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GDF Suez for Netherlands LNG

October 2, 2012 in Fleet Order, LNG, Marine by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Trucks First, with LNG Station Near Arnhem for Spring 2013

Global environmental services giant GDF Suez has paired two of its units in the Netherlands and formed GDF Suez LNG Solutions B.V. to provide liquefied natural gas for road and water transportation.

Dutch LNG pioneer Vos Logistics is adding LNG-fueled Mercedes-Benz Econic trucks to its Netherlands fleet, for a total of 14 such vehicles by year-end. Pictured here are Vos business unit manager Edwin van Dinther (left), with Willem Stas, logistics and sustainability projects manager with Desso, a floor covering manufacturer that emphasizes sustainable materials –€“ now delivered via LNG-fueled truck.

“The new company helps transport and shipping companies in the Netherlands to make the switch from diesel to the more environmentally-friendly and less expensive LNG,” states a release, “by selling LNG as a fuel for heavy road transport and shipping in the Netherlands and investing in the LNG refueling stations and bunkering facilities.”

“GDF Suez regards LNG as a fuel of the future.”

The firm’s first LNG outlet will be an LNG fueling station for trucks near Arnhem, in the eastern part of the Netherlands, with storage capacity of 62 cubic meters, approximately 16,400 gallons. “We expect it to be ready in the spring of 2013,” says commercial manager Anton Aarts.

Paris-headquartered GDF Suez says it is the European market leader in LNG. The firm operates 17 LNG carriers and has long-term regasification capacity in in Zeebrugge, Belgium and in Montoir-de Bretagne and Fos-sur-Mer, France.

GDF Suez LNG solutions is a 50-50 joint venture between GDF Suez’s Cofely Nederland, described as “market leader in the area of energy efficiency services for businesses and local authorities that brings sustainable technological solutions into the joint venture,” and GDF Suez Energie Nederland.

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