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Andamur and Molgas inaugurate their first Natural Gas Station in Guarromán (Jaén)

 

The inauguration of the Natural Gas Station of  Andamur y Molgas in Guarromán was attended by the CEOs of the companies that have participated in this project. Miguel Ángel López CEO of Andamur, Fernando Sarasola CEO of Molgas Energía, Marcelino Oreja CEO of Enagás, Fernando Impuesto CEO of Enagás Emprende and Óscar Maciñeiras CEO of Scale Gas.

Guarromán’s Service Area thus becomes the first Multi-Energy Station in Andamur capable of supplying gas, electricity and traditional fuel.

For Molgas this is its ninth Natural Gas Station, thus extending the network stations that the company has in Spain.

Andamur and Molgas customers can already refuel Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) in the first of their Natural Gas Stations in the Andamur Guarromán Service Area. This is the result of the collaboration agreement between both companies.

The new Natural Gas Station of Andamur and Molgas has a LNG pump for heavy vehicles and a double CNG pump for trucks, cars or vans. 24 hours open, it is free access and accepts debit and credit cards, as well as fuel cards from both companies.

Scale Gas, a startup born out of Enagás’ corporateventuring programme, Enagás Emprende, dedicated to small-scale infrastructure and logistics solutions, is in charge of the integral management of the natural gas station.

Before the end of the year, another supply point is expected to be opened in the Andamur La Junquera Service Area as a result of the agreement between Andamur and Molgas.

For Miguel Ángel López, CEO of Andamur, “the start-up of the Gasinera in Andamur Guarromán is a great step forward for the company

We are thus becoming a multi-energy company, capable of supplying all the energy that the transport sector may need: electric chargers, CNG services, etc. We want to give our customers what they need now and in the future.

Fernando Sarasola CEO Molgas Energía considers that “the inauguration of this service station means for Molgas the achievement of another milestone in our ambitious objective of offering our clients a global network (national and international) that covers their refuelling and service needs; the inclusion in our network of an enclave of the logistical importance of Guarromán together with the chosen travel companion, means that this project is born with the highest guarantees of success”.

For his part, the Managing Director of Enagás, Marcelino Oreja, pointed out that “the future of mobility requires technologies and energies that are adapted to the particularities of each transport segment”. Along these lines, he pointed out that “natural gas is currently the only real sustainable alternative that makes it possible to reduce emissions and improve air quality in segments such as heavy transport”, and added that “at Enagás we are committed to innovation and entrepreneurial initiatives that have made it possible to create companies such as Scale Gas, which are now consolidated, and which are developing projects such as the one we are inaugurating today that promote the decarbonisation of transport through natural gas”.

Without a doubt, today is an important day for the companies that have worked to make the Natural Gas Station of Andamur and Molgas in Guarromán a reality, thus showing their firm commitment to the development of sustainable mobility in the transport sector.

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Andamur launches its first natural Gas Station in Guarromán (Jaén)

>> Andamur Guarromán has become our first multi-energy station equipped to supply gas, electricity and traditional fuel, meeting the growing demand in the transport sector.

Andamur customers can now fill up with liquified natural gas (LNG) and compressed natural gas (CNG) at the first of its natural gas stations at the Andamur Guarromán Service Area. It is the company’s first natural gas station, launched  in partnership with Molgas.

The new Andamur-Molgas Natural Gas Station has a LNG pump for HGVs and a CNG for cars and vans. Access is free and it accepts debit and credit cards, as well as both companies’ fuel cards.

This new supply point is a product of Andamur’s commitment to the use of natural gas as a clean, safe and environmentally friendly fuel, since it reduces oxides of nitrogen (NOx) emissions by 85% and eliminates 96% of particulate matter (PM) emissions. It also helps mitigate the greenhouse effect by completely eliminating sulphur emissions and reducing carbon monoxide (CO) and CO2 emissions by up to 25%. Another advantage offered by this fuel is its cost per kilometre, 30% lower than diesel and 50% lower than petrol.

As part of Andamur’s vision, Andamur Guarromán also marks an important milestone for the company, becoming its first multi-energy station. All of Andamur’s customers – lorry fleets, buses, vans and light vehicles – can fill up at the new facility with any kind of fuel, whether traditional fuel, electricity or gas (LNG or CNG).

