German engineering firms Bilfinger and Green Solutions signed a deal to expand a liquefied natural gas (LNG) filling station network for trucks powered by LNG – a more environmentally friendly alternative to diesel.
The agreement will cover engineering, assembly and services for LNG filling stations, Bilfinger said in a statement on Wednesday.
Bilfinger will serve as a technology partner of Green Solutions for the design, construction and maintenance of the LNG filling stations while Green Solutions will contribute its engineering expertise to approval planning for future LNG filling station locations and will also coordinate other planning services, according to the statement.
The first LNG filling stations will be installed before the end of 2020 in Bremen, Melle, Cologne, Greding and Ettenheim, with also 10 additional LNG filling stations under construction or in the approval phase.
Alternoil will operate the filling stations, while Greeen Solutions will act as a project developer.
LNG is an alternative fuel that the European Union supports to end dependence on oil. The EU’s goal is to have LNG satellite terminals in all 139 ports included in the EU’s core network for transport before 2025.
By Sibel Morrow