Near to Berlin, Liqvis has opened a mobile LNG filling station  – with fittings from HEROSE



Reaching into the exhaust pipe has proven: it is spotless – and that after having run 25,000 kilometres. This morning, the exhaust and corresponding tractor are parked on a company parking place in Grünheide near to Berlin. At the end of April, the Uniper subsidiary Liqvis and the foodstuff-logistics service provider Meyer opened the second LNG filling station for HGVs in Germany. Uniper is one of the leading companies in the LNG business. The filling station trailer was built with the know-how of the company GasCom, a specialist for mobile natural gas supply. It is equipped with several fittings from HEROSE. The highly-modern filling system with a capacity of 16,000 kg is also available for external forwarding agents and hauling companies.

LNG-operated HGVs are characterised by a significantly higher environmental compatibility. They do not only emit significantly less carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide and fine particulate matter, but are also much quieter than comparative vehicles that are operated using diesel. Over the past months, Meyer Logistik has integrated 20 HGVs from Iveco into their fleet. Managing Director Matthias Strehl: “Over the next five years, we will be saving about 50,000  kg CO2 for each HGV alone compared with a diesel operated vehicle. With a range of 1,500 kilometres, at lower fuel costs (-10 %) and less pollutant emissions, LNG HGVs are just as efficient as their diesel equivalents.”

Funding amount of 365,000 Euro

The German Federal Ministry of Transport, that was represented by the Parliamentary State Secretary Norbert Barthle is also in favour of alternative drive technologies and promotes the procurement of the 20 HGVs by Meyer with 365,000 Euro. Norbert Barthle: “Our goal is to enable more mobility with fewer emissions. This is why we are supporting alternative drives and support the expansion of the necessary infrastructure. In particular with road-goods traffic, but also for waterway and maritime transport, LNG offers outstanding implementation possibilities.”

With the filling station in Berlin, the participating companies are making an important contribution in also establishing the alternative fuel LNG in Germany. At the beginning, Liqvis supplied about 600,000 kg LNG each year to Grünheide and ensures for the operation of the highly-modern filling system. With an initial 20 HGVs, Meyer Logistik supplies their customers from the foodstuff sector in the greater Berlin area. The Iveco vehicles, model Stralis 440S40 T/P have 400 HP, 8.7 litre capacity and two LNG tanks, each with a capacity of 220 kg. Eckhard Rümmer, Chief Operating Officer at Uniper: “The installation of LNG filling stations is an important step for establishing LNG as environmentally friendly fuel in heavy-load traffic. Consumers are placing an increasing emphasis on a low-emission delivery chain. In the coming years we want to install a needs-orientated filling station network in Germany and in several neighbouring countries.”

For one of the first LNG filling station networks in Germany, experts are the opinion that less than ten stations are necessary due to the high range of the LNG HGV. A regional HGV traffic could also be supplied via a medium-term expansion of the network to 40 LNG filling stations. Two filling stations altready exist now – Another one in Ulm next to that in Grünheide. Hamburg and the Ruhr region (Ruhrgebiet) will follow shortly. Meyer Logistik was pleased about the trouble-free test operation with the LNG-operated HGV that has been running since January 2017. Managing Director Matthias Strehl: “I have already been spoken to by our drivers who have praised the low noise emission and low consumption of the HGV as well as the uncomplicated filling procedure.”

Dirk Kohoutek, Product Manager CRYOGENIC at HEROSE and on-location at the opening of the filling station in Grünheide: “There are 14 shut-off valves from HEROSE installed on the filling station trailer, two of them with drive, as well as three safety valves. The fittings are tested in accordance with DIN EN 1626 for Cryo fittings and according to DIN EN 12567 for LNG fittings.“ (As of May 2017, the standard has been replaced by DIN EN 28921). The LNG filling station in Grünheide was not only built by the company GasCom, it is also filled by them using their own trailers. Managing Director Norbert Scholz: “From our computer in the company headquarters, we monitor all parameters of the filling station and know exactly when supplies are required. Norbert Scholz about the cooperation with HEROSE: “We have been happily working together with HEROSE for years. We feel quite at home there and would be pleased to expand our cooperation.”

Meyer: It has to be fresh

The specialist for fresh food transport and foodstuff logistics founded in 1949 is a family-owned medium-sized company. With 1,800 employees and a fleet of 1,200 vehicles, Ludwig Meyer GmbH & Co.KG supplies the European foodstuff retail, system gastronomy and commercial kitchens.

GasCom: Specialists for natural gas

GasCom Equipment GmbH is a family-owned company with main office in Troisdorf, which has specialised in the supply of mobile natural gas. This includes the mobile supply of natural gas for municipal networks and industrial customers with CNG or LNG, as well as the provision of mobile natural gas filling stations, e.g. for motor sport events (Scirocco-R-Cup). GasCom that currently has 20 employees has established themselves to a leading service provider in this segment and serves many customers of different sizes and industry sectors.

Uniper/Liqvis: Really big in Europe

Being a subsidiary of the international energy company Uniper, Liqvis is building a needs-orientated infrastructure for LNG in heavy-load traffic. With 13,000 employees, Uniper is active in Europe, Russia as well as many other markets throughout the world. In Europe, the company operates power stations with an installed total performance of about 40 gigawatt, creates connections be-tween the global energy markets with their handle activities and has direct access to LNG capacities. In June 2016, Liqvis has also opened the first LNG filling station in Ulm in Germany.

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