NGN secures funding for Bradford Alternative Fuel Centre link

Northern Gas Networks (NGN) has secured a £770,000 (€860,000) grant for essential work to link Bradford’s Alternative Fuel Centre to the gas network.

The work on the facility in Bradford, UK, will bring the development of a compressed natural gas (CNG) filling station one step closer, by linking it to the local gas transmission system operated by NGN.

Ofgem provided the Network Innovation Competition grant to support the development, an annual opportunity for gas network firms to compete for a pot of £20 million (€22.3 million) to develop and demonstrate new technologies.

NGN’s grant will promote CNG as a cleaner and quieter alternative to traditional transport fuels, which will help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the UK.

The plans will see the household waste recycling centre redeveloped by 2021 to provide the facility for the local council and other business fleets, including NGN. In addition to helping achieve climate change targets, the use of alternative fuels will also provide a cost saving for both the local authority and businesses using the filling station.

“Transport is a key piece of the decarbonisation jigsaw,” said Richard Hynes-Cooper, head of innovation at NGN. “Alternative fuels like CNG allow us to take a step forwards moving large fleets, such as our own, towards a cleaner and greener future.

“We’re delighted to be working with Bradford Council on such a significant project for the city and the region.”

Project funding was secured in 2015 and the Bradford CNG opportunity was identified when a suitable site for a filling station in the neighbouring city of Leeds could not be secured.

Councillor Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s portfolio holder for Healthy People and Healthy Places, said: “The Alternative Fuel Centre is an important part of our plans to reduce air pollution and reduce our carbon footprint.

“This grant takes us a step closer and we are thankful for the work NGN has been doing to help get us to this point. We look forward to continuing to work with them to complete this project.”

According to NGN, on average, each heavy-goods vehicle consumes around 14,000 litres of diesel per annum and by switching fuels, the project will achieve GHG reductions of 85% for each vehicle. It’s estimated that this will reduce the council’s fleet GHG emissions by almost 12,400 tonnes over the next seven years.

The organisation said CNG and biomethane will remain a cost-effective alternative to diesel for hauliers into the next decade, with the Treasury fixing the fuel duty for natural gas and biomethane for vehicle use at 24.7p/kg until 2032.

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