Gas Networks Ireland entered into an agreement with waste management company Panda (part of the Beauparc group) to develop two publicly-accessible, fast-fill natural gas stations in Dublin. The project is co-financed by Gas Networks Ireland and the European Union’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), as part of Gas Network Ireland’s Causeway Project.
The two refueling facilities will be strategically located: one on the Southside in Ballymount near the N7 and M50, and the other on the Northside in Finglas close to the N2, M50 and M1. Construction on the project will get underway next summer with both stations expected to be in operation by the end of 2020.
“Ireland’s transport emissions continue to rise; while this is the by-product of much welcomed economic and employment growth, as a country we face significant challenges to meet our emission reduction targets. Gas Networks Ireland is leading the development of this new, cleaner transport network, to support Ireland in reducing its carbon emissions and to give Ireland’s fleet operators sustainable energy options,” said Ian O’Flynn, Head of Commercial and Corporate Affairs at Gas Networks Ireland.
Panda plans to commission 45 NGVs as part of their new ‘green’ fleet over the next three years. The move is the first of its kind for a municipal waste operator in Dublin and is part of the company’s commitment to reducing its emissions and carbon footprint across its operations. “Sustainability is at the heart of our business and this is a significant step for our company that will keep us at the forefront of industrial environmental excellence. The partnership with Gas Networks Ireland is transformative in allowing us to realize our ambitions in delivering this green fleet,” said Brian Bolger, Group Fleet Director at Panda.
Earlier this year, Gas Networks Ireland launched Ireland’s first publicly-accessible CNG station in Dublin Port with the second station due to be commissioned in Cashel early in the New Year.
Source: Gas Networks Ireland