The first LNG filling station in Hungary is a reality

The inauguration of the first Hungarian LNG filling station was launched on 19th of July 2017. Today, Hungary is able to join the LNG and CNG corridor of the Trans-European transport network (TEN-T) thanks to it.

MGKKE elaborated the PAN-LNG project in order to improve the filling station infrastructure of liquefied natural gas (LNG), and it has been selected amongst the projects eligible for the funding of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). The primary goal of the project is to prepare the domestic construction of the infrastructure required for the development of LNG-based transportation, to actually build the first filling stations, and to manage their supply.

“The station investment in total is worth 1.2 million EUR, 85 per cent of which is realized from EU sources. LNG-Tech Kft. is responsible for the technical details of the construction of the public LNG and CNG filling station” – commented Mr Henrik Domanovszky, president of the Hungarian Gas Transport Cluster Association (MGKKE) and coordinator of the PAN-LNG Project.

MGKKE presented the LNG project for the first time at the committee session of the Parliament of Hungary in 2012. The subsequent technical submission was examined in details by the secretaries of state responsible for transportation and energy, within the Ministry of National Development.

The advantage of LNG is that after it is liquefied, its volume takes up only 1/600th of natural gas, therefore it is cost-efficient to transport over long distances, and also it is possible to store larger quantities. In case of commercial vehicles, it might lead to a longer range up to 1500 km.

Local and global advantages

Leaders of the project attempt to raise the bar as high as possible in terms of achieving favourable impacts. The gaseous fuel designed to replace diesel vehicles not only decontaminates transportation from cancerous particle emissions but also results in a significantly lower level of NOx emissions. It is also a well-known fact that the utilization of natural gas comes with a 25 per cent lower CO2 emission compared to petroleum-based fuels. At the same time, natural gas can be replaced with renewable or synthetic methane to an unlimited extent, therefore switching to a gas-based fuel serves as an efficient means in the battle of curbing global warming.

Leaders of the project targeted the production of such a fuel, which on one hand, decreases the level of energy import with a domestic energy resource, and on the other hand, with the application of a renewable resource it ensures the CO2-neutral transportation for the filled vehicles.

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