September 3, 2020. Anglo-Dutch Shell has opened its first liquefied natural gas (LNG) filling station in Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

The new LNG station is the fifth in the country, and part of Shell’s plans to build a network of up to 40 LNG-filling stations in Germany by the end of 2022. Three new stations are slated to enter operations in Weinsberg, Kassel and Stuhr near Bremen in the autumn, with further units planned for the winter.

Located on an important long-distance transport link from Munich via Stuttgart and Karlsruhe to France, the Kirchheim unter Teck station can refill up to 150 trucks per day.

Shell said in a statement it’s “making a further contribution to establishing LNG in heavy goods traffic as a cleaner, lower-CO2 alternative to diesel.” Heavy haulage running on LNG emits 22% less CO2 than diesel, but liquefied biomethane (bioLNG) could cut emissions to nearly zero.

The company also plans to build a 100,000 tons biomethane liquefaction plant in the Rhineland refinery, which would “save up to a million tons of CO2 in German heavy goods traffic within a few years.”