Gasrec has collected the 10,000th tanker load of liquified natural gas (LNG) from the National Grid facility on the Isle of Grain in the UK.
Grain LNG filled 310 cryogenic tankers with the fuel in March – breaking its monthly record.
A total of 2,149 tankers filled up at the facility last year and the National Grid expects utilisation to increase by as much as 80% this year.
Nicola Duffin, commercial director at Grain LNG, said: “Helping society decarbonise is a strategic priority for National Grid. Grain LNG was, therefore, delighted to welcome the Gasrec vehicle that collected the 10,000th load of LNG from the terminal.
“This signified another milestone in the terminal’s contribution to both the security of the UK’s energy supply and Grain LNG’s role in the country’s transition to using cleaner sources of energy. We are confident that Grain LNG and its customers have many more milestones ahead as demand continues to grow with the increasing use of cleaner transportation fuels.”
Gasrec – the UK’s leading supplier of biomethane to the road transport industry – has also seen growth in recent years, with the company now supplying approximately seven times more gas to fleets than at the start of 2019.
Rob Wood, Chief Executive of Gasrec, added: “This landmark loading at Grain LNG marks another significant milestone for us in the continued expansion of the sector. 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 the foreseeable future.”
To keep up with demand, Gasrec recently invested in four additional tri-axle tankers, to take its delivery fleet up to seven – with a further two currently in build and due on the road later this year. Each tanker is capable of carrying up to 20 tonnes of Bio-LNG.
Gasrec now loads on average 70 tankers of LNG per month, before delivering the fuel to its open-access and private customer facilities across the UK.
Grain LNG is the largest LNG terminal in Europe with the capacity to store 1 million m3 of LNG.