Greece’s Blue Grid, Elinoil to launch first LNG station in Q1 2024

Greece’s Elinoil and compatriot Blue Grid, a unit of Molgas, plan to launch their first LNG and CNG fueling station for vehicles in Greece in the first quarter of 2024.

According to a statement by one of the largest fuel retailers in Greece, Elinoil, the station will be located in Attica (Thriassio area).

“This partnership combines Blue Grid’s expertise in LNG supply and distribution with the extensive geographical presence of Elin’s network and will play a crucial role in the promotion of alternative fuels in Greece,” the firm said.

Moreover, “Elin’s entry into the LNG-CNG market is part of the implementation of its strategic plan for the transformation of its network into integrated energy stations, while at the same time it is in line with its broader commitment to promote sustainability,” it said.

Back in 2021, Elinoil and Blue Grid created Greece’s first LNG fuel supplier for road transport, BlueFuel, to develop a nationwide network of filling stations for heavy-duty vehicles, enabling the use of LNG as a road fuel in Greece but also the wider region.

Elinoil transferred its 50 percent share in the JV to Blue Grid last year.

Earlier this year, Blue Grid and Mytilineos also completed the first truck loading operation at DESFA’s LNG import terminal located on the island of Revithoussa.

The two firms are supplying LNG via trucks from the terminal to Greek industrial users.

Gmobility’s data shows that Greece currently has no LNG filling stations for vehicles.

Europe has 669 LNG filling stations and Germany and Italy host the largest number of such stations with 169 and 140 stations, respectively, the data shows.

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