First biogas filling station for the West Country 22 May 2014

HGV operators in the south west will be able to refuel at a new bio-LNG station from 1 June.

Built by alternative fuel supplier Gasrec, the 'open access' filling station is located at junction 24 on the M5.

Initially, it will supply fuel to 30 vehicles run by Gasrec customers, but the supplier anticipates interest from other dual-fuel and gas truck operators using the M5.

The Bridgwater site is a pumped LNG filling station, supplying Gasrec's low emission bio-LNG fuel. The facility will be able to refuel up to 80 vehicles per day from the outset, but will be expanded to replicate Gasrec's Daventry DIRFT terminal (pictured) near the M1, which can fuel up to 700 vehicles per day with liquefied gas.

"Many transport fleet operators recognise the need to make substantial cuts in their emissions," says Ben Sawford, Gasrec's chief commercial officer.

"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."

Gasrec is working with retail and distribution customers to develop a network of bio-LNG filling stations across the UK. Last year, the company secured European funding to develop five 'open-access' stations in the UK by the end of 2015, and two mobile stations in continental Europe.

Laura Cork

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