July 13, 2020. The European Commission will support the development of 15 refueling stations for vehicular liquefied natural gas (LNG) and one for hydrogen within the framework of the “ECO-net” project, coordinated by Enagás. Scale Gas, a startup born from Enagás’ corporate venturing program, Enagás Emprende, will develop the projects.
The project has a global budget of approximately 13 million euros and includes the construction of 16 alternative fuel supply points to traditional fuels for heavy vehicles and passenger cars within a period of up to three years. These supply points, 15 of LNG and one of hydrogen – the first in Spain at 700 bar pressure – will be distributed along the Spanish corridors of the Trans-European Transport Network.
The ECO-net Project, Spanish Network of Alternative Fuels Refueling Stations, is part of the Connect Europe mechanism, which promotes more sustainable and efficient transport. This initiative is in line with Directive 2014/94/EU for the development of infrastructures for alternative fuels and with the Spanish National Action Framework for alternative energy in transport.
In addition to financial support from the European Commission, the project has a loan from the Official Credit Institute (ICO) that covers approximately 50% of the project. Enagás will contribute the remaining amount with its own resources.
The ECO-net Project has obtained the support of different companies such as Toyota, a pioneer in the introduction of hydrogen-powered vehicles on the market, and institutions such as GASNAM and the European project ECO-GATE, a global action plan co-financed by the EU and promoted by a consortium of more than 20 companies for the development of mobility with CNG and LNG in Europe.