A natural gas filling station for vehicles, the fourth such facility in Estonia, has opened in the resort town of Pärnu.
The city-owned station will be mainly used to fill up environmentally-friendly public transport buses. It will be serviced and maintained by the gas supplier Eesti Gaas.
Pärnu Mayor Toomas Kivimägi told ETV that the coordination with Eesti Gaas and other parties involved in setting up the station went quickly and smoothly.
Two of the five LNG-powered buses purchased for the city were delivered by the Road Administration last month.
“We are very glad that the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Road Administration have valued environment-friendly buses and offered five buses to Pärnu,” Kivimägi said.
Andrei Mändla, chairman of bus operator Go Bus, said that though bus maintenance is more expensive compared with diesel-engine buses, gas prices are much cheaper. Overall, the prices should be cheaper for the clients, he said.
Eesti Gaas is currently building another gas station to Narva. The company estimates that there are around 300 gas-powered vehicles in Estonia.
By comparison, Finland has approximately 20 natural gas stations. Latvia has none.