The first open-access station dispensing a blend of biomethane and natural gas in the UK has been opened in Daventry by the transport minister.
The transport minister Norman Baker said at official opening on Thursday (23 May) that the new station represents a significant step forward in the drive to capitalise on the carbon savings and air quality benefits associated with gas-powered vehicles.
He added: “The innovation shown by [the fuel producer] Gasrec and its partners in projects like this can help the UK meet its ambitious carbon reduction targets while creating green jobs to build the economy.”
Gasrec’s standard Bio-LNG blend contains 25% of liquid biomethane, which is derived from organic matter such as household food waste. The blend can be used by gas-powered or dual-fuel trucks.
In comparison to pure diesel equivalent, Bio-LNG can cut CO2 emissions by a minimum of 20% and mono-nitrogenoxides and particulate matter emissions by 90%, as well as reducing fuel costs by 20-30%, according to Gasrec.
A report by consultants Ricardo-AEA found running the UK’s HGV fleets on Bio-LNG could cut haulage emissions by up to 65%.
Gasrec’s commercial development manager, Doug Leaf, said: “This is the important first step of a journey which we have high hopes will be a national success story.”
The station is located in the Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal site, near Junction 18 of the M1 in Northamptonshire.
Gasrec plans to open a nationwide network of seven Bio-LNG stations near motorway junctions expected to be running by the end of 2015.
Gasrec announced in February that it will be providing B&Q with Bio-LNG fuel for a fleet of 50 dual fuel lorries, and for 35 of Tesco’s HGVs in April, MRW reported. Sainsbury’s and B&Q are also among companies to commission some of their fleet to run on Bio-LNG.