Shell Opens LNG Station in Lehre, Germany
Oct 10, 2019
Today, Shell inaugurated its second German LNG Retail station in Lehre.
The Shell truck port is the first public LNG station in Lower Saxony and located on the A2 motorway, the busiest east-west connection in Germany.
Jan Toschka, General Manager Shell Retail for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, said: “With our LNG stations, the recent LNG truck launches from a number of different truck manufacturers and governmental support in the form of toll fee exemption and purchase incentives, customers can now choose to use LNG as a commercially viable fuel for heavy duty transport without compromising on value or performance. As a result, LNG is a competitive and affordable alternative to diesel today.”
Dr. Thomas Zengerly, Country Chairman of Shell in Germany, added: “It is now critical that all involved parties keep that momentum for expansion. Hauliers need reliable conditions for their investments and suppliers will fulfil the growing demand through expanding infrastructure. Jointly we can help achieve emission improvements for heavy goods road transport in a short timeframe. Shell LNG site openings like here in Lehre today underline our commitment.”
The station is very modern and has generous space, product and service offers. The LNG station has a capacity of almost 30 tonnes, meaning the site is able to refuel around 150-200 trucks with LNG every day.
Shell’s intention is to help LNG reach an impactful scale in the German heavy-duty road transport sector and thus contribute to lower emissions of CO2 and air pollutants despite the continuing increase in road freight transport. The Shell LNG sites in Hamburg and Lehre are only the beginning.
The next German sites with similar capacities in Shell’s construction programme are Recklinghausen, Hermsdorf, Kirchheim/Teck, Weinsberg and in the area of Cologne.
According to a Shell LNG study published earlier this year, there is significant potential for LNG in road transport. Rolling forward today’s trends until 2040, the number of vehicles in the EU may increase by 307,000 to 2.76 million. 480,000 (17%) of these may have an LNG engine and could substitute the consumption of 11.5 billion litres of diesel. Today there are more than 4,000 LNG trucks in Europe according to DNVGL.
Notes to Editors:
- The Shell Retail business has an ambition to generate 20% of its fuels margin from low-emission energy solutions at company-owned Shell Stations by 2025.
- Shell is part of the BioLNG EuroNet consortium. The consortium’s members comprise Shell, DISA, Scania, IVECO and Nordsol. The members will use their individual activities to put 2,000 more LNG trucks on the roads, build 39 LNG service stations across Europe and build a Bio-LNG production facility in the Netherlands. The Station in Lehre is one of 10 stations planned in Germany as part of this project and is supported by EU funds from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for the transport sector.
- Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) is a clear, colourless and non-toxic liquid which forms when natural gas is cooled to -162ºC (-260ºF). As a transport fuel it can play an important role for achieving energy and climate policy goals in Germany and Europe due to being cleaner burning and significantly reducing emissions of nitrogen oxide, sulphur and particulates compared to diesel.
- Vehicles fueled by LNG are quieter than the equivalent diesel vehicles.
- The Shell LNG study is available in German and English.