ENN Clean Fuels, a world leader in natural gas solutions, has opened a hi-tech liquefied natural gas (LNG) refuelling station at a well-known supermarket’s distributor centre in Zaandam, the Netherlands.
Albert Heijn is setting the global precedent for using LNG as a cleaner replacement for diesel in heavy duty road transportation and is rolling out LNG-powered trucks to form a ‘clean’ fleet for distributing goods.
In conjunction with logistics service provider, Simon Loos, Albert Heijn introduced 30 LNG-powered trucks to its fleet back in 2011, which was a world first at the time and still represents the biggest LNG-fleet for this type of transport activity to date.
This solution has a beneficial impact on the safety and speed of the transaction, as well as the reliability of vehicle and refuelling data
The new station at the supermarket chain is the latest in a string of LNG advances and reinforces the company’s dedication to cleaner fuelling techniques. The new facility has a total storage capacity of 60,000 litres, which equates to filling roughly 150 trucks every day.
The amenity features ENN’s ‘pump release and registration system’ – a specially installed truck connection which wirelessly communicates with the refuelling station to automatically and remotely read all relevant truck, fuel and driver information.
This latest development, designed to make fleet manager’s lives easier, eliminates the need for human intervention and makes refuelling information 100% reliable and digital. A press release confirmed, “This solution has a beneficial impact on the safety and speed of the transaction, as well as the reliability of vehicle and refuelling data.”
The new station will be used by Albert Heijn charters that serve the region but will be remotely monitored by ENN’s operations department.
ENN is a privately-owned Chinese energy firm that is building and operating one of the world’s largest networks of natural gas infrastructure, including LNG and compressed natural gas (CNG) refuelling stations for trucks, buses, and passenger vehicles, LNG bunkering solutions for ships, and supply of natural gas to off-grid and industrial users.