The company announced this week that it had obtained a building permit to begin work near Pontpierre in March. Construction on what will become the group’s 43rd gas station in the country is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
The project has been on hold since 2017 and became more urgent after the Shell petrol station on the same route closed, leaving the A4 with no place for motorists to refuel.
“There will be five pumps for trucks and six pumps for cars,” said Henri Pleimling, director of the Total Luxembourg network. There will be 16 to 20 parking spaces for trucks and five to ten spaces for cars, with Pleimling saying the gas station is not intended as a major stop or rest area.
Total is still analyzing the possibility of adding a Cactus Shoppi. The two companies entered into a strategic partnership last year for the supermarket chain to operate small stores at Total’s premises where customers can purchase basic necessities.
Pleimling did not disclose the gas station’s budget, but said strict environmental standards mean higher costs for the group. The service station will be equipped with solar panels, although these will not be sufficient to fully cover its electricity needs.
Total is aiming for a 24/7 service, which would put the new service station in competition with the Esso station in Leudelange, the only one in the territory open 24 hours a day.
The A4 service station will create around 20 jobs. Total Luxembourg currently has a little over 400 employees. “By the end of the year, with the new gas stations, we should reach 500 employees,” Pleimling said. The 42nd Total station will soon open near Belval.
This story was first published in French on paperjam.lu and was translated and edited for Delano.