BOC, is to install a liquefied natural gas HGV refuelling unit at Exelby’s Golden Fleece Service station on Junction 42 of the M6 south of Carlisle.
This will be BOC’s first LNG fuel unit on an existing fuel forecourt for HGVs in the UK.
Exelby Services pioneered fuel bunkering, a contract diesel refuelling system that allows haulage companies to make savings on the cost of diesel.
It is now one of the largest independent bunkering suppliers in the country, handling over 140 million litres of diesel each year through its five fuel sites in the north of England. The company’s sites were designed with trucks in mind and store fuel for most of the major transport, distribution and fuel card companies in the UK.
The LNG refuelling unit uses cryogenic cooling to ‘temperature-condition’ the fuel just prior to dispensing, and also incorporates the unique ‘zero loss’ refuelling technology, developed by BOC.
The system uses nitrogen to keep the liquid LNG in the fuel tank at a constant super chilled temperature and this prevents the liquid from turning into a gas. The result is a zero loss system that allows no harmful greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. The same system can draw warm gas from a vehicle tank and return that back to a liquid form.
“This is the first part of our plan to provide LNG on-road fuelling across the UK’s HGV road network,” said Mark Lowe LNG business manager at BOC.