The Regulation lays down technical requirements for natural gas stations for refuelling vehicles. These requirements shall apply to natural gas stations (existing and new ones) located in Poland.
Regulation of the Minister for Climate and the Environment on Detailed Technical Requirements for Natural Gas Stations
The draft Regulation of the Minister for Climate and the Environment on Detailed Technical Requirements for Natural Gas Stations aims to comprehensively regulate the rules of operation of the infrastructure used for refuelling vehicles with natural gas. Currently, the provisions of the Regulation of the Minister for Energy of 28 August 2019 on Detailed Technical Requirements for Natural Gas Stations (Journal of Laws, item 1757) exist in the national legal system to lay down detailed technical requirements for the safe operation, repair, and modernisation of public natural gas stations. The issuing of this Regulation results from the fact that the Act of 2 December 2021 amending the Electromobility and Alternative Fuels Act and Certain Other Acts (Journal of Laws, item 2269) imposes an obligation to adapt natural gas stations to the technical requirements as laid down in the draft already in force on operators of natural gas stations installed in railway areas, railway sidings, sea and inland ports and marinas, and has included these stations in the supervision of the Transport Technical
Inspection (TDT) in order to ensure the safety of operation and use thereof, and uniformity of technical solutions.
Therefore, it was necessary to issue a new Regulation which would comprehensively regulate the functioning of the refuelling infrastructure for natural gas vehicles.
The entry into force of the draft Regulation shall require natural installed in railway areas, railway sidings, sea and inland ports and marinas to comply with specific technical requirements in terms of safe operation, repair, and modernisation. In addition, the Regulation shall aim to include such stations in the supervision of TDT in order to ensure the highest safety standards for their operation. The Regulation shall indicate a requirement for natural gas stations to be constructed after the draft has entered into force to provide two independent sources of power to ensure that operation of basic technological equipment shall be maintained in the event of a power failure. A power generator may be an independent source of power provided that it supplies sufficient power for
the operation of the basic technological equipment, including, in particular, flame and methane sensors. The proposed regulation shall aim to ensure the highest level of safety for the operation and use of these stations and the uniformity of technical solutions.
Keywords: ‘natural gas stations’, ‘natural gas’, ‘technical requirements’, ‘alternative fuels’, ‘transport fuels’, ‘CNG’, ‘LNG’, ‘refuelling infrastructure’.