Biomethane refuelling station opens in Wales

Refuels has opened a renewable biomethane refuelling station in Wales that has 12 pumps capable of refuelling more than 500 heavy goods vehicles (HGV) daily.

The new site is expected to cut more than 60,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions annually.

The new station is a joint venture between CNG Fuels, the infrastructure arm of ReFuels, and investment management company Foresight Group.

According to CNG Fuels, renewable biomethane – derived from food waste and manure – is the lowest carbon, most cost-effective alternative fuel to diesel available to HGVs today, cutting emissions by over 90% while providing up to 40% lifetime fuel cost savings.

The site in Bangor will play a role in addressing emissions from the heavy goods sector. Located in Parc Bryn Cegin, just off Junction 11 on the North Wales Expressway, it is situated to serve major trucking routes connecting North Wales to England and opens up routes to Ireland through the nearby Holyhead Port.

ReFuels co-founder Philip Fjeld said: “From Inverness to Cornwall, Bangor to Ireland, our network of renewable biomethane refuelling stations is making low carbon logistics a reality right across the British Isles. As the first station to open in Wales, our Bangor site serves a critical transport route for fleet operators, enabling low-carbon deliveries between Wales, England and Ireland for the first time.

Glen Morgan, operations manager at Dixon Transport, one of the companies planning to use the new station, said: “Already, a number of our HGV’s have travelled over a million kilometres on low-carbon, 100% renewable biomethane and thanks to CNG Fuels’ growing network of public access stations, we’ll be going even further.

“CNG Fuels’ newest station in Bangor brings far more than convenience - it is a strategically important location, opening up routes to and from Holyhead, for both Irish and UK fleets. We now have a fleet of 22 bio-CNG trucks, operated by both Dixon Transport and Carna Transport, and they have been an invaluable addition to our fleet, helping us to slash emissions by up to 90% versus our comparable diesel HGVs.”

More broadly, ReFuels is aiming to open between 30-40 new stations by 2026, with a total capacity to refuel 15,000 HGVs every day, and dispense more than 600,000 tonnes of renewable biomethane annually.

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