July 27, 2020. On July 20, Shell opened a liquefied natural gas (LNG) station at exit 56b Hermsdorf Ost on the A4 in Thüringen, Germany. Up to 150 trucks per day can now be supplied with this alternative fuel there.

Conveniently located between the north-south route A9 and the east-west route A4, the station is the fourth of its kind in the German Shell network. By the end of 2022, the company plans to expand its network of LNG stations to 40 facilities. In addition, it is planned to establish a complete supply chain for LNG without CO2 based on liquefied biomethane. In this context, a 100,000-ton gas liquefaction plant will be built at the Rhineland refinery.

“The COVID-19 pandemic must not slow energy change. And it will not challenge our ambition to operate a zero-emission business globally by 2050. That is why we continue to do everything we can, in addition to numerous other decarbonization initiatives, rapidly implementing large-scale programs for LNG without CO2 emissions,” explains Fabian Ziegler, CEO of Shell in Germany. “In just a few years, up to 1 million tons of CO2 can be saved in German heavy goods traffic. The commissioning of the service station near the Hermsdorfer Kreuz is another important step towards this goal.”

Using LNG in heavy goods traffic reduces CO2 emissions compared to diesel, according to the company, by up to 22%. With biomethane in the tank, almost climate-neutral road transport is even possible.

Shell is planning more LNG stations at its locations in Kirchheim (Teck) on the A8, Weinsberg on the A6, and Herzsprung on the A24. The facilities are slated to begin operating in the summer and fall of this year.