The first truck-dedicated natural gas filling station in the Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur region of southern France is set to open in the next few months.
This comes after an agreement was made between Marseille Fos port authority and Proviridis, the gas station developer and operator.
Two fuel types will be available, LNG and Compressed Natural Gas, partly derived from biomethane produced by waste recycling.
Marseille Fos port authority said the station was in line with its energy transition strategy and its clean air campaign in the Fos port-industrial zone.
The initiative will offer a cheaper alternative that also responds to COP 21 and national measures to improve air quality.
This will help with the current pending eco-transport regulations in France which include an urban ban on diesel vehicles from 2020 and a tax on pollutants such as CO2.
The station launches a network that is due to cover all the region’s logistics sites by the end of 2018, hoping to give haulage operators the confidence to invest in gas-powered vehicle fleets and meet shipper demand for reduced environmental impact when moving their goods.
Half of the overall €1.3m development cost is being funded by Regional and European Commission aid.
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