Liquified gas fuel supplier Gasrec is increase efforts to improve air quality by opening a new ‘open access’ bio-LNG filling station in the South West of England.
The Bridgewater low emission filling station, which will open on June 1 at Junction 24 of the M5, is part of a growing national network that will initially supply around 30 heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) owned by existing Gasrec customers before expanding.
The facility will have the capacity to supply up to 80 vehicles per day at the site, although it will ultimately be expanded to replicate Gasrec’s Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal near the M1, which is now capable of fuelling up to 700 gas vehicles daily.
The facility will help the HGV operators cut fuel and pollution costs, and will assist the government to help meet its long term carbon reduction targets and improve air quality through a reduction in harmful SOx, NOx and particulate matter emissions.
Due to its strategic location, Gasrec hopes the filling station it will receive strong interest from retail and distribution customers using the M5 to access business in the region.
Ben Sawford, chief commercial officer of Gasrec, said: “We are very pleased to have the support of a number of our existing customers as we open the West Country’s first bio-LNG filling station.
“Many transport fleet operators recognise the need to make substantial cuts in their emissions. While HGVs only represent 1% of UK road vehicles, they produce a disproportionate 20% of carbon emissions from UK road transport and a significantly higher proportion of the more dangerous particulate matter and other noxious elements.”
He added: “As news of this West Country facility grows, I am confident many other retail and distribution businesses will see the benefit its location brings in terms of extending the reach of gas powered HGVs accessing the region and through into Devon and Cornwall.”
Last year, Gasrec secured European funding through the TEN-T programme to develop five ‘open-access’ stations in the UK by the end of 2015, and two mobile stations in continental Europe.