Gasrec will increase the size of its bio-LNG tanker fleet by 300% over the next 12 months.
The company’s efforts will help to meet the rapidly growing demand from transport and logistics companies for a lower cost and more sustainable alternative to diesel.
Gasrec recently took delivery of its third cryogenic trailer from Bradford, UK-based M1 Engineering, and has two more in build for completion in the next few months. A further three tankers are expected to join the fleet in the second half of this year.
The tri-axle tankers, which can carry up to 20 tonnes of bio-LNG each, will be operated by Gasrec’s longstanding distribution partner Reynolds Logistics. They will be used to replenish Gasrec’s refuelling stations across the UK, operating in conjunction with Volvo FM LNG 6x2 tractor units.
“Bio-LNG is stepping up to become the new fuel driving heavy truck sales within the most sustainable fleets,” said James Westcott, chief commercial officer at Gasrec.
“The product from truck manufacturers is now mature, and in many ways it’s even better to drive than a diesel-engine model, being around 50% quieter.
“Just as we’ve been expanding our team and planning new refuelling sites, this investment will ensure our tankers can keep pace with rising demand for what is currently the only truly sustainable alternative fuel for long-haul trucks.”
Compared to Euro-6 diesel, a typical 6x2 tractor unit operating on long-haul work and running on bio-LNG emits around 90% less NO2 emissions, 99% less particulate matter, and 95% less CO2.
Fleets transitioning to renewables are playing a key role in helping to meet the UK Government’s target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from HGVs by 15% by 2025.