CNG Fuels has started building Scotland’s first public access renewable natural gas refueling station, which will allow fleet operators to make low-carbon deliveries across most of Scotland, support net zero plans and save money. The facility near Glasgow will refuel up to 450 trucks a day. Most of England and Wales is already within a 300-mile round trip of a biomethane station and the new site will put Inverness and Aberdeen within this range.
The new station, at the Eurocentral industrial estate off the M8 near Bellshill, is due to open in November. CNG Fuels customers with depots on or close to the estate include Warburtons (UK’s largest bakery brand and the latest major name to announce it is adopting biomethane) and parcel delivery company Hermes, which already runs 90 natural gas trucks.
“Fleet operators keen to cut carbon and save money are switching to biomethane in droves, and our first station in Scotland will play a vital part in our network, allowing natural gas trucks to make deliveries throughout Britain. Biomethane can play a key role in helping the country meet its net zero targets and it is fitting that the station will open just as Glasgow hosts the UN Climate Summit,” said Philip Fjeld, CEO of CNG Fuels. From next year, the company will dispense fully carbon neutral fuel by sourcing biomethane from manure.
Steven Gray, Warburtons National Transport Manager, also commented: “After extensive alternative fuel vehicle trials, Warburtons has chosen CNG technology, and specifically biomethane, as our preferred strategy to decarbonize our primary HGV fleet. CNG Fuels’ progressive bio-CNG station roll-out plans across the UK will allow us to begin our decarbonization strategy, and the Eurocentral refueling facility is a key location for our fleet.”
David Landy, Head of Fleet at Hermes, added: “As one of the UK’s largest CNG vehicle operators, the announcement of a bio-CNG station in Scotland is welcome news for Hermes. This will allow us to run our Scottish-based fleet on 100% renewable biomethane fuel and push the range of our existing CNG-powered HGV fleet, so vehicles can travel between England and Scotland and take even more emissions off UK roads.”
CNG Fuels is the UK’s leading supplier of bio-CNG and it has enabled fleet operators to cut emissions by more than 100,000 tons since it began dispensing the fuel in September 2016. It currently operates six service stations in England and is rapidly building out a strategic network on major routes. Eurocentral is the first of 14 further stations that are due to be built over the next two years with £80 million of funding from a new partnership with Foresight Group, including two more in Scotland near Larkhall and Livingston.
Source: CNG Fuels