June 10, 2020. Vendée Energie has launched a global call for tenders to commission the deployment of its next compressed natural gas (CNG) four filling stations in France’s Vendée region by 2024. The provisional roadmap could be “updated depending on the results of customer prospecting and other commitments made,” says the Vendée Energie call for tenders.
The announcement comes as Vendée Energie prepares to open its third CNG station, in the Fontenay-le-Comte locality. Originally planned for May, the opening of this site was postponed to mid-June due to the COVID-19 crisis. The Fontenay-le-Comte station will be the first to offer LNG, in association with Primagaz.
Vendée Energie is currently in talks with three municipalities – Challans, les Sables d’Olonne and Boufféré Montaigu – willing to host its fourth CNG location, scheduled to open by June 2021.
Vendée Energie’s development plans also include hydrogen filling infrastructure. The company announced that a first hydrogen filling station is planned to be rolled out in La Roche-sur-Yon between June and October-November 2021. This site will be developed in partnership with Lhyfe, a pure player in green hydrogen created in 2017.
“We are also thinking about upgrading our current CNG stations with hydrogen filling points. The deployment of quick-charging infrastructure for electric vehicles is also being studied,” announced Laurent Sorin, responsible for CNG projects at Vendée Energie.