Gasrec expands size of bio-LNG fleet
The company has completed the acquisition of five Bio-LNG (liquified natural gas) refuelling stations and four cryogenic trailers after the withdrawal of another supplier in the LNG UK road transport market.
The company has recently taken delivery of its third cryogenic trailer from Bradford-based M1 Engineering, and has two more in build for completion in the next few months.
The immediate investment by Gasrec reinforces its long-term commitment to helping operators transition from diesel to a cleaner and lower cost fuel.
“Bio-LNG is proven to be the most environmentally-friendly fuel currently on the market for long-haul operations and will continue to be so for some time to come,” says James Westcott, chief commercial officer at Gasrec.
“We are focused on ensuring the infrastructure and supply line is there for every operator in the country which wants to make the move to Bio-LNG, and this latest and significant investment will help us to press ahead with those plans at pace.”
The five refuelling stations – similar in size to the skid-mounted facility Gasrec installed at Gregory Distribution’s Cullompton depot earlier this year – will now undergo refurbishment and upgrade work.
The four tri-axle tankers, which can each carry up to 20 tonnes of Bio-LNG, will join Gasrec’s three existing trailers in service.
Operated by long-standing distribution partner Reynolds Logistics, they will be re-branded in Gasrec livery and used to replenish refuelling stations across the UK.
Two further tankers are currently in build for Gasrec and due for delivery later this year – with more planned to follow early in 2022.
“The additional refuelling facilities are the perfect size for helping operators begin the transition to Bio-LNG, ahead of more permanent infrastructure being built. Not all of them had been deployed, so they give us immediate capacity to help new fleets – plus we are talking to several existing facility users about taking over their future Bio-LNG supply,” added Westcott.