The Director of Mobility Solutions of Natural Gas Fenosa, José Ramón Freire, the Director General for Transports and Environment of the Generalitat of Catalonia, Pere Padrosa, and the Mayor of Perpètua de Mogoda, Isabel García Ripoll, inaugurated together on the 10 of December on the municipality a gas station with a jet of compressed natural gas (CNG) for light vehicles and one for liquefied natural gas (LNG) for trucks. This is the fifth public station for liquefied natural gas (LNG) in Catalonia which makes it the region with more stations with this features.
The infrastructure, which has received an investment of about 1 million euros, is designed to provide a daily equivalent of 115 light vehicles and 32 trucks. The station, that works as a self service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
This infrastructure is part of the European project LNG Blue Corridors, an initiative that promotes the transport though certain European freight corridors by using natural gas in the vehicles transporting goods. The project seeks to unify industrial knowledge and the agents involved in the development of natural gas vehicles and LNG infrastructure in order to develop the main routes that will connect the European continent. It is in the plans to install 14 LNG stations or a combination of LNG and CNG, and the station in Santa Perpetua is the only one in Spain within the project LNG Blue Corridors.
Natural gas: an alternative for the transport.
There are currently 38 public natural gas stations in Spain, of which 23 are of Gas Natural Fenosa. Of these 38 stations, 18 supply LNG, and by doing so it converts Spain in the country of Europe with more stations operating LNG.
The use of natural gas as a transportation fuel helps improve the air quality, since it reduces up to 85% of the emissions of nitrogen oxides and up to 95% of the particulate matter, as well as up to 20% of the CO2 emissions, the main greenhouse gas. In addition, the natural gas reduces noise pollution, as it reduces by 50% the noise generated by diesel engines. From the economic point of view, when compared to diesel and gasoline, natural gas can achieve savings of up to 30% regarding the first one and 50% regarding the second one.