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Shell opens first LNG filling station in Hungary

International energy company Shell has opened its first filling station offering liquefied natural gas (LNG) in Hungary in the whole CEE region.

Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó who attended the inauguration ceremony emphasised that the new filling station will contribute to the achievement of Hungary’s emission reduction targets, as LNG can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, thus the spread of LNG in road transport, especially in road freight transport, is a huge step in the direction of cutting emissions globally.

István Kapitány, Shell’s Global Vice President, stated that carbon neutrality is one of the biggest challenges of the transport sector and also one of the main objectives of Shell’s strategy. “LNG can be one of the possible solutions,” he underlined, adding that the new station can support the supply of LNG as truck fuel within Hungary and for freight traffic to countries like Austria, Czechia, Germany, Romania, Slovenia and Slovakia.

Shell’s first LNG station in Hungary is located on the M0 ring road connecting a series of Trans-European corridors. The company’s goal is to run a network of LNG stations across Hungary as well as Europe, along the continent’s major international transport routes, to help its clients’ decarbonisation efforts, informed the company.

Compared to diesel, LNG can contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the case of trucks, while bio-LNG can reduce emissions to zero, Shell explained noting that the new station in Szigetszentmiklós will supply trucks in Hungary with LNG, and later with bio-LNG as well.

The opening of the new filling station comes after Shell Hungary has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with multiple energy and transport stakeholders on accelerating the energy transition and reducing carbon emissions in the commercial road transport sector last week.

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