Asda Logistics Services’ (Asda) recently opened liquefied natural gas (LNG) refuelling station in Avonmouth, near Bristol, has been opened up by the company to third party use, adding to the UK network of natural gas stations available to heavy truck operators with LNG fleets.
Stuart Milligan for Asda commented: “We have been really fortunate to be in a position where we are working with companies such as BOC and Volvo; using new technology to both reduce costs and our carbon footprint. We have a fantastic facility from BOC and it would be great to use it to support a wider LNG network.”
The dedicated dual-fuel LNG refuelling station at Asda Logistics Services was opened last year and incorporates the latest ‘zero loss’ refuelling technology, developed by BOC, which uses cryogenic cooling to ‘temperature-condition’ the fuel just prior to dispensing.
The refuelling station supports the UK supermarket chain’s fleet of 52 dual-fuel Volvo trucks at the site and is the latest development in Asda’s transport sustainability strategy, which includes a target to reduce emissions from its transport fleet by 60 per cent (between 2005 and 2015).
Dual-fuel is an innovative technology that allows natural gas to be used in conjunction with diesel, reducing the total consumption of diesel and cutting CO2 emissions. LNG typically accounts for up to 60 per cent of total fuel consumption for a dual-fuel vehicle. Diesel produces around 2.6 kg of CO2 for every litre burned, whereas LNG when used with diesel in a dual-fuel vehicle typically reduces CO2 emissions between 10 and 14 per cent.
BOC’s technical team will be on hand at Multimodal on 28th-30th April 2015 at the NEC in Birmingham together with representatives from Volvo, Diesel Gas and Asda to talk to visitors about LNG as a low carbon vehicle fuel.
BOC, a Linde company, will also showcase its innovative new mobile liquefied natural gas (LNG) refuelling unit. The new mobile refueller offers a low complexity, rapidly deployed dispensing solution for LNG fleets of between 5 and 30 vehicles. The system includes a liquid nitrogen temperature conditioning system with vapour recovery to maximise efficiency and recover warm gases from the vehicle. Developed by BOC, the new LNG mobile refueller eliminates LNG methane losses, saving money and emissions and delivering a quicker, consistent refuelling time.