Gas Network Ireland has opened the country’s second publicly-accessible, fast-fill compressed natural gas (CNG) station.
Strategically located off the M8 (Dublin to Cork) motorway, the new facility at Circle K’s forecourt in County Tipperary can fill 50 heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) per day, with each fill taking no more than five minutes.
The new station allows road transport operators and fleet operators in the region and beyond to begin the journey to carbon-neutral transport by switching their fuel from diesel to CNG today, and ultimately moving to renewable gas (biomethane) in the future.
“We are delighted to unveil this latest CNG station at Circle K Cashel further strengthening our natural gas capabilities alongside our Dublin Port CNG station,” said Circle K’s senior director of fuels, Jonathan Diver.
“Circle K has longstanding ties to the commercial transport and freight industry and a key priority of ours is supporting this sector as it endeavours to reduce its carbon emissions.
“We are looking forward to introducing more CNG stations on key transport routes and, in fact, are well advanced on the development of two such stations, one in Limerick and one in Dublin, with more to come.”
While only 4% of vehicles on Ireland’s roads are classified as HGVs and buses, they account for 30% of all emissions in the road transport sector. CNG provides a clear pathway for the use of carbon-neutral renewable gas within the fuel transport mix.
With Ireland’s first dedicated renewable gas entry point in County Kildare now injecting biomethane into the network, renewable gas is becoming a ‘real option’ for Ireland’s fleet managers and hauliers, according to Gas Networks Ireland.
Ian O’Flynn, head of commercial and corporate affairs at Gas Networks Ireland, commented: “We’re on a journey to decarbonising the transport sector and renewable gas has a critical role to play.
“CNG stations are directly connected to the national gas network, and CNG vehicles are future-proofed for renewable gas.
“Renewable gas, which is entering the network today, enables carbon-neutral transport. By delivering a network of CNG filling stations, we are supporting haulers and fleet operators to make a sustainable switch to a carbon-neutral fuel.”