The EU member states selects CEF-Transport action cHAMeleon for stimulating the Liquefied Natural Gas as fuel for road transport



The European Commission, through the Executive Agency for Innovation and Networks (INEA), has funded the cHAMeleon initiative among the projects submitted for the 2015 Connect Europe Facility (CEF) Transport Calls to stimulate the implementation of the network of refueling infrastructure. LNG, creating LNG market in new European Areas and promoting the growth of the LNG market in the road transport sector.

This action is led by HAM CRIOGÉNICA, a Spanish company leader in Europe in the design, construction and operation of all types of LNG and CNG facilities, such as regasification plants and refueling stations for LNG and L-CNG, as well as terminals for refueling. In addition, the initiative also has ENOSLNG as a partner, which is a Slovenian company responsible for the development of the LNG market in the region. They develop their own natural gas liquefaction technology and have a small LNG plant.

The general objective of the action is to study the LNG transport market in the Mediterranean Corridor (Barcelona-Ljubljana) through innovative approaches and technologies to enable the rapid deployment of natural gas as an alternative clean fuel in an intelligent and economic way.


cHAMeleon investigates the technological and operational options to carry out improvements in the LNG infrastructure, including vehicles, and the LNG logistics service focused on reducing installation and operation costs and making LNG an attractive viable alternative commercial fuel . The research will also address the relationship between the business and the client in order to adequately address the needs of the client in the different geographical areas.

During action 3, the L-CNG loading stations will be deployed at 3 strategic points along the Mediterranean Corridor, at the Port of Barcelona (Spain), at La Jonquera (Spain) and at Ljubljana (Slovenia).

In addition, within the framework of the Action, data will be collected in order to define the deployment plan of a complete network along the Mediterranean corridor. The data will be collected through the test operation and monitoring of the 3 stations implemented within the framework of the Action, as well as 2 additional stations in Italy and 1 in France, all located at strategic points in the Mediterranean corridor .

The cHAMeleon project is fully aligned with Directive 2014/94 / EU of the European Parliament and Council of October 22, 2014. This Directive defines a common framework of measures for the deployment of alternative fuel infrastructures in the European Union in order to to minimize dependence on oil and to mitigate the environmental impact of transport. It establishes the minimum requirements for the construction of infrastructure for alternative fuels, including networks of LNG stations with non-discriminatory access for LNG ships and road vehicles. The current lack of infrastructure is the key barrier for the development of the market for vehicles fueled by LNG. Therefore, interventions are necessary to stimulate the implementation of said infrastructure.

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