Fuel distribution company Certas Energy has made Shell GTL Fuel available at its HGV refuelling station at the port of Liverpool, to provide hauliers with a â€œcleaner alternativeâ€ to conventional diesel.
And, once an initial trial has been completed later this month, Certas said the fuel will be made available for all users of the facilities at the port.
Certas Energy, working in partnership with Peel Ports Group, opened the refuelling site in January 2017.
According to Certas, as part of the paraffinic family of fuels, Shell GTL Fuel has improved combustion properties inside standard diesel engines, helping to reduce harmful emissions such as Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) and Particulate Matter (PM).
According to Shell, the European Standardisation body CEN published the final specification for paraffinic fuels â€“ EN-15940 – in mid-2016, â€œpaving the way for legislators and manufacturers to specifically refer to these alternative fuels in legislation and handbooks.â€
Certas notes that one of the biggest benefits to transport operations is that the fuel can be used as a drop-in solution for diesel engines without the need for â€œexpensiveâ€ engine modifications or changes to infrastructure.
The company said the fuel is readily biodegradable, and disperses easily to make it safer and easier to handle, especially in areas where there could be contamination.
And, it notes that the fuel is suitable for use in inland and offshore shipping, construction and agricultural machinery as well as power generation equipment.
Andrew Goodwin, national bunker manager for Certas Energy, said: â€œThe availability of Shell GTL Fuel in the North West provides an immediate solution for transport companies looking to reduce harmful emissions.
Our decision to make Shell GTL Fuel available at the port demonstrates our commitment to investment in the region, servicing high volumes of HGV traffic 24 hours a day, seven days a week.â€
â€œBy offering a practical alternative to diesel that helps to improve air quality without compromising efficiency, Shell GTL Fuel has the potential to change the future of fuel usage in the UK and our goal is to make it available at other bunker sites in our network for both on-road and off-road engines.
â€œWe are proud to be the only provider of the fuel in the UK and look forward to helping visitors to the port of Liverpool make more responsible fuel choices, supporting a cleaner, healthier Northern Powerhouse.â€
Colin Darroch, head of container terminal operations, Peel Ports Group, added: â€œThrough our Â£750m investment programme, we are delivering pioneering infrastructure in the North West, such as the Liverpool2 deep-water container terminal.
â€œThis level of commitment gives our customers the confidence to choose Peel Ports Liverpool as the launch pad for cutting-edge solutions. We are very happy that Certas Energy chose Peel Ports Liverpool as the first site in the UK to offer GTL.â€
According to Certas, since opening the fuelling station has catered for approximately 15,000 vehicles, helping to ease congestion and improve efficiency by enabling drivers to refuel in under five minutes using high speed pumps.
Alongside Shell GTL Fuel the site also provides diesel, gas, oil, and AdBlue for Port users.