Shell opens Turkey’s first LNG station


Shell & Turcas launched first LNG fueling site in Turkey, on the Anatolian Motorway. Turkey now becomes the fourth European country where Shell operates an LNG station for road transport. The facility is located in Sapanca on the Istanbul-Ankara highway which receives the highest volumes of international transport traffic.

Turcas Petrol said the opening of the facility marks the start of a new era in Turkey’s road transport offering a new alternative fuel for the segment. Setting up this filling station was the company response to the growing demand for alternative energy sources in Turkey.

“In this way, we will be able to see an increase in the number of trucks using LNG fuel on the roads in a much shorter period of time. We will continue to give our best support,” said Cem Murat Yildirim, General Manager of the Transport and Infrastructure Ministry of Hazardous Substances and Combined Transport, who also added they want to increase the number of LNG filling stations to support the logistics sector.

“We expect the number of LNG vehicles to increase to 10% of the truck fleet in our country soon. One of the major advantages of LNG is that it is environmentally friendly as well as it provides fuel saving,” commented Ali Bilaloğlu, Doğuş Otomotiv CEO. “The concept of carbon footprint gains importance day by day and that the demand for alternative fuel vehicles will increase rapidly.”

“Demand for energy in the world is increasing, and that this demand needs to use more and cleaner alternative energy sources,” added Shell Turkey Country President Ahmet Erdem. “LNG, which has a lower import cost compared to diesel, will have a positive impact on the current account deficit when used in road transport.”

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