Lübeck as the starting shot: Rolande and IDS-Q8 announce international cooperation for a European LNG filling station network
Rolande, pioneer and market leader for building infrastructures for truck liquefied natural gas and bio-LNG (Bio-Liquefied Natural Gas) in the Netherlands, is expanding its network at the Lübeck location of IDS-Q8. This is the first filling station in Germany opened in cooperation with Kuwait Petroleum Corporation subsidiary IDS-Q8, one of Europe’s leading fuel card providers and owner of an international network of truck dedicated filling locations. In addition to the base in Lübeck, this cooperation already operates an LNG filling station in Rotterdam, Botlek (Netherlands). In combination, the two fuel specialists connect two important locations in the transport sector: the ports of Rotterdam and Lübeck. They ensure that all incoming goods are transported economically and sustainably to their destination. By the end of the year, two other stations will be opened at the IDS-Q8 locations in Grasdorf and Ziesar as part of the partnership. In addition to first-class locations in Europe, customers also benefit from the option of paying with the IDS-Q8 fuel card at Rolande LNG stations .
“Together with IDS-Q8 we are building a European network for environmentally friendly fueling and at the same time profitable truck freight transport at central locations such as Lübeck. The port is an important logistical hub for northern Germany and all of Europe, ”says Jolon van der Schuit. “Rolande’s goal is to create an LNG network that covers the entire European continent. To achieve this, Rolande is building on its own locations, but also on long-term partnerships. With the expansion of the public LNG filling station network, together with our partner, we are setting another important building block in the direction of climate-friendly logistics in Europe. “
“IDS-Q8 is committed to a more sustainable offering. We continuously monitor our customers’ needs to make sure we anticipate accordingly. The expertise of Rolande is highly valued and we are proud of adding more LNG locations in our network.”, says Hans Kats, Director Q8 Global Cards Business. “This contributes to a significant reduction of CO2 emissions of long distance traffic which is in line with our company objectives.“
Public CNG / LNG filling station – prepared for bio-LNG
The facility at the IDS-Q8 location in Lübeck is at an important traffic junction in northern Germany on the A1 and is a classic public 24/7 self-service filling station. With two LNG pumps, the filling station has a daily capacity of up to 150 vehicles and guarantees quick refueling without long waiting times. Thanks to the generous entrance and exit, the filling station has an optimal lay out for heavy trucks. It is making a significant contribution to further establishing LNG as a more environmentally friendly fuel step by step. Until December 31, 2023, trucks that run on compressed or liquefied natural gas will continue to be exempt from the road toll in Germany. In this way, operators save 18.7 cents in road tolls for every kilometer they drive. LNG trucks are therefore not only sustainable, but also economically attractive.
Bio-LNG is a 100% biological fuel that can be obtained from certified waste such as household organic waste, sludge, manure or agricultural waste. It is low-emission and climate-friendly with a high energy density and can therefore help to achieve climate protection goals in traffic. Bio-LNG is liquefied bio-methane or liquefied synthetically produced methane. It has the same chemical properties as LNG, but has drastically lower CO2 emissions. Compared to a diesel truck, the NOx and particle emissions are significantly lower. When using biogas, up to 95 percent CO2 can be saved.