BOC, the UK’s largest supplier of compressed and liquefied gases and a member of The Linde Group, has announced that it is to install a liquefied natural gas (LNG) HGV refuelling unit in the UK at Exelby’s Golden Fleece Service station on Junction 42 of the M6 south of Carlisle in Cumbria this spring.
This will be BOC’s first LNG fuel unit on an existing fuel forecourt for HGVs in the UK and hence BOC’s first fully public access LNG refuelling unit.
Exelby Services pioneered fuel bunkering, a contract diesel refuelling system that allows haulage companies to make large savings on the cost of diesel.
Today Exelby is one of the largest independent bunkering suppliers in the country, handling over 140 million litres of diesel each year through its five fuel sites in the North of England. The company’s sites were designed with trucks in mind and store fuel for most of the major transport, distribution and fuel card companies in the UK.
The addition of BOC’s LNG refuelling unit represents an important step into the low-carbon fuel market for Exelby Services and will significantly add to its offering at its Golden Fleece, Carlisle service station.
The LNG refuelling unit uses cryogenic cooling to ‘temperature-condition’ the fuel just prior to dispensing, and also incorporates the unique ‘zero loss’ refuelling technology, developed by BOC.
BOC’s LNG technology uses nitrogen to keep the liquid LNG in the fuel tank at a constant super chilled temperature and this prevents the liquid from turning into a gas. The result is a zero loss system that allows no harmful greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. The same system can draw warm gas from a vehicle tank and return that back to a liquid form.
Managing Director Michael Exelby, whose father Ron established Exelby Services in 1976, commented: “Low carbon is an important part of Exelby Service’s environmental agenda and we are delighted to be able to offer LNG fuel to our HGV customers.”
The use of LNG as an alternative fuel, either as a replacement for or in conjunction with diesel, will reduce the total consumption of diesel in the HGV market and cut 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.
LNG also produces virtually no sulphur dioxide (SO2) emissions, less nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions and less solid particle emissions than other fuels. 100% gas engines are either in a development or testing phase and will only further the reduction of emissions.
Mark Lowe LNG Business Manager, BOC, said: “BOC is proud to be working with Exelby as a partner on this important, environmentally friendly alternative to diesel. Our partnership with Exelby further demonstrates BOC’s long-term commitment to play an active part in the transition to low-carbon transport. This is the first part of our plan to provide LNG on-road fuelling across the UK’s HGV road network.”