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The first Shell Liquefied Natural Gas station in Belgium

25th June 2018

Belgium’s first Shell Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) site has now opened to the public. Global infrastructure services firm AECOM delivered a range of multidisciplinary services over the past two years on behalf of Shell, including full project management and construction capabilities throughout construction of the site.

Belgium’s first Shell Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) site

The New To Industry site has been constructed in Herstal, Rue du Hermée. AECOM was awarded the EPCM contract for Shell Retail’s Capital Development Program in the Benelux in 2016.  As a constructor  of LNG stations, most recently in the Netherlands, AECOM oversaw activities ranging from civil design, permitting, tendering and scheduling, to construction and commissioning and testing of the LNG equipment. Following completion, AECOM is now responsible for management of  maintenance of the LNG station.

LNG is a clear, colorless and non-toxic liquid which forms when natural gas is cooled to -162ºC (-260ºF). The cooling process shrinks the volume of the gas 600 times, making it easier and safer to store and ship. In its liquid state, LNG will not ignite. 

Heavy-duty truck fleet owners are increasingly choosing LNG fuel over traditional diesel because it can be cost-competitive for trucks that cover long distances. It is cleaner than diesel in terms of sulphur, particulates and nitrogen oxides, and can help reduce well-to-wheel greenhouse gas emissions.

Jay Lo-Fo-Wong, Operations Manager NTI-NTS (NL) - Future Fuels (BeLux) at AECOM said: “I’m incredibly proud to be part of the delivery of an unique asset to the Shell Belgium network, which is the result of joint effort and collaboration of Shell, AECOM, contractors and suppliers.”

LNG is rapidly playing a bigger role in the energy mix, and the market for it is expected to grow at around 5% annually. Global demand could increase from about 240 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) to around 430 mtpa in 2025. For comparison, just 80,000 tonnes of LNG were shipped by two carriers in 1964, the first year of the LNG trade.

 

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