergies truck stop in Hirschberg, the first station is located along the A5 and includes a vertical 80m3 LNG storage tank and two LNG dispensers. 

Operational since mid-March of this year, the station allows simultaneous high-speed fuelling for two LNG powered trucks and is equipped with an SIL-2 safety PLC and ESD system and secure remote access. 

Stating that both LIQAL and PitPoint share a common commitment to ensure the best LNG refuelling technology and services, Joost Jansen, Business Development Manager, LIQAL, added, “It’s no surprise that both companies decided to partner in realising three new LNG refuelling stations in Germany.” 

PitPoint, a joint venture between TotalEnergies Gas Mobility and SHV Energy, was established to increase focus on the development of LNG refuelling stations.

Its Managing Director, Jan Willem Drijver, said, ”All our efforts have now achieved an excellent result as evidenced by the brand-new station in Hirschberg.”

“We look forward to realising the next LNG refuelling station in full partnership with LIQAL.”