UK gas distribution company Calor spends on infrastructure to foster more use of LNG fuel

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

The UK company said it was spending 3.5 million pounds ($4.5M) to make sure a larger proportion of heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) forecast to be gas-fuelled will use LNG.

“As an increasing number of leading truck manufacturers prepare to bring dedicated LNG vehicles to the market, Calor’s investment in LNG’s refuelling and supply network will help ensure the fuel offers a cost-effective solution to customers, improving its accessibility,” said Calor.

Calor currently operates seven sites in total across the country, covering Lockerbie in the Scottish borders, Castleford in West Yorkshire, Lymm in Lancashire, Grantham in Lincolnshire, Castle Donington in the East Midlands, Wolverhampton in the Midlands and Bristol in the southwest, with plans for developing more LNG refuelling stations.

A key aspect of Calor’s investment in LNG’s supply infrastructure is its refuelling network, which is the largest publicly-accessible one in the UK.

The company currently operates seven sites in total across the country.

It is the largest publicly-accessible one in the UK., covering Lockerbie, Castleford in West Yorkshire, Lymm in Warrington, Grantham, Donnington, Wolverhampton and Bristol, with plans for developing more LNG refuelling stations already in the pipeline.

“The fuel is currently supplied in the UK from the Isle of Grain import terminal,” said Calor.

“Calor is also instrumental in the development of new LNG terminals across the UK, as a key partner of the Caledonia LNG project.

“Under a Memorandum of Understanding, Calor and other partners have agreed to increase the supply and availability of LNG in the North of England, Scotland and North Sea regions,” added.

Mark Gilks, Transport Sector Specialist at Calor, said LNG represented a series of opportunities for those operating in the commercial vehicle market, with an increasing number of leading truck manufacturers set to switch from diesel.

“Adopting LNG would make a dramatic difference, reducing NOx by up to 70 percent and particulate matter by 90 percent when compared with the cleanest Euro 6 diesel engines,” said Gilks.

“Calculations have shown that if 48,000 HGVs were to be fuelled by LNG instead of diesel, this could cut carbon emissions by more than a million tonnes,” he added.

The company said LNG trucks are now in operation right across Europe and the network developments from Calor will aid the adoption of the technology to a wider customer base.

Forecasts are that natural gas-powered vehicles could comprise 20 percent of HGVs sold by the early 2020s.