NEWS IN BRIEF
Enoc Group has signed a Memorandum of
Understanding with Malta’s state-owned
fuel supplier and distributor, Enemed, to
strengthen cooperation for capital projects
in Malta and other international markets.
Phillips 66 has taken on four fuel filling
sites in the North of England through the
acquisition of their operating company NJB
Total S.A. has inaugurated its new lubricants
oil blending plant, strategically located
in the Kaluga region of Russia. The blending
and production plant will allow Total to localize
the production of its top-tier lubricants
for the Russian market.
Colruyt Group has opened its first green
public hydrogen filling station at the DATS
24 filling station in Halle, Germany. Customers
can buy conventional and green fuels
at the site, as well as 100% green hydrogen
that is produced using renewable electricity
from energy specialist Eoly.
Croatian petrol company Crodux has
announced new investements in Croatia.
The company hopes to have 96 sites by
mid 2019, with the first new build station
opening in Zadar.
Neste and BP have signed an agreement
to collaborate on increasing the supply and
availability of sustainable aviation fuel for
airline customers. The fuel will be made
by blending conventional, fossil-based
kerosene with renewable hydrocarbons. One
source for renewable hydrocarbons could be
recycled cooking oil.
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France’s EDF wants to dominate
electric vehicle charging market
French state-owned utility EDF plans to become
the leader in electric vehicle charging in Europe, a
potentially lucrative, but already crowded, sector.
EDF Chief Executive Jean-Bernard Levy said the
company was targeting a 30 percent market share
in electric vehicle charging in France, Belgium, Italy
and the United Kingdom, aiming to supply power
for 600,000 electric vehicles by 2022.
“We want to become the uncontested leader
in electric mobility in Europe by 2022,” Levy told
reporters. EDF estimates that electric vehicles
(EV) will make up 30 percent of all new cars sold in
its four core European markets by 2030, or at the
latest by 2035.
Via its Sodetrel unit, the company aims to
deploy 75,000 EV charging stations in Europe by
2022 and give its European customers access to
250,000 terminals operated by other providers.
The electric vehicle plan is Levy’s third big renewable
energy investment, following a 25 billion
euro ($29 billion) push into solar power announced
in December 2017 and an eight billion euro investment
in power storage in March.
Some of EDF’s competitors, such as Engie and
several German and Scandinavian utilities, made
EV charging a key part of their strategy well before
the French group, but Levy rejected the idea that
EDF was late to the game. “I like to think that we
are early, in fact. At any rate, what matters in a
race is not where you are at the starting line, but
where you are at the finish line,” he said.
New petrol pump labelling system to be
implemented across Europe
This month a new fuel labelling system has started
to be phased in at petrol stations across Spain.
The EU system will not be based on the octane
rating, but will consist of letters and numbers
framed in squares, circles or diamonds, depending
on whether it is petrol, diesel or gas.
The aim is to make it easier to buy fuel when
travelling abroad, as the new system will be implemented
in all member states, as well as Iceland,
Turkey, Serbia, Norway, Switzerland, Macedonia
But it is predominantly driven by the EU’s wish
to reduce dependency on Arab oil producing countries,
and to extend the use of alternatives that
reduce CO2 emissions.
Under the new scheme, petrol will be displayed
using a circle, the letter E will be used to indicate
its content of ethanol, together with the percentage
content of the substance
As such, there will be petrol E5, currently known
as 95, E10 (98) and E85. With diesel, the B relates
to the content of biodiesel, followed by a number
seven or 10.
Gases will change to H2 for hydrogen, CNG
(compressed natural gas), LNG (liquefied gas) and
LPG (liquefied petroleum gas).
Aral & Auchan team up for Luxembourg C-Stores
Luxembourg’s leading service station operator Aral
and Auchan Retail Luxembourg have joined forces
to launch the country’s first My Auchan convenience
store in Schifflange.
Aral’s Schifflange service station is the first in
Luxembourg to adopt the My Auchan concept,
giving customers the opportunity to combine their
visit to the service station with a quick and easy
shopping experience including a range of fresh
products to eat in or take away.
Customers will now be able to purchase
everyday groceries and other essentials. “We
noticed that our customers’ habits were changing,
particularly when it came to what they expected
of our stores”, explains Managing Director of Aral
Luxembourg Romain Hoffmann.
“We hope that this new store concept, developed
in conjunction with our partner Auchan Retail
Luxembourg, will allow us to meet demand with a
highly appealing grocery offering in addition to our
cutting-edge range of Ultimate fuel products”.
The My Auchan grocery offering is much more
extensive than the range of products currently
sold at the Aral service station, offering customers
a wider selection of fresh products, fruit and vegetables
along with ready-prepared meals.