Natural gas vehicles
RAG’s first self-service natural gas filling station, located at the company’s site in Gampern, Upper Austria (near Vöcklabruck), opened to the public in 2014, and a second station at Krift near Kremsmünster was opened in June 2016. Both are available 24 hours a day. More filling stations will be opened in RAG’s exploration and production areas in the coming years, opening up consumer access to environmentally friendly, affordable natural gas as a fuel for vehicles. As a producer of natural gas and operator of gas storage facilities, RAG can guarantee a crisis-proof supply of fuel at stable prices over the long term. RAG is also leading a research project for underground storage of wind and solar energy (www.underground-sun-storage.at), which aims to provide renewable gas for use in vehicles. Building on the research conducted so far, for the first time the Underground Sun Conversion project will enable production of natural gas directly within a gas reservoir using a microbiological process initiated specifically for this purpose by RAG, and to store it in the same reservoir.
In addition, we offer custom solutions to commercial and industrial enterprises, utilising our extensive experience in plant engineering and gas plant operations, such as works compressed natural gas (CNG) filling stations. In 2015, RAG’s first plant for producing liquefied natural gas (LNG) was commissioned. The process involves cooling methane to a very low temperature, so that it is converted into a depressurised liquid state. The volume of the gas shrinks by a factor of 600, but it retains the same amount of energy. LNG is already used in some European countries as a fuel for heavy goods vehicles, and is seen as the fuel of the future due to its many advantages. A significant reduction in CO2 emissions from vehicles is essential to meet the targets set at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris in 2015. Greater use of CNG and LNG can make this possible.
Gas on the go
Natural gas is frequently required for testing purposes or as emergency supply in a variety of situations that occur in the operation of gas plants and transmission systems. Since gas cannot always be withdrawn from pipelines, RAG has acquired extensive experience in compressing natural gas (methane) to produce CNG, and in transporting CNG. This expertise is also available to our customers, forming part of the portfolio of products and services we offer.