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Why you should change your truck’s air filter

Your truck’s air filter is key to the operation of your engine, yet we often overlook its maintenance. The function of the air filter is to prevent dust and dirt from entering the engine, which in turn causes it to become clogged over time and needs to be replaced.

Modern trucks generally have two air filters, one for the cabin and one for the engine; both need to be changed periodically but not necessarily at the same time. In both cases, it is recommended to make the change between 20,000km and 40,000km, depending on the conditions in which it has been driven; we are talking about hot weather, state of the roads…

 

What happens if you don’t change the air filter

Over time, your truck’s air filter will become clogged, causing:

  • The engine will have to work harder to get clean air to complete the combustion cycle.
  • This overwork will cause the engine to overheat, resulting in increased fuel consumption.
  • Lack of acceleration.

 

Timely air filter change has significant benefits:

  • Increased fuel efficiency. A clean air filter will provide the engine with enough air to burn the fuel without overworking.
  • Reduces emissions. Imbalanced air flow has a direct impact on exhaust emissions by polluting the environment.
  • Extends engine life. A properly maintained air filter prevents dirt and other contaminants from reaching the combustion chamber or engine.
  • Quick and economical replacement. This component is one of the least expensive parts you can make, you can even do it yourself by first making sure it is designed for the make and model of truck.

 

 

 

 

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Tips for optimizing transport routes

The transport sector is moving in an increasingly competitive environment. Professionalization and process optimization are no longer a possibility but an obligation. Every part of the supply chain must be analysed and measured in detail. It is nothing new to say that the use of technology has allowed great improvements in terms of quality of customer service and cost savings.

 

The importance of correctly designing and planning transport routes sometimes goes unnoticed. However, they are one of the most important points in the logistics chain, which can also improve efficiency with the help of these technologies. Here are some tips to achieve their optimization:

 

  • Real-time planning. There are many tools that allow us to know the state of the traffic, unexpected cuts in the roads,… and, with it, the fastest route at every moment.

 

  • Intelligent tachograph. It provides a multitude of information to the central office, such as working and rest time, kilometres travelled or speed. With this information, the control centre can provide the driver with information about possible traffic controls and detours to avoid delays.

 

  • Domotics for trucks. Although its use is not yet common, it is becoming increasingly frequent to see devices that allow the driver to check, without having to be on site in the truck, the closing of the doors or the temperature.

 

  • Trucks connected to the Internet. More and more fleets are connected by Internet facilitating communication between drivers.

 

 

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Tips to combat heat stress in the cabin

Heat is one of the biggest problems for professional drivers in summer. High temperatures over long days and journeys can lead to ‘heat stress’, commonly called ‘heat stroke’. Some symptoms of heat stress are: tiredness, weakness, dizziness, headache, vomiting or loss of consciousness.

To avoid heat stress in the cabin during the route, it is important to follow some recommendations:

  1. Constantly hydrate yourself: drinking water is key to cope with the heat. Remember to always carry a bottle of water and keep it in a cool place in the cabin. Even if you are not thirsty, remember to drink water frequently.
  2. Eat healthy: avoid heavy and fatty foods such as fried foods, excess salt and sugar. These slow down digestion and increase body temperature. Choose light, healthy foods with more nutrients such as vegetables, protein and fruit.
  3. Sleep well: High temperatures affect sleep. You need to sleep 7 to 8 hours a day. If you notice any symptoms of drowsiness during your trip, park in a safe place and rest as much as possible.
  4. Protect your skin and eyesight: use sunscreen to avoid getting burned during loading and unloading and when leaving the truck. Sunburns increase the internal temperature, which can lead to heat stroke, and it is important to wear sunglasses to protect your eyesight.
  5. Keep the cabin conditioned: before getting into the truck, open all the doors and roll down the windows so that the heat comes out of the vehicle. Once you have expelled it, you can turn on the air conditioning.
  6. Light clothes: wearing clothes that allow perspiration is essential. Very thick fabrics increase body heat and the chances of heat stroke.

Taking care of yourself behind the wheel involves many things and protecting yourself from the heat in summer is one of them. Don’t underestimate it!

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Endesa´s first chargers in Andamur Service Areas at full capacity

The first Endesa X fast chargers in Andamur service stations are now fully operational. The first two “Energy Islands” that have come into operation following the agreement signed by both companies on electric mobility are located in the service areas that Andamur has in the town of San Román (Álava) and in the City of Transport in Pamplona (Navarra). They are the first two locations of the six that Andamur has in our country and that will also have fast and semi-fast recharging infrastructure.

