XPO Logistics, a global provider of transportation and logistics solutions, is trialling dual-fuel technology in the United Kingdom as part of its commitment to develop sustainable logistics solutions door to door. The first XPO Logistics LNG-powered trucks in the UK are now being refuelled at BOC’s new liquefied natural gas (LNG) refuelling station in Teesport, Middlesbrough.
The station was designed to serve BOC’s own fleet of 11 dual-fuel HGV vehicles transporting industrial gases from the BOC Middlesbrough plant to customers in the surrounding region and is available to third parties by arrangement.
XPO Logistics has invested in 10 dual-fuel (LNG and diesel-powered) trucks, and is one of the first third parties to sign up to access the Teesport station to refuel for its LNG needs.
The station incorporates the latest ‘zero loss’ refuelling technology developed by BOC, a member of The Linde Group. This uses cryogenic cooling to ‘temperature-condition’ the fuel just prior to dispensing.
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 by 10 to 14 per cent.
Mark Lowe, BOC’s LNG Business Manager, said: “BOC is extremely pleased to offer XPO Logistics access to this important, environmentally friendly alternative to diesel at our new LNG refuelling station in Middlesbrough. BOC has a long-term commitment to play an active part in the transition to low-carbon transport and we look forward to continuing to work with XPO Logistics in the future.”
Ian Marguet, General Manager, Bulk UK and Ireland for XPO Logistics, said: “We are delighted with the support that BOC has provided as we explore the potential of LNG as a clean alternative fuel to diesel within our heavy truck and tanker fleet. XPO Logistics shares BOC’s commitment to environmentally friendly transport practices.”