French energy giant Total has inaugurated France’s largest filling station exclusively dedicated to Natural Gas for Vehicle (NGV) and bioNGV, with the onsite presence of French Minister Delegate for Transport Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, Total said on February 12.
Located at the heart of the logistics platform of Gennevilliers, the second largest fluvial port in Europe, this station is now open 24/7 to professionals (B2B) and B2C customers. It will be operated by Total for the next 10 years.
This concession has been attributed to Total by Sigeif Mobilités (a semi-public company founded by Sigeif and the Caisse des Dépôts) through a tender, Total said, adding that it will support the development of new mobilities in the Île-de-France region and will become a strategic location for NGV and bioNGV supply for the Grand Paris area (which includes the City of Paris & its 130 surrounding cities) and beyond.
This Total-branded station will distribute NGV as Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and will be supplied to the site by GRTgaz, for the first time in France through its high-pressure gas delivery network, the French energy giant said, adding that the station will be able to distribute up to 100% of bioNGV, as users have the possibility to choose and adjust -directly at the pump and contractually for B2B customers- between several rates of biomethane incorporation.
“This opening of France largest NGV and bioNGV filling station is a source of pride for our teams,” Total Marketing France Guillaume Larroque said. “Our ambition is clear: to become a leader in NGV and bioNGV distribution in Europe, with 450 Total-operated stations by 2025 including 110 in France. This station is also a model for our future developments in Europe where Total is committed to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 or sooner, for the products used by our customers. Our objective of a 50% rate of biomethane incorporation will directly contribute to it,” he added.
Sem Sigeif Mobilités President Jean-Jacques Guillet said this station within the Port of Gennevilliers is an essential infrastructure, fitting into the ongoing plan to improve air quality in the Île-de-France region. “The companies located at the Port have now the possibility to use a clean fuel for their urban deliveries in Paris and its western neighboring cities, all to be covered by a Low-emission Zone currently under implementation,” he said.
Djebbari hailed the opening of France’s largest NGV and bioNGV filling station for trucks.
“Companies dedicated to the transportation by road of goods and people are in constant search for alternatives solutions to diesel for their own energy mix. Beyond the steep reduction in CO2 emissions, the advantage of NGV and bioNGV technologies is their immediate availability, widespread among all segments. We have renewed the support policies for these vehicles until end-2024, in order to provide companies with visibility and to allow them to engage in this transition,” he said.