Both have rapid recharging points with a power of 50 kW, which allow an electric vehicle to be charged in minutes: 80% of the battery capacity is covered within 15 to 20 minutes. These chargers are also universal, as they allow recharging in both direct current (CCS Combo, CHAdeMO) and alternating current (Mennekes), which means they can provide service for all models of electric vehicles on the market.

“Thanks to facilities like this one, in an unbeatable location, we are closer and closer to being able to drive on the main roads of our country on board an electric vehicle with total normality, without changing our habits excessively, and with the peace of mind of knowing that we will be able to charge when we need to. By the end of this year, we will have the first 2,000 public access recharging points in operation, which will enable us to have woven a network of chargers along the 15,000 kilometres of the country’s main roads and to have recharging available within a radius of less than 100 kilometres”, said Elena Bernárdez, Endesa’s electric mobility director.

For Miguel Ángel López, CEO of Andamur,” with the installation of Endesa’s fast chargers in our stations we are reaching a new milestone with which we are reinforcing Andamur’s vision. Our company’s commitment to innovation and the environment is one of the pillars on which our strategy has been based in recent years”.

All the recharging points that are coming into operation are connected to the Endesa digital platform and users will be able to recharge their vehicles very easily, thanks to the new Endesa X mobile application, Juice Pass.

The app is available completely free of charge on IOS and Android and allows users to register with their personal details or through Facebook or Google profiles, offering economic advantages in recharge prices. In addition, creating a profile in the application brings advantages to the customer: the process is streamlined; all the detailed information about the recharge point, prices and schedules is accessed; the details of the recharges can be monitored in real time and it also allows access to the history of recharges and invoices.

However, you always have the option of not registering, accessing the updated map of recharge points and making a recharge by simply providing a credit card.  All the recharge points will be connected to Endesa’s digital platform and users will be able to locate, through this application, the recharge station, find out its status, and even reserve the charger.

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Andamur first company in the sector to obtain the Carbon Footprint Certification

In Andamur we are the first company in the sector to obtain the Carbon Footprint Certification, ISO 14064-1 Certificate of Quantification of Emissions and Removals of Greenhouse Gases granted by AENOR. Without a doubt, this certification is a true reflection of our commitment to the environment.

In this sense, with this certification we want to make our contribution to the European Green Deal, which aims to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent.

This deal is the road map for providing the European Union with a sustainable economy. It will therefore be necessary for us to transform the climate and environmental challenges into opportunities in all policy areas and to achieve a fair and inclusive transition for all.

Reducing C02 emissions

In our quest to improve the environment, we have already managed to reduce the carbon footprint of our emissions by 30% between 2018 and 2019 through the implementation of energy efficiency measures. In this way, we have managed to make our stations run on 100% ecological energy. Energy efficiency measures that we continue to implement are also helping to further reduce our emissions during 2020.

In the words of Miguel Ángel López, CEO of Andamur, “obtaining the ISO 14064 certification is an example of our commitment to sustainability, which we have embodied in our CSR plan “Cuidamos lo que importa”.  In the same way, Andamur’s vision contemplates in a clear and direct way where we project our daily work. Our company’s commitment to innovation and the environment is one of the pillars on which our strategy has been based over the last two years and which marks the axes of our company’s strategic plan”.

Obtaining the ISO 14064 certification marks our path towards obtaining the 14001 Environmental Management System certification that we are in the process of obtaining and that will become the greatest milestone in terms of contribution to the environment, within our organization.

The measurement and quantification of the carbon footprint shows our commitment to the values of our company, and aims to collaborate directly with our customers, offering them a necessary tool to also achieve their own goals, thanks to the possibility of obtaining a report of their refuelling to help them calculate the scope 3 of their carbon footprint and so they can also promote the achievement of the objectives set by the European Green Deal.

With this certification we have taken the initiative in reducing emissions associated with the supply chains in the professional transport sector to encourage the reduction of climate impact.

Our commitment goes further

We are already moving along the path that we defined in the Strategic Plan 2019-2023. We will end 2020 with the materialization of multi-energy in our network, with the incorporation of electric and natural gas (LNG and CNG) recharge points. In addition, our environmental commitment begins with ourselves and today we have photovoltaic energy generation systems for self-consumption at all our stations.

