July 8, 2020. Before the end of this year, further new liquefied natural gas (LNG) locations with partners in Dortmund, Duisburg, Grasdorf, Lübeck and Ziesar will follow. A further expansion of the network is planned in Germany for 2021. Rolande will operate exclusively public filling stations that can be used by any customer. Each of these filling stations, at this time already, is equipped for a later use of bio-LNG. This way, heavy long-distance haulage in all of Germany will be able to profit from the cost and sustainability advantages of liquid natural gas.
The filling station with a futuristic look thanks to its waved roofs and the high and slender LNG tank was opened today by Jolon van der Schuit, Rolande CEO, Director of Sales and Marketing of Iveco Magirus AG, Christian Sulser, and the Lord Mayor of the City of Ulm, Gunter Czisch.
The characteristic white and green Rolande design not only adds a new optical touch, but it is also functionally adjusted optically to the requirements of LNG trucks.
The plant is a traditional public 24/7 self-serve petrol station with two LNG pumps and two CNG pumps with capacities guaranteeing swift fuelling without long waiting periods. With a daily capacity for up to 150 vehicles and large driveways, the filling station has the ideal dimensions for heavy-load trucks.
“Liquid natural gas must be available for all trucks – also in Germany,” says Jolon van der Schuit, CEO of the LNG pioneer Rolande. “We believe that LNG not only makes transport more environmentally friendly but, at the same time, also more profitable. And everyone should get something out of that. This is why we want to supply all customers in Germany with the cleanest and most efficient deployable fuel of this time: LNG! We are not only building filling stations for this but are also organizing the entire sales and marketing chain from import to nationwide full-area coverage with the offer. In doing so, we will continuously develop new concepts for a future nationwide offer in Germany and other European countries. We also provide our entire competence of many years to our customers. This applies to both the sustainable handling of resources as well as the economically optimal use of LNG.”
The filling station in Ulm is part of the Connect2LNG project that is financed by the CEF program of the European Commission. The aim of the Connect2LNG project is the development of a European LNG fueling network by commissioning five stations in Germany and France.