“SG Dujos” has opened an important compressed natural gas (CNG) filling station in Vilnius for enthusiasts of environmentally friendly vehicles. Located at 42 Panerių street, the LNG filling terminal is open twenty-four-hour and is available to all users.
“The Lithuanian and European authorities, as well as each of us, have become increasingly aware of the problems of climate change. Taking into consideration the growing demand, we are expanding the network of public CNG stations in the largest cities of Lithuania so that all followers of Eco-friendly fuels could appreciate the benefits of natural gas vehicles, could easily travel from one city to another and refuel their cars. We also plant to adapt and make the existing infrastructure more convenient both for enterprises with small fleets and private individuals, motivate purchasing the CNG car models, which are now actively offered by major motor manufacturers”, - says Mr. Virginijus Korsakas, Director of “SG Dujos”.
“SG Dujos” has opened seven CNG filling stations in Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipėda, Šiauliai, Marijampolė, Telšiai and Ukmergė, as well as the first stationary industrial liquefied natural gas (LNG) station in Viečiūnai. It is planned that in the years 2020-2021 “SG Dujos” will construct the first open-type CNG / LNG stations for a long-distance transport that will be located near Panevėžys and Kalvarija, and will also equip the open-type CNG stations in Kaunas and Lazdėnai. It is expected that after the opening of new filling stations in strategically important places of Lithuania, the natural gas will become an attractive alternative for international long-distance lorry drivers and cargo companies.
According to Mr. Korsakas, today in Lithuania more than 300 cars are CNG-driven. The majority of them are city buses operating on CNG. However, following the last year’s improvement in the tax situation and the cancellation of the excise tax on natural gas used as fuel for vehicles, there has been a sharp increase in new users, both commercial companies and private individuals. “At the moment, we have already signed more than 100 cooperation agreements with our regular customers. We are pleased that a new station in Vilnius will be regularly used by the garbage pickup and recycling company “Ekonovus”, which was the first in Lithuania to purchase the CNG garbage trucks”, - says Mr. Korsakas.
The data of CNG and LNG car models from different manufacturers allow stating that with a CNG car you can cover a distance of 500 km, with a LNG car – 1500 km. The gas engines have the lowest environmental impact in comparison with all other types of internal combustion engines. If compared to diesel engines, CO2 emissions are reduced by 15 per cent when using natural gas (methane), and by 90 per cent when using biogas (biomethane).
Moreover, “SG Dujos” is the founder of hydrogen fuel use in Lithuania – three CNG stations in Telšiai, Ukmergė and Marijampolė use hydrogen in addition to natural gas. The possibilities of using hydrogen as fuel are developed by the Research Laboratory of Alternative Fuels established by “SG Dujos” in Pabradė, where the research is carried out in cooperation with Vilnius Gediminas Technical University and the international vehicle manufacturers “Scania” and “Iveco”.