RAG’s first self-service natural gas filling station, located next to the Puchkirchen gas storage facility at the company’s site in Gampern, Upper Austria (near Vöcklabruck), has been open to the public 24 hours a day since 2014. More filling stations will be opened in RAG’s exploration and production areas in the coming years, opening up consumer access to environmentally friendly, affordable natural gas as a fuel for vehicles. As a producer of natural gas and operator of gas storage facilities, RAG can guarantee a crisis-proof supply of fuel at stable prices over the long term. RAG is also leading research projects for underground storage of wind and solar energy (www.underground-sun-storage.at / www.underground-sun-conversion.at), which aims to provide renewable gas for use in vehicles.
In addition, we offer custom solutions to commercial and industrial enterprises, utilising our extensive experience in plant engineering and gas plant operations, such as works compressed natural gas (CNG) filling stations. In 2015, RAG built its first liquefied natural gas (LNG) production plant. The process involves cooling methane to a very low temperature, so that it is converted into a depressurised liquid state. The volume of the gas shrinks by a factor of 600, but it retains the same amount of energy. LNG is already used in some European countries as a fuel for heavy goods vehicles, and is seen as the fuel of the future due to its many advantages.