Gas Networks Ireland (GNI) and Circle K, have launched Ireland’s first publicly-accessible, fast-fill CNG station at Circle K’s Dublin Port premises. The project is co-financed by Gas Networks Ireland and the European Union’s Connecting Europe Facility as part of Gas Network Ireland’s Causeway Project.
Ireland’s commercial transport fleet makes up just 3% of vehicles on the road, yet is responsible for approximately a fifth of transport’s carbon emissions. Switching to CNG can reduce a Heavy Goods Vehicle’s (HGV), emissions by up to 22%.¹ In the future, these vehicles can achieve zero carbon transport when operating on renewable gas. GNI has a strategic plan to achieve 20% renewable gas on the network by 2030.
“We are delighted to introduce Ireland’s first publicly-accessible, fast-fill CNG station through our partnership with Gas Networks Ireland”, said Gordon Lawlor, Managing Director, Circle K. “We are very proud to offer Ireland’s commercial fleet operators a cleaner and more cost-effective fuel alternative. At Circle K, we are committed to making our customers lives a little easier every day and together with Gas Networks Ireland we have plans to open additional CNG stations at key motorway locations in the near future.”
The state-of-the-art fast fill facility at Circle K Dublin Port has the capacity to fill 50 HGVs a day with each fill taking no more than 5 minutes. This station marks the first public CNG re-fuelling station in a network of 150 filling stations to be developed in Ireland in the coming years.
CNG is natural gas which has been compressed to fit into a Natural Gas Vehicle’s (NGV) tank and is particularly suitable for use in commercial vehicles. It is a proven alternative to diesel or petrol and reduces transport costs by up to 25% and carbon emissions by over a fifth. There are an estimated 27.8 million NGVs in operation worldwide, and almost two million in Europe.
The re-fuelling facility at Circle K Dublin Port is strategic public infrastructure which will be capable of providing a fully carbon-neutral fuel to the commercial transport market for the first time.
“The opening of the station today is a major milestone in the development of clean transport in Ireland. The development of this ground-breaking network of CNG stations will, for the first time, allow Ireland’s commercial fleet to choose a cleaner fuel alternative”, said Denis O’Sullivan, Managing Director, Gas Networks Ireland.
“This first station has allowed us to establish the criteria, in design, safety and permitting, for future stations. Initially utilising natural gas, these stations are fully compatible with renewable gas. Working with partners like Circle K, private hauliers and public transport companies, work is well underway to deliver a comprehensive national network of stations.
“Ireland’s transport emissions continue to rise, while this is the by-product of much welcomed economic and employment growth, as a country we face significant challenges to meet our emission reduction targets. As the operator of Ireland’s gas network, we are leading the development of this new, cleaner transport network, to support Ireland in reducing its carbon emissions”, O’Sullivan concluded.
¹ Compared to diesel, CNG delivers the following emissions savings:
|Emissions reduction||Up to 22% reduction on diesel|
|Nitrous oxide (NOx)||70% reduction in emissions|
|Sulphur dioxide (SOx)||80% reduction in emissions|
|Particulate matter||99% reduction in emissions|
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About Gas Networks Ireland
Gas Networks Ireland is the business division of Ervia that owns, builds and maintains the natural gas network in Ireland and connects all customers to the gas network. Gas Networks Ireland operates one of the most modern and safe gas networks in the world and ensures that 700,000 homes and businesses receive a safe, efficient and secure supply of natural gas, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Ervia is a commercial semi-state multi-utility company with responsibility for the delivery of gas and water infrastructure and services in Ireland.
About The Causeway Project
The Causeway Project will see the formation of an initial national refuelling network together with Biogas injection and the deployment of seed CNG vehicles. The delivery of 14 fast fill CNG stations will represent the first significant deployment of CNG refuelling infrastructure in Ireland. The provision of a Biogas injection facility will play a significant role in delivering sustainable renewable gas to Irish gas customers in support of a sustainable indigenous energy source.
In addition to the development of the CNG Network and Biogas injection facility, the Causeway Project has a significant research component. This element will identify key data relating to the roll out of a CNG network in a small, relatively discrete, market. The data gathered from this study will assist in the further roll out of sustainable transport networks throughout the EU.