TOTAL TO FUEL EUROPEAN TRANSPORT WITH NATURAL GAS
French multinational integrated oil and gas company Total inaugurated its first natural gas fueling station in France, in Nantes. Natural gas fuel is an alternative fuel primarily used by distribution trucks and by public transport buses. Another 15 stations will be opened this year, followed by an additional 10 per year.
The aim is to create a network of 110 outlets — either Total or AS24, the Group affiliate specialized in marketing fuel to truckers and transporters — supplying natural gas fuel in France.
Total already has a network of 450 natural gas fueling stations worldwide. The Group markets compressed natural gas (CNG) in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Egypt, Pakistan and now in France. It opened its first liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueling station in 2015, in Belgium, near the port of Antwerp.
Targeting the transportation sector in Europe, Total will continue the deployment of a dense enough network to meet the needs of its customers. The Group plans to open more than 200 natural gas fueling stations, including 110 in France. The priorities will be accelerating growth in markets where Total is already active in natural gas fuel (Germany and the Benelux countries) and further expansion in France, where demand is expected to grow in response to the requirements of the E.U. directive of October 22, 2014 on the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure.
Total Marketing and Services is a member of NGVA Europe.