Two years ago, Lipigas began its plans to build the first green LNG corridor for heavy cargo transportation in Chile, and now announced that new service stations will join the project. These new facilities will supply LNG trucks: one will be located in Paine, Metropolitan Region, and will be operational in December of this year; and the other one in Puerto Montt, Los Lagos, and is expected to begin operating in March 2024. Together, they are anticipated to supply more than 100 heavy vehicles.
“LNG is an efficient, proven and available option for reducing CO2 on the planet. It is a more sustainable alternative, which allows us to significantly reduce the emissions generated by diesel fuel and the emissions of particulate matter by 96%, in addition to contributing to considerably mitigating noise pollution,” said Esteban Rodríguez, Manager of LNG, Biofuels and Green Hydrogen Business of Empresas Lipigas.
“These two new stations that are added to the network will allow us to reach more vehicles with this alternative and in the near future be able to offer them renewable liquefied natural gas, an even more sustainable option that we are already working on and that we hope to have available by the end of 2024,” he added.
Both facilities add to those opened in Tabolango, Valparaíso Region, in 2022; and in Linares, Maule Region, in 2021. In this way, the company advances in the construction of the first clean energy corridor for heavy cargo transportation in Chile. Its plan is to install service stations at strategic points to supply trucks that operate with LNG from the north to the south of the country.
For the above, Lipigas acquired 60% of Limagas Natural Movilidad, a Peruvian company through which it plans to build and operate CNG and LNG service stations in that country. In the future, this acquisition will contribute to the extension of the corridor internationally.
The company also assured that natural gas will continue to be a highly consumed and relevant energy in Chile. This is why, as part of the growth, transformation and diversification strategy, they are working on innovations to make gas increasingly efficient and sustainable. To achieve this goal, Lipigas will build a plant for the production of bio-LNG.
Located in the Ñuble Region, the plant – which involved an investment of USD 8 million – will have the capacity to process between 7,500 and 16,500 m3 of renewable LNG daily and will be operational by the end of 2024.