Continuing to develop the availability and infrastructure of CNG or compressed natural gas, the largest domestic fuel trader Virši has opened its second CNG station in Latvia. Virši gas station at 102A Lubānas iela is the first publicly available CNG filling station in Riga. The solemn launch event was honoured by the presence of the Minister for Transport Tālis Linkaits, as well as industry experts from AS Latvijas Gāze, AS Gaso, Škoda, Scania, IVECO, SEAT and others.
“Although CNG is an economically beneficial, environmentally friendly, safe and easy-to-use alternative fuel, the necessary infrastructure for it is just beginning to develop in our country. The CNG market is currently experiencing significant growth. We recognise that we need to create this market in Latvia ourselves, thus we are ready to invest and make the Latvian transport sector more environmentally friendly” emphasised Jānis Vība, Executive director of Virši.
The Minister for Transport Tālis Linkaits stated in his speech: “It is important for Latvia to meet its climate goals, and CNG, as an environmentally friendly alternative fuel for transportation, is one way to reach them. This is why it is so great that a public CNG filling station is now available not only in Jēkabpils, but also in Riga. Hopefully new CNG stations will be opened in other parts of Latvia in the near future.”
Whereas, the Minister of Economics Ralfs Nemiro, who was not able to attend the event, highlighted: “Notably, yesterday the Cabinet of Ministers conceptually endorsed the National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP 2021-2030), which, among others, includes measures for reducing GHG emissions in the transport sector. Supplying vehicles with compressed natural gas or CNG is one of the more cost-effective ways to increase competitiveness between businesses and to move away from using traditional fossil fuel. Although there is currently a small number of vehicles fuelled by CNG in Latvia, the initiative of Virši, together with planned policy measures, will contribute to further decarbonisation of the transport sector and the targeted reduction of air pollution.”
Virši invested over one million euros in the construction of the new station. It offers not only compressed natural gas, but also classic fuels, a wide range of meals, beverages, food and car care products as well as other services, such as, refillable windshield fluid, air, replacement of domestic gas cylinders, DPD pickup point, trailer rental.
CNG is compressed natural gas that mainly consists of methane. It is a more economical and ecological type of alternative fuel:
- CNG produces up to 30% less CO2 emissions than diesel and petrol, and up to 90% less of other emissions.
- The cost savings for the users of this fuel are at least 30% compared to diesel and petrol.
- Additional information on CNG and its benefits can be read here https://virsi.lv/en/products-and-services/cng
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Virši-A is the largest and fastest growing local fuel trader with more than 25 years of experience in the Latvian fuel trade industry. Currently, the Virši-A network has 63 power stations, 60 of which provide full-service, and more than 500 employees across all the regions of Latvia.