Gasrec’s DIRFT station leads European premier league

London, United Kingdom (06 May 2015)

Since it was officially opened two years ago, Gasrec’s open access station at the Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT) adjacent to J18 on the M1, has become Europe’s largest liquefied gas filling station and now fuels over 35 per cent of all gas-powered HGVs currently operational in the UK.

It has sold just over 4,500 tonnes of Gasrec’s proprietary bio-LNG fuel (a blend of liquefied biomethane from landfill and LNG), as both liquefied and compress gas, to the 25 major retail and logistics companies currently registered to use the site. It regularly fuels over 200 vehicles per day with each fill taking an average of four minutes.

DIRFT’s premier position in the European station league has been hard won for Gasrec. The company is Europe’s largest supplier of low emission liquefied gas for transport, fuelling over 60 per cent of all gas powered HGV’s on UK roads from 10 strategically located filling stations.

Gasrec has ambitious plans to expand the open access network of refuelling stations in the UK and NW Europe and already has EU co-funding through the TEN-T programme and matched funding through Innovate UK (formerly TSB) for a number of these.

Green credentials are crucial to Gasrec’s operations. DIRFT alone has displaced nearly 6.5 million litres of diesel from UK roads resulting in CO2 emission savings of over 650,000 tonnes (based on an average 30 per cent CO2 saving per vehicle).

The DIRFT facility has a 140 tonne storage capacity, is monitored by state of the art remote telematics and is manned 24 hours per day.

Issued by:

Nick Welsh – Gasrec
01483 421676 (07770 832838)
nwelsh@gasrec.co.uk

Notes to editors:

Gasrec is Europe’s only commercial producer of Liquefied Biomethane (LBM) as a vehicle fuel and the leading UK provider of Bio-LNG.

LBM is a class leading biofuel derived from liquefied landfill gas, or biogas from anaerobic digestion. When combined with Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) it becomes Gasrec’s unique offering, Bio-LNG.

When using a 15% LBM/85% LNG mix, Bio-LNG can cut HGV fuel bills by up to 20% compared to pure diesel equivalents. It also has CO2 emissions of 2.08 kgs per litre of diesel equivalent compared to 3.10 kgs per litre for diesel – hence every unit of diesel displaced by gas results in 33% less CO2 emissions. Typically this leads to a 20% reduction in carbon emissions for a standard dual fuel truck.

Additionally, when used in a dedicated gas HGV, liquefied gas fuel delivers emission reductions of nitrogen oxide (NOx) of up to 85.8% and particulate matter (PM) reductions of up to 97.1% when compared to diesel. The vehicles in this case are also 50% quieter.

Gasrec supplies bio-LNG through 11 refuelling stations. The company designs, installs and manages ”open-access” and dedicated on-site refuelling facilities for its many transport customers, which include Arla, B&Q, Brit European, Culina Ambient, DHL Supply Chain, John Lewis, Kuehne + Nagel, Lenham, Muller Wiseman Dairies, NISA, Sainsbury’s, Stobart Transport, Howard Tenens, Tesco Distribution, UPS and Waitrose.

The company has secured European funding for a pilot network of five ”open-access” filling stations across the UK motorway network with a further two stations outside the UK.

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