Work has now started on what will be the largest public refueling station in Europe at Warrington.
The Omega South plant, close to the M62, will cater to major hauliers based in the area and will be able to service up to 800 HGVs a day – with up to 12 simultaneously.
It is one of two new public access renewable biomethane compressed natural gas refueling stations currently being built by CNG fuels to cater for soaring demand from operators switching from diesel fuel for their HGVs.
Serving major truck routes and cities, the new stations will be able to refuel up to 3000 HGVs a day, some 500% increase on the current capacity of existing stations in Leyland, Lancashire and Crewe which can refuel over 800 vehicles a day. All fuel supplied by the company is renewable and sustainable biomethane, approved under Department for Transport’s Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation scheme. (RTFO). The gas is sourced from waste feedstocks such as food waste, and is the most environmentally friendly and cost-effective alternative available to HGVS for diesel. IT can cut emissions by up to 85% with savings of up to 40% over diesel.
At 20 million tonnes of CO2 per year, greenhouse gas emissions from the UK food waste are comparable to emissions from the entire HGV fleet. By capturing this methane from the food waste, and utilizing it in transport – food waste and transport emissions can be cut down simultaneously. CNG fuels has also commenced construction at Erdington, which is close to the M6 in Birmingham.
Philip Field, CEO, said “The spotlight on climate change continues to grow in intensity and the UK haulage sector has for many years been a laggard when it comes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Renewable and sustainable biomethane allows companies to achieve deep cuts to emissions, cut pollution and also save money – no wonder demand is soaring. Our customers are already planning to order hundreds of new biomethane trucks in 2019 and we have interest from companies which run a third of the UK’s HGVs.
“We’re making it easier for fleet operators to make the switch from diesel by developing a nationwide network of public access biomethane stations on major trucking routes and at key logistics hubs”