Gas Networks Ireland and Topaz have agreed a €1.45 million contract to open and operate Ireland’s first public natural gas refueling station at Topaz’s Dublin Port premises. The station will be able to service commercial vehicles including trucks, buses and vans, which using CNG will achieve significant transport cost savings as well as cutting harmful emissions.
Construction of the filling station, which will start this month, will take 10 weeks and will be the first in a network of 70 filling stations to be developed by Gas Networks Ireland, the company said. With the imminent introduction of renewable natural gas, this Dublin Port facility represents strategic public infrastructure which will be capable of providing a fully carbon-neutral fuel to the commercial transport market for the first time, it added.
“This is a significant step in the development of the market for natural gas and a stepping stone to carbon-neutral renewable gas in transport,” said Denis O’Sullivan, commercial sales manager with Gas Networks Ireland. “CNG, and soon-to-be-introduced renewable gas, will play a major role in making transport in Ireland cleaner. Gas Networks Ireland is determined to play our role in facilitating the development of this new, cleaner transport network.”
The new facility, co-financed by Gas Networks Ireland and the EU’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), will have the capacity to fill up to 70 heavy goods vehicles, with each fill taking no more than five minutes.