National Grid Grain LNG, the operator of a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) importation terminal on the Isle of Grain in England’s south east county of Kent since 2005, is looking at plans to develop an LNG loading service for road tankers. The company said that by developing a new loading service it can enable the distribution of LNG fuel to HGV refuelling stations and off grid industrial and commercial generators, providing a cleaner alternative to diesel and other fossil fuels.
National Grid is the owner, operator and developer of the majority of Britain’s gas transportation system and provider of up to 20% of the UK’s gas supply.
Jon Carlton, Director of UK LNG at National Grid said: “Using LNG as a road fuel can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 30% and particulates by as much as 90% compared to diesel, and could help the UK significantly in meeting the carbon reduction target.”
“With the financial advantages LNG has over other fossil fuels also becoming more widely recognised, it is forecast that demand for a tanker loading service will grow rapidly”.
Grain LNG is located close to the major ports and road networks in South East England and in close proximity to the proposed ‘Blue Corridor’ routes, which are intended to support LNG fuelled HGV fleets across Europe.
National Grid has launched an open season to gauge market appetite for the new offering. Depending on when regulatory and planning approvals are given, services could be up and running late 2014 / early 2015.
(This article compiled using information from a National Grid press release)