On 16 May, the first compressed natural gas (CNG) filling station in Latvia was opened on the A6 national road in Jēkabpils. In order to further develop the CNG infrastructure in Latvia, over the course of this year, JSC “Virši-A” is planning to open two more CNG stations in Riga.
“Virši-A” invested over one million euros in the construction of their Jēkabpils CNG station, which offers not only compressed natural gas, but also the classic types of fuel, as well as other “Virši” products to its customers. The Jēkabpils service station is also the first to display the fully refreshed visual identity of the company.
CNG is compressed natural gas that consists mainly of methane. It has a higher energy content than petrol or diesel and it is a more economical and environmentally friendly fuel alternative. CNG infrastructure is also being developed in our neighbouring countries, with 15 public CNG stations in Estonia and five in Lithuania.
“The climate policy pursued by the European Union in recent years has been strongly promoting the use of alternative types of fuel, resulting in significant developments in the European CNG market. We are introducing CNG in Latvia, not only with its ecological qualities in mind, but also with the economic benefits that it will bring to our customers. I would like to thank our partners JSC "Latvijas gāze" and JSC "Gaso" for their help in implementing a project of this scale and economic significance in Latvia," says Jānis Vība, CEO of “Virši-A”.
Jānis Vība also points out that other countries’ experience in the implementation and development of the use of CNG shows the tendency of this eco-friendly product to initially be used by municipal fleets and only later by private companies and individuals. Currently, the number of CNG-powered cars in Latvia is small, however, with the development of the necessary infrastructure it is bound to increase significantly in the following years.
Advantages of CNG:
- Greater mileage: with a EUR 10 purchase of petrol, diesel, or CNG, the mileage for each type of fuel would be 178 km, 208 km and 277 km respectively.*A CNG-powered vehicle is as quick and easy to refuel as a petrol or diesel vehicle.
- Less air pollution: when compared to other types of fuel, CNG’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are 35% lower than those from petrol and 23% lower than those from diesel, while CNG’s nitrogen dioxide (NOx) emissions are 87% lower than those from petrol and 90% lower than those from diesel. In addition, compressed natural gas has 98% less fine dust emissions than petrol and diesel.**
- More economical: a 100 km long car journey would cost EUR 5.60 when using a petrol car, EUR 4.80 when using a diesel car and EUR 3.50 when using a CNG-powered car.*
* This calculation has been made by comparing the combined consumption (WLTP) of three equivalent Škoda vehicles: Octavia Combi 1.6 TDI 85 KW DSG; Octavia Combi 1.0 TSI 85 KW DSG; Octavia Combi 1.5 TGI 95 KW DSG. Fuel prices used in the calculation: E95 EUR 1.22, DD EUR 1.20, CNG EUR 0.98/kg
** Source: www.erdgas.info