Shell has opened its first liquefied natural gas (LNG) station in Herstal, Liège, catering to trucks.

Located near the three-border at the E313, a key route for international road freight, the new station has a capacity of 3.5KT of LNG and can supply 150 trucks with LNG daily.

“LNG fuel is an important option for transport companies,” said Laurent Charlot, Shell Begium’s Commercial Director. “Shell is committed to thriving throughout the energy transition and LNG will play an increasing role in the energy mix.”

“We expect demand for LNG to grow and continue to work with truck manufacturers, customers and policymakers to promote the use of LNG as a cleaner-burning and more affordable transport fuel. The station in Herstal is an important step in the further expansion of our network of LNG stations in Europe.”

Marie Christine Marghem, Federal Minister of Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development, added, “With the rising demand for energy and the increasing need to reduce transport emissions, we face the challenge of how to make transport both more efficient and cleaner at the same time.”

Shell sees a mosaic of fuels and engines developing for road transport and believes LNG has a significant role to play as a solution for heavy-duty road transport. The multinational oil and gas company said road transport companies are increasingly choosing LNG fuel as it offers both financial and environmental benefits in comparison to conventional diesel. LNG is cleaner-burning than diesel and produces less sulfur, particulates and nitrogen oxides. Moreover, it also contributes reducing noise pollution and can help lower CO2 emissions.

Shell already has seven LNG stations in the Netherlands (Rotterdam, Waalwijk, Amsterdam, Pijnacker, Waddinxveen, Eindhoven and Heerenveen) and intends to open further LNG stations in Europe over the next 12 months.