Gasrec, Europe’s leading supplier of liquefied natural gas to the transport sector, has welcomed National Grid’s recent confirmation that it has awarded a contract for the construction of a new road tanker loading facility at the Grain LNG Terminal near London on the Isle of Grain, Kent.
The project is scheduled for delivery by the second quarter of 2015 and involves the construction of an initial two-bay road tanker loading facility which will help support the UK’s growing gas road fuels market.
Gasrec chief executive officer, Rob Wood, said: “We are delighted by National Grid’s decision to construct road-tanker loading gantries at its Grain terminal. This will increase the security of supply of road delivered LNG and underpin its use as a transport fuel in the UK.
“The uptake of liquefied gas as a transport fuel has gained considerable traction recently with many leading retail and logistics operators now running increasing numbers of their fleet on gas. But critical to the success of this nascent industry is the reliable and consistent availability of gas fuel through an effective refuelling infrastructure across the UK – and the Grain LNG Terminal will be a crucial supply point into this network.”
Over the last 10 years, Gasrec has pioneered the use of low-emission liquefied biomethane as a transport fuel and is now the largest supplier of liquefied gas fuel to the road transport sector – its product, Bio-LNG, is a blend of biomethane and LNG. The company currently supplies more than 60 per cent of gas powered HGVs on UK roads and operates 11 refuelling stations around the country.
Gasrec already has European funding to develop a network of ‘open-access’ Bio-LNG filling stations across the UK under a co-financing agreement with the EU’s TEN-T programme. Under the agreement, the company will be launching a further four new Bio-LNG filling stations on the UK motorway network before the end of 2015. It will also develop a further two mobile stations in continental Europe and undertake a ‘pilot study’ for the development of similar sites and networks across mainland Europe, ultimately forming an integrated supply chain across the continent.