Gasrec doubled the sales of biomethane across its commercial vehicle refuelling network in the first quarter of 2021 compared to the same period in 2020.
The growth continues a major spike in demand for gas over the past two years, with Gasrec now supplying around seven times more biomethane to the road transport sector than at the start of 2019.
“Demand is growing by the day, as more operators transition to running on cleaner and lower cost biomethane,” said Gasrec’s chief commercial officer, James Westcott.
“The net results is we are seeing some very big fleets ditching diesel altogether and only investing in gas trucks when replacing or adding assets.
“It’s a hugely exciting time and we’re working closely with end-user fleets and developers of new logistics parks to ensure we’re putting dedicated infrastructure where it’s needed to help operators scale fast. We’re at advanced planning and development stages on a number of new sites.”
While there has been a steady increase in demand for bio-CNG, bio-LNG has seen huge growth, largely due to its suitability for long-haul work and the 6x2 tractor unit market. Sales of bio-LNG from Gasrec’s 24/7 flagship site at the Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT) grew by more than 250% in the last 12 months alone.
“There is little doubt that right now, biomethane offers the best route forward when it comes to cutting tailpipe emissions for long-haul operations and will continue to do so for a significant time yet,” said Westcott.
Over the past year, Gasrec has invested £1 million (€1.17 million) in upgrading its existing flagship DIRFT site, which can refuel up to 700 trucks per day and installed on-site refuelling stations for Reed Boardall at its Boroughbridge site, and for Gregory Distribution at its Cullompton depot in Devon.