Gas Networks Ireland (GNI) and Circle K launched Ireland’s first publicly-accessible, fast-fill CNG station at Circle K’s Dublin Port premises. The €1.45 million project is co-financed by GNI and the European Union’s Connecting Europe Facility as part of GNI’s Causeway Project. It also marks the first public CNG station in a network of 150 facilities to be developed in Ireland in the coming years.
Ireland’s commercial transport fleet is responsible for approximately a fifth of transport’s carbon emissions. In this regard, the new station, which has the capacity to fill 50 HGVs a day with each fill taking no more than 5 minutes, is also a strategic public infrastructure which will be capable of providing a fully carbon-neutral fuel to the commercial transport market for the first time, helping reduce operational costs and emissions.
“The opening of the station today is a major milestone in the development of clean transport in Ireland. The development of this ground-breaking network of CNG stations will, for the first time, allow Ireland’s commercial fleet to choose a cleaner fuel alternative,” said Denis O’Sullivan, Managing Director, Gas Networks Ireland. “Working with partners like Circle K, private haulers and public transport companies, work is well underway to deliver a comprehensive national network of stations.”
Gordon Lawlor, Managing Director, Circle K, also commented: “We are delighted to introduce Ireland’s first publicly-accessible, fast-fill CNG station through our partnership with Gas Networks Ireland. We are very proud to offer Ireland’s commercial fleet operators a cleaner and more cost-effective fuel alternative. At Circle K, we are committed to making our customers lives a little easier every day and together with Gas Networks Ireland we have plans to open additional CNG stations at key motorway locations in the near future.”
“We welcome the opening of Ireland’s first fast-fill CNG station at Dublin Port. It is a positive move that is in keeping with supply chain initiatives that we will pursue during the period covered by the Dublin Port Masterplan 2018-2040, which aim to facilitate the achievement of sustainable transport objectives set out in both EU and national policies,” added Eamonn O’Reilly, Chief Executive, Dublin Port Company (DPC).
Source: Gas Networks Ireland/Circle K