November 8, 2020. Repsol and Nortegas have inaugurated the first service station with continuous supply of compressed natural gas (CNG) in Bizkaia, Spain. The facility is located at the Repsol facility in Sestao. 400,000 euros have been invested in its start-up and it has had the support of the Basque Energy Agency (EVE), through its efficient mobility aid program.
The new CNG point will have the capacity to meet the demand for light vehicles (cars and vans), as well as medium and heavy urban vehicles (vans and delivery trucks).
The Sestao station is the first station in Bizkaia to have a continuous supply of CNG, without the need for a tank, thanks to the infrastructure at Nortegas, which makes it possible to make an alternative fuel supply point available to the public.
The choice of this location responds to the consolidation of Bilbao as a strategic pole for low-emission refueling in the ‘Atlantic Corridor’, which links, from Irún, the French border with Galicia. A route used by an estimated average of 37,000 vehicles per day.
Through the Repsol and Nortegas alliance, a network of natural gas supply points will be made available to the public, integrated into the Repsol Group service stations, primarily in the regions where Nortegas operates as a natural gas distributor that is in the Basque Country, Cantabria and Asturias.
The next locations to be held in 2021 will be in Madrid and the Gipuzkoan town of Oiartzun.
The current NGV fleet totals 29,000 vehicles and registered great growth from 2018 to 2019 with an increase of 60%. The objective of Repsol and Nortegas is to weave a solid network to promote the use of vehicular gas. The autonomy of a vehicle with this type of fuel is greater than 400 kilometers.