July 14, 2020. GasNet, a domestic leader in natural gas distribution, has successfully launched the first mobile public self-service liquefied natural gas (LNG) filling station. The facility is located in Klecany near Prague, Czech Republic, a short distance from the D8 motorway. This modern and environmentally friendly technology is available 24/7 to truck drivers.
LNG truck drivers can now refuel comfortably in Klecany in the Volvo Group Truck Centre Prague-North. The public gas station is only 8 km from the capital, is self-service and open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Payment via a refueling card, which GasNet distributes to its customers, is also very simple. “LNG is an economical, environmentally friendly and efficient alternative to conventional fuels for freight transport. The LNG drive technology of tractors has been well tried and tested for more than 20 years. We are convinced that LNG trucks will increase rapidly in our country, at a similar pace as in the case of compressed natural gas (CNG). We believe that LNG will play a key role in achieving the Czech Republic’s environmental goals by 2025 and 2030, respectively, in the area of reducing emissions.” says Thomas Merker, GasNet’s Chief Financial Officer, adding: “We want to work to build a market for LNG in freight transport. We therefore consider the commissioning of our first mobile station to be an important milestone. It is also a clear signal to carriers who want to make it easier for LNG to access and make this technology and infrastructure available to them.”
For GasNet, operational safety and reliability are an absolute priority. “Our experts are ready to train drivers and show that refueling cars on LNG is as easy as refueling with diesel cars,” explains Filip Dostál, Head of Business Development, GasNet. “We have chosen one of the most modern technologies available, which enables seamless and fast refueling of all brands of trucks on LNG. These are Volvo, Scania and Iveco cars. Drivers can refuel themselves after a short training and the pumping time is the same as for diesel cars. Within 10 minutes, the tank is full,” adds Dostál.