Biomethane Leader Treats with Truckmaker, Announces Second Station
Britain’s Gasrec, which produces landfill gas-based LNG outside London and trucks it to LNG and CNG fueling stations around the UK, has teamed with Volvo to promote the clean fuel. Separately, Gasrec said it would establish its own second natural gas fuel outlet at Avonmouth, complementing one just opened at DIRFT, the Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal intermodal shipping center.
Daventry is in the East Midlands, north of London. Avonmouth is a port adjacent to Bristol, in southwest England. Gasrec supplies LBM (liquid biomethane) as well as conventional liquefied natural gas. The firm is Europe’s largest supplier of bio-based LNG.
As previously reported, Volvo offers FM Methane Diesel trucks built at Tuve, Sweden. The FM Methane Diesel has a six-cylinder, 12.8-liter D13C-Gas engine. “Fuel injection equipment is supplied to Volvo by [Clean Air Power] though the system is a fully-integrated Volvo solution,” said Volvo UK spokesman Nigel Hanwell (F&F, February 25).
The Trucks Are the Key
Gasrec and Volvo will focus on supplying vehicles to potential customers in the areas served by Gasrec’s growing fueling network. “The companies will also exchange technical information and promote Europe-wide standards for the gas vehicle industry,” states a Gasrec release.
“We believe that the viability of carbon dioxide-free transportation is not limited by technology, but rather by the availability of alternative fuels,” Volvo says in the Gasrec announcement. “Gasrec is a key player in this and we are one of the leading truck manufacturers with an energy-efficient gas truck already available on the market.
“Together we believe that we can enhance and speed up the introduction of LNG and LBM to the transport business, both through own activities and by inspiring others.”
The partnership “demonstrates the faith that major companies have in our ability to deliver,” said Gasrec CEO Ron Wood.
Natural Gas Fuel at Avonmouth in October
Gasrec’s new station at Avonmouth will be built to serve major motorways, and be capable of fueling as many as 700 vehicles per day. “At Avonmouth we will have fuel available from October and over the coming months will be working with major retailers and logistics companies wishing to build their fleets of bio-LNG-fueled vehicles,” said commercial development manager Doug Leaf.
The station at Daventry, which opened last month, “marks the start of a nationwide investment in infrastructure seeking the ultimate prize of wiping out nearly two-thirds of the nation’s heavy goods vehicle (HGV) emissions,” Gasrec said. It too can support 700 vehicles per day, with ten dispensers on five fueling lanes.
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Source: Gasrec with Fleets & Fuels follow-up