In preparation for the acceptance of new compressed natural gas-powered eco-friendly buses in Klaipeda City, a CNG compressor filling station operating in Klaipeda Bus Fleet since 2007 was renewed by greatly increasing its capacity.
At the end of March, the company UAB “SG dujos” running the compressor station increased its output rate of compressed natural gas more then 5 times – it will be able to fill even two thousand cubic meters of compressed natural gas per hour (so far, only 375 cubic meters of compressed natural gas was filled per hour). The renewed compressor station is equipped with a special gas tank, as so far, the natural gas compressor station operating in Klaipeda used to take the gas directly from the pipeline, and upon the changes, it became possible to accumulate the gas in the special container. It will allow storing up to 5 thousand cubic metres of gas.
Upon the arrival of the twelve new natural gas-powered buses, the bus fleet has grown from 9 to 21 buses, moreover, about 15 individuals driving LNG-powered cars in Klaipeda use the services of the compressor station on a regular basis, and in summer, tourists from Western Europe, especially Italy and Germany, join the ranks of its customers.
Another good news for the residents and visitors of Klaipeda City is the plan to start operating the CNG filling compressor station round-the clock already from this June; it will be equipped with a cash payment self-service terminal and the customers will be able to fill up the gas on their own.
According to Mr. Virginijus Korsakas, the General Manager of the company “SG dujos”, natural gas is rapidly making its way in the Lithuanian green fuel market – during these latter years, the country’s natural gas compressor network has grown up to four stations, this eco-friendly fuel can now be filled in Klaipeda, Vilnius, Kaunas, Siauliai. “Klaipeda was the first city to have believed in the idea of this eco-friendly fuel and enabled us to equip here the first compressor station in Lithuania. Today, we see that this idea has served the purpose – people are now able not only to ride on the new buses, but also breathe much cleaner air “, – said Mr. V. Korsakas.