The European Union has approved the allocation of 10 million euro to fund the ECO-GATE project that will involve the construction of more than 20 gas-refueling stations. These are aimed to supply vehicular natural gas in the Atlantic and Mediterranean corridors of the road network of Spain, France, Germany and Portugal.
The European Commission has approved 10 million euros worth of funding for the development of the European project ECO-GATE, a global action plan for the development of mobility with CNG and LNG in Europe, led by GAS NATURAL FENOSA through the distributor Gas Natural Madrid, who will be responsible for managing and coordinating the project.
The more than 20 foreseen gas refueling stations will be located in each of the 4 project countries contributing to the project: Germany, France, Portugal and Spain. To this end, the approved funding will be shared amongst all four countries. Spain will receive funding to develop gas refueling stations in Barcelona, Burgos, Madrid, Murcia, Salamanca, Irún, Tordesillas, La Junquera, Córdoba and Cartagena, among other cities, GASNAM, the Iberian association for the use of natural gas in mobility notes in a release.
The European ECO-GATE project is one of the most ambitious in the conventional and renewable vehicular natural gas market with the deployment of infrastructures throughout the Atlantic and Mediterranean Corridors via new technologies and innovative solutions, they state.
Gas refueling stations (“Gasineras”)
“ECO-GATE will make the rapid and mass deployment of this alternative fuel possible, thanks to a significant reduction in the unit cost, as well as a better understanding and more in-depth knowledge of customers’ needs”, adds GASNAM, pointing out that funding from the European Union has been approved due to the project’s enormous contribution to the compliance of European Directive 94/2014, and to the development of natural gas mobility in the market as an alternative fuel.
Vehicular natural gas (VNG) plays a key role in sustainable mobility in order to achieve better air quality and comply with the environmental obligations that we must address as a country.
According to GASNAM´s press release, it reduces unhealthy air quality pollutants to “almost zero”: eliminating almost 100% of NO2 emissions and 96% of PM volatile particles, which are key factors in people’s health.
ECO-GATE is run by a consortium of more than 20 companies from Spain (24), Portugal (3), France (1) and Germany (1). The following contribute as natural gas operators: Gas Natural Madrid, Enagas Transporte, Dourogás Natural, Endesa Energia, Agas Siglo XXI, Galp Energia, EDP, Repsol, Gas Natural Europe, Inversora Melofe and Molgas Energía.
The following contribute as technologies and services providers: Cetil Dispensing Technology, Soltel It Solutions, Fundacion Cidaut, Evarm Innovacion, Tras-Os-Montes and Alto Douro University, Imdea Energía Foundation, Audigna, Ghenova Ingeniería or Madisa and as end users: Correos , San José López and EMT Palma.
Also acting as experts in market knowledge and promotion are: Gasnam, Port Authority of Gijón, Port Authority of Huelva, University of Santiago de Compostela and Soulman Insightful Thinking.