Buquebus, a tourism and river transport company between Argentina and Uruguay, announces a new step towards its goal of sustainable development after having incorporated a modular “Galileo Patagonia” LNG refueling station and two Scania trucks powered entirely by the same type of energy.
This initiative is in addition to the one that had begun eight years ago with the acquisition of the Francisco vessel and the installation of a modular liquefaction plant installed in San Vicente, Province of Buenos Aires, which was developed by the Argentine company Galileo Technologies to provide the LNG that gives impetus to the modern vessel.
“At Galileo we always believed in the value of being pioneers and innovators, and that is our long history: we started in 1983, when we introduced CNG, we developed it in Argentina and later exported it to the world. Then, with a lot of work and passion, in 2013 we started supplying Buquebus with equipment, sharing the dream of Juan Carlos López Mena and his LNG project. Thus, this plant became the first nano LNG to feed the Pope Francisco ship, which, incidentally, is the fastest in the world”, emphasized Juan Ojanguren, Executive Vice President of Galileo Energía.
The modular Galileo Patagonia® LNG filling stations are designed to be installed in industrial or logistics centers and service stations, without the need for connection to conventional gas networks. Its hoses allow dispensing up to 150 liters of LNG per minute (l/min).
Juan Carlos López Mena, Chairman of the Buquebus Group, highlighted the potential of this type of clean fuel and stated: “Imagine all of Argentina with liquefied gas. Today there are thousands of trucks polluting one hundred percent that would become much less. It is a huge amount of CO2 that would stop going into the atmosphere, and at a much lower economic cost. With Galileo technology, Scania and Buquebus transport, we are putting a grain of sand for all Argentine transport. I think the most exciting is there”.
With Vaca Muerta, the country has the second unconventional natural gas reserve in the world, as well as countless non-connected gas resources and the technology to take advantage of them. Due to its abundance and low cost, natural gas is an opportunity to make Argentine economy more competitive and achieve greater national integration. Along these lines, Ojanguren stated that “thanks to this project we can distribute this technology throughout the country and we will be able to promote the development of regional economies, we will substantially lower the cost of transportation, which is very important for the country, and we also do a gigantic contribution to the environment. LNG is the starting point of a certain and achievable energy transition for our country and for the region, because the gas is Argentine and the technology is too”.
For their part, the Scania Green Efficiency trucks make Buquebus one of the first companies in the world to incorporate this technology since the brand new units are powered exclusively with LNG (liquefied natural gas). The main objective is to increase efficiency, reduce noise impact and reduce carbon dioxide emissions compared to conventional diesel versions.
“The path to sustainable and efficient transportation must be addressed by all the links that make up the sector. These trucks in our Green Efficiency line were designed to run exclusively on LNG, and Buquebus’ choice for this type of alternative fuel is essential to continue reducing polluting emissions”, commented Andrés Leonard, CEO of Scania.
The Governor of the province of Buenos Aires, Axel Kicillof, and the Mayor of San Vicente, Nicolás Mantegazza, also participated in the announcement.