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Andamur maintains its collaboration with “Jesús Abandonado” and makes a financial contribution to the Covid-19

For the third consecutive year, Andamur maintains its collaboration with the “Jesús Abandonado” foundation, this year focused on the actions that the foundation is carrying out regarding the health emergency in the Covid-19. From Andamur we have made an economic contribution to collaborate in the 400 daily services that are being offered and that include a hot dish at midday and a cold dinner at night.

A collaboration that we have made during the two previous years and that on those occasions consisted of the “Month of Bread” in which from Andamur we financed all the bread that was distributed in the dining room during a whole month. In addition, workers and managers of Andamur did a day of volunteer work in the soup kitchen of the city center of Murcia.

This action is part of our CSR plan #WeTakeCareOfWhatMatters, within its axis of social commitment and is added to other measures carried out during this health crisis in which we have donated 9,600 masks to the different reference hospitals in the communities where our Service Areas are located. We have also fitted out our washing facilities in Andamur Lorca and Andamur Guarromán so that emergency, safety and health vehicles can be washed free of charge.

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10 tips for managing stress at the wheel caused by COVID-19

At present, stress is more present in the work of professional drivers and many transporters may suffer it due to the uncertainty and pressure caused by the health crisis of COVID-19.

To help control this problem, the Foundation for Road Safety (FESVIAL) has published 10 recommendations to try to manage the stress that can be caused by the current situation in driving:

  1. Get the necessary hours of sleep to be rested and keep in mind proper sleep hygiene.
  2. Do not spend too much time on negative thoughts that may cause worry or stress.
  3. Avoiding alcohol consumption and not self-medicating.
  4. Don’t set unattainable goals that can create pressure and overload. It is essential to always prioritize the most important goals.
  5. Enjoy your free time by doing something pleasant or fun. This will make you put aside for a moment the negative thoughts and worries caused by the situation.
  6. While driving, listen to music you like to make the trip more enjoyable. Don’t overhear information about the pandemic on the radio. It is important to be informed but over-information can lead to a feeling of constant uneasiness.
  7. Maintain a healthy diet that prioritizes fruits, vegetables and legumes and drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated is essential.
  8. Reduce consumption of tobacco, coffee and other stimulants.
  9. Control your speed even when there is no traffic. High speeds can create tension and stress.
  10. If you suffer an anxiety attack while driving, it is best to stop in a safe area as quickly as possible. If you can not relax, ask for help. Shortness of breath, palpitations, choking sensation or overflowing are some symptoms of suffering a panic attack.

We are in a difficult and very responsible situation, but we must not lose sight of the fact that health is always the most important thing. Take care of yourself behind the wheel!

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Andamur offers a free service of vehicle interior disinfection in its fight against COVID-19

With the Ozone Generator service, our clients can disinfect their truck cab or car in just 10 minutes, in any of our own service areas

Our customers can already disinfect their truck or car cab with the Ozone Generator Service available in our six Service Areas. This generator provides complete disinfection of truck cabs and private vehicles in just 10 minutes, through the generation of ozone that serves to eliminate bacteria, viruses, fungi and other pollutants present in walls, floors, ceilings and fabrics of the cabin.

A free service with which we continue by the side of the truckers, facilitating the day to day of their routes in these complicated moments in which, in addition, they are so necessary. This service is also available for our car customers, presenting their BonusCard.

One more action that is part of our CSR Plan “Cuidamos lo que Importa” (We care about what matters) in which we want to pay special attention to the care of the driver.

This protection measure, moreover, joins all those implemented since the beginning of the alarm state, in order to offer the best of services by adapting to the established health and safety requirements:

– We have adapted our food/catering services to make them compatible with the legislation that, during this situation, prevents the opening of restaurants.

– In the same way, we have adapted our own stores with screens and other protective elements, so that our customers can do their shopping comfortably and safely.

– On the other hand, we have made available to our customers a total of 20,000 masks and 11,000 hydroalcoholic gels in our Service Areas.

– We have also donated 9,600 masks to the various reference hospitals in the communities where our Service Areas are located

– Finally, we offer a free washing service for emergency, safety and sanitary vehicles in our washing facilities in Andamur Lorca and Andamur Guarromán

In Andamur we are sure that together we will come out ahead. Because now more than ever #EveryTripMatters