United Kingdom
Sector: CNG

M6 motorway to get CNG station

United Kingdom isn't a particularly well developed LPG market, but that doesn't mean a CNG refueling network cannot be started alongside. A station located close to junction 28 on the M6, near Leyland, Lancashire, will be launched by late 2015.

The station will be UK's first publicly-accessible CNG refueling point, but reportedly a very efficient one, capable of servicing hundreds of vehicles per day (thanks to its connection to the high-pressure natural gas pipeline). Importantly, NGVs will be fuelled with 100% renewable biomethane at the station. The first major customer is expected to be Waitrose, a part of the John Lewis Partnership.

Our customers can save more than 40% of their diesel cost, even after the recent drop in diesel prices, and cut CO2 emissions by more than 20% by using CNG. If fleets choose to fuel their trucks with Bio-CNG, they will be running on 100% renewable gas.

Philip Fjeld, CNG Fuels

According to Philip Fjeld, the plan is to launch more stations in the future. Local companies are already interested in making the switch from diesel to natural gas (Waitrose has a fleet of 44 dual-fuel trucks running on a blend of diesel and CNG, but wants to move away to dedicated CNG vehicles), but addition of new stations could encourage new ones to consider abandoning conventional fuels in favour of alternative ones.

We are proud of the efficiency of our distribution network, and a key element is running a low carbon fleet. We see the use of methane, and in particular biomethane, as the main opportunity to make a step change in the carbon emissions of our heavy truck fleet.

Justin Laney, general manager, central transport, John Lewis Partnership


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