Con­ver­sion of 6,000 gas sta­tions to cost $6B

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Business -

NEW- gen­er­a­tion gas sta­tions, con­sist­ing of LPG (liq­ue­fied petroleum gas), LNG (liq­ue­fied nat­u­ral gas), CNG (com­pressed nat­u­ral gas) and elec­tric charg­ing sta­tions are on their way.

In ad­di­tion to the sale points such as mar­kets and cafes, free Wi-Fi will also be avail­able at the sta­tions, where the charg­ing time will be 45-50 min­utes. The con­ver­sion of a to­tal of 6,000 fuel sta­tions will cost $6 bil­lion.

Em­ploy­ers Union of En­ergy Petroleum Gas Sup­ply Sta­tions (EPGİS) Pres­i­dent Fe­sih Ak­taş shared the de­tails re­gard­ing the new gen­er­a­tion gas sta­tions at a press con­fer­ence.

Ak­taş stated that the gas sta­tion model of the fu­ture has been pre­pared, and that it will be in­tro­duced to the pub­lic with a launch­ing meet­ing in Septem­ber.

“We want to change the def­i­ni­tion of gas sta­tion and save it from fos­sil fuel. Be­cause fos­sil fu­els will be re­placed by other types of en­ergy in 10 years,” he said.

Not­ing that CNG, for ex­am­ple, is now be­ing used in heavy ve­hi­cles, Ak­taş said it is in­stalled at a dis­tance of 300-350 kilo­me­ters on the route from Is­tan­bul to the Mediter­ranean.

“New-gen­er­a­tion gas sta­tions will also in­clude LPG, LNG, CNG and elec­tric charg­ing sta­tions with an ap­prox­i­mate charg­ing time of 45-50 min­utes,” he added.

Ak­taş said the co­op­er­a­tive for­ma­tion has be­gun in elec­tric­ity, adding that in this form, it is pos­si­ble to pro­duce and sell en­ergy in-house.

“We think 5,000-6,000 sta­tions will make this trans­for­ma­tion in five years. Just like LPG’s big share in the petrol mar­ket, we pre­dict that 50 per­cent of the LPG mar­ket will be con­verted into a charg­ing for­mat. The seg­ment that uses LPG is the frac­tion that prefers cheap, and they will pre­fer to charge as well,” he said.

He ex­plained that the cost of es­tab­lish­ing a sta­tion is $500,000, ex­cept for the plot share, and added that the next-gen­er­a­tion gas sta­tions will cost $1 mil­lion.

De­scrib­ing the next-gen­er­a­tion fuel sta­tions as “en­ergy mar­kets,” Ak­taş said the sta­tions will in­clude cafes and free Wi-Fi, while pho­to­voltaic pan­els will be placed on the roof of the sta­tions to make use of the nat­u­ral en­ergy re­sources.

“If we can cre­ate so­lar fields by en­larg­ing our sta­tion vol­umes, we can pro­duce en­ergy in these ar­eas that we can sell at charg­ing sta­tions,” he added.

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