Cleaner ride, lower costs
A CNG pioneer in the Baltic states
Natural gas is a reasonable fuel in road transport with compressed natural gas (CNG) being used primarily for city and inter city transport and liquefied natural gas (LNG) showing great potential for international road haulage.
Elenger operates the biggest CNG station network in Estonia under Eesti Gaas brand name. Besides natural gas, customers can also refuel biomethane.
EU Member States have established minimum requirements for their CNG and LNG refuelling infrastructure. The goal is, by 2025, to cover the EU main road network with CNG filling stations at least every 150 km and LNG gas stations at least every 400 km.
Elenger aims to be part of that development in the Baltic region.
Advantages of natural gas in transport
- Environmentally friendly – CO2 emissions from natural gas are about 25% lower than from petrol. Only carbon dioxide and water vapour remain from the combustion of natural gas while in the burning of petrol also poisonous carbon monoxide, nitrous oxide, hydrocarbons, carbon black and other fine particles are released in addition to CO2. Because natural gas is transported through pipeline there is less wear and tear on roads and railways and noise and vehicle exhaust are avoided.
- Refuelling is simple, clean and safe.
- More vehicles – The CNG car contains a bi-fuel engine powered by both gas and petrol. When the gas runs out the car automatically switches to petrol. CNG vehicles are produced in factories alongside traditional cars, ensuring their safety and effectiveness. Many large automotive companies now include CNG vehicles in their model line-up and the selection of LNG trucks has expanded as well.
- A pioneer for future fuel – natural gas is pioneering biomethane which is a renewable source of energy and an important future fuel. Biomethane is a purified biogas, equal in quality to natural gas and thus can be transported through the same pipelines. Biogas is produced during the fermentation process of garbage, animal waste and sewage sludge.