The new Alexela gas station created the prerequisites for the greater deployment of renewable energy
With the support of the EIC, Alexela Eesti opened the first CNG, or compressed natural gas station in the Baltics in August 2017 in Võru, which creates a good opportunity for using more environmentally friendly biomethane as fuel in cars and buses.
Opening of the CNG station supports Estonia’s goal to increase the use of renewable energy in the transport sector by up to 10% by 2020 (according to Eurostat, the respective figure in 2015 was 0.4%). Compared to gasoline, the burning of CNG car gas creates 60% less carbon monoxide, 50% less hydrocarbon and 45% less nitrogen oxide. The need for a CNG station was created by the fact that there is no natural gas transmission network in Võru County. The new gas station is not connected to the natural gas pipeline; liquefied natural gas (LNG) is transferred to the gas station with vehicles, after which it is re-gasified. The first intended purpose of the gas station is to serve the buses of the county that run on gas, which so far could not be used due to the lack of a gas station in the region. In addition, CNG as car fuel is also gaining the favour of private consumers, who value environmental protection and cost saving.
Foto: Jaanus Tanilsoo
The cost for the establishment of the Võru gas station was EUR 373,000, out of which the support given under the European Union Cohesion Fund was EUR 130,000. Altogether, the EIC supports the establishment of gas station infrastructure capable of biomethane refuelling in different places all over Estonia with EUR 2,622,823.
Eduard Sizov, the head of EIC’s energy area:
I am happy that the first gas station with biomethane refuelling capacity has been completed under this support measure and that the people in Võru can use transport running on compressed natural gas. Through this activity we hope to boost the more extensive use of alternative and eco-friendly fuels in Estonia.