2013 - Authorization for LNG fuelling stations for heavy road transport, Heerenveen

Thursday April 18, Energy Delta Institute (EDI) and Energy Valley (EV) organized their third cooperative session on small-scale LNG in transport. Topic of the day was the authorization process for LNG filling stations for trucks running on LNG. The topic was chosen based on the outcome of the first EDI/EV cooperative session on November 1. There it was mentioned that the authorization process for filling stations was often not running smoothly, making it a common obstacle in the roll-out of LNG infrastructure for transport.

After a short introduction of EDI and EDIAAL, Patrick Cnubben of Energy Valley (secretary ‘Taskforce LNG Noord-Nederland’) presented on the Green Deal* and introduced the vision of Energy Valley on the role of LNG in the Dutch northern economy. The advantages of LNG over traditional fuels like diesel (LNG is quieter, cleaner, and cheaper) underlined the message brought across: the transport sector will need LNG to forge ahead competitively.

Second speaker was Pyke Kroes, who conducted a research for the Province of Friesland on driving on LNG and LBG (Liquefied Bio Gas). She explained the ambitions the province has with regard to driving on LNG/LBG and the needed infrastructure. She ended with a call for more cooperation, also between the other Energy Valley provinces of Noord-Holland, Groningen and Drenthe.

Third, we had Erik Büthker of Ballast Nedam telling something about the long awaited concept version of the PGS-33. This is an important document stipulating some of the legislation and regulation that can be expected in the process of building an LNG filling station for trucks. Clarifications were given, but topics for discussion were raised as well. Most parties will be looking forward to June, when the final version of the document will hopefully be published.

Before going to the Q&A session, Jan-Joris van Dijk of GDF Suez LNG Solutions gave us some insights in their experience with the application process for a license to build a filling station in Duiven. This was a very useful case for the target group in the audience being the permitting parties. They could learn from any problems ran into in this case example. An organically grown discussion was the result, and before we knew it we were deep in the Q&A session.

The average grade for the event in general, given by the participants, was 8 out of 10. This leads us to conclude that all in all it was a successful second session on small-scale LNG. If you’re interested in organizing a similar event, you can contact us. Who knows what sessions on LNG will follow!

*The Green Deal is a ‘deal’ struck between the Dutch national government, local government, SER Noord Nederland and Energy Valley. It aims to stimulate the use of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in shipping and trucking in (the northern part of) the Netherlands by convincing potential users, securing infrastructure and supply, and facilitating in the necessary (societal, legal, and financial) framework.

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