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More refuelling infrastructure is key to future of biomethane vehicles

Refuelling infrastructure is a key area in the future development of liquid biomethane in vehicles, Gasrec chief executive Tony Watkins has said.

Speaking at the Anaerobic Digestion & Biogas 2011 Conference yesterday (7 July), Watkins said: “Lots of people are talking about the challenges of building refuelling infrastructure. But everyone needs to keep calm and carry on. It will work itself out.”

He said companies and organisations with large fleets, such as Coca-Cola and Tesco, are moving away from using fossil fuels and are looking at alternatives. But he underlined that this is not just in a bid to cut carbon emissions but also to save money. It has led to large companies installing their own refuelling infrastructure.

Looking ahead to how biomethane will be offered to customers for refuelling, Watkins said: “The UK needs a common sophisticated offering; a standard offering, not a niche one.

“We are already developing shared refuelling systems with our customers. And when it comes to retail refuelling, we are not trying to compete with Esso. But there could be an anchor tenant that could make a profit from others using it, such as smaller companies that cannot afford their own refuelling station, so there is an entrepreneurial business model there.”

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