Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, has revealed that multinational energy company Shell has inaugurated a filling station offering liquefied natural gas (LNG) in Szigetszentmiklós, next to the M0 motorway, its first in the region.
With the opening of the filling station, the foreign minister said Shell has entered Hungary’s LNG vehicle fuel market and contributes to the achievement of the government’s emissions reduction targets. Minister Szijjártó noted that road freight transport accounts for about 9% of greenhouse gas emissions globally, which could be reduced either by shifting to rail transport or using vehicle fuels with lower emissions. Using LNG in road freight transport reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 15-30% compared to normal fuels, so “it is a huge step towards reducing emissions globally,” Minister Szijjártó said. The minister noted that Shell was the oldest foreign player in the Hungarian vehicle fuel market and the first Western company with which Hungary signed a long-term gas purchase agreement. Under this contract, an annual 250 million cubic metres of gas is delivered to Hungary through an LNG port in Croatia, he added.