First CNG refuelling stations network in Romania
The Association of Producers and Users of Natural Compressed Gas announced the launch of EUR 5.2 million project to build the first network of nine specialized filling stations in Romania.
„The project started very hard, because it’s something new. But the nine stations that we want to make through this project are only the beginning. We won’t stop here, we’ll continue to cover Romania with stations of liquid natural gas,” Dumitru Becsenescu, President of Antares Group, stated.
Antares Group, one of the most popular groups of companies with Romanian capital, opened the first compressed natural gas (CNG) refuelling station in Romania in November 2015 in Ramnicu Valcea, after an investment of EUR 3.2 million. The total investment of 5.2 million euro, will run until 2019 and benefits from a non-refundable contribution of 4.4 million euro grant from the CEF Program of the European Commission. The project is developed by Denisson Energy SRL, a member of Antares Group, and the Association of Producers and Users of Compressed Natural Gas – CNG (Romanian CNG Association).
The CNG refuelling stations will be deployed in major cities located along the European core network corridors Rhine-Danube & Orient/East-Med: Arad, Bucharest, Constanta, Craiova Deva, Drobeta Turnu Severin, Sibiu, Pitesti and Timisoara helping to improve sustainable mobility within the country and EU.
At the opening of the first CNG refuelling station in Romania, Antares Group was announcing that they were prepared to invest in this area and to create a national network of CNG refuelling stations that will allow users to travel anywhere in the country and in Europe. Until 2015, Romania was the only European Union continental member state without refuelling stations for CNG vehicles, although there is a European Directive which says that by 2025, all Member States must have such stations at every 150-km distance on their segments of TEN-T core network.
According to Dumitru Becsenescu, the lack of appetite for investment in this area was justified by three factors: the absence of a market, too high investment costs and, not the least, because of an incomplete legislation in this area until recently. “We seized this opportunity and overcame all the difficulties due to my desire to create something that will mater, to be able to offer our children a better future”, Becsenescu underlined.
Compressed Natural Gas vehicles provide clean power for transport and are quieter than diesel-engine vehicles. A CNG vehicle can reach an autonomy of over 500 km and it is on average 50% more economical.