The international routes in the Mediterranean area are used by known fleet operators like Fercam, Transportes Mariné, HAM, Transportes Monfort or Transportes Noriega with a really good outcome in terms of consumption. Undoubtedly the location of Mariné station – built by Gas Natural Fenosa reciently – near Barcelona, is very suitable to make the Mediterrean corridor feasible. Some of them, like Fercam or HAM have already run 80,000 and 220,000 km on average respectively since the demonstration started.
Moreover Portuguese logistics companies like Luis Simoes and Pablo Duarte are already enjoying LNG trucks benefits by refuelling at the Dourogas LNG station in Carregado. On average, 90 refuellings are made a month at this facility.
The northernmost station in the Med corridor is located in Italy, which was built by ENI, being the first station in the project. Up to 470 refuellings have been registered per month at this station, paving the way for the Italian market and for more investments to come.
One of the biggest beneficiaries is Logicompany LC3 with 5 Euro V trucks and 50 more within a year with Euro VI technology are being driven in the demonstration period.
The three truck models available in the Blue Corridors project, Iveco Stralis, Mercedes/Hardstaff and Volvo FM Dual Fuel, are used to transport goods on all the routes displayed. Both drivers and fleet operators stress the low fuel expenses of LNG vehicles when it is time to crunch numbers.
Those trucks using dedicated engine technology that are monitored in detail run with a solid average consumption of 28.3 Kg of LNG per 100 km, with no additional fuel expenses.
Beside the cost reduction noticed on Euro VI versions, some maintenance intervals have been extended, for example, spark plugs are now changed at 90,000 km instead of 60,000 km, allowing an extra 10% TCO reduction.
The engines using dual fuel performance have a registered consumption on average of 10.7 Kg beside a 20.5 L per 100 km of diesel consumption