Planning permission secured for CNG filling station

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CNG Fuels has secured planning for the construction of a compressed natural gas (CNG) filling station for heavy good vehicles close to junction 28 of the M6 in Lancashire, with Waitrose signing on as a customer.

According to CNG Fuels, the filling station will be capable of refuelling more than 500 HGVs per day, equating to 3,500 kg of CNG per hour. In addition, it will also be able to supply biomethane (Bio-CNG).

CNG Fuels said that Waitrose has signed up as the station’s first customer, which has a regional distribution centre in the vicinity.

Justin Laney, general manager, Central Transport, John Lewis Partnership said:

“We are proud of the efficiency of our distribution network, and a key element is running a low carbon fleet. We see the use of methane, and in particular biomethane, as the main opportunity to make a step change in the carbon emissions of our heavy truck fleet. We’re currently running 44 ‘dual-fuel’ trucks that use a mixture of gas and diesel fuel, and are also interested in running ‘dedicated’ gas trucks.  The Leyland gas filling station is in a good location for us, and importantly gives us the opportunity to purchase gas with ‘Green Gas Certificates’.”

Philip Fjeld from CNG Fuels said CNG can reduce costs by more than 40 per cent, and cut CO2 emissions by 20 per cent.

“Because the new station is directly connected to a high pressure gas pipeline we can “fast-fill” hundreds of HGVs a day,” said Fjeld. “We plan to rollout additional public-access CNG stations in the years ahead, meaning more companies can switch to CNG or Bio-CNG. Companies that choose gas will then be paying a lot less for fuel and also making big greenhouse gas savings.”

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