Atlas Copco compressors power UK’s largest compressed natural gas vehicle filling station
Atlas Copco Greenfield compressors are playing an integral role at the UK’s largest Biomethane Compressed Natural Gas (Bio-CNG) filling station in Crewe, in keeping with the company’s global commitment to a cleaner environment and sustainable productivity.
Officially opened by MP, Edward Timpson, the station is the largest such facility in the UK, offering a highly reliable fuel supply with the capacity to fill 500 HGV’s per day via three fast-fill hoses, and making Crewe a key strategic point for UK transport. The station is already filling five CNG dual-fuel trucks for GIST/M&S, three for Tenens Environmental and one for Ceva Logistics/Tesco.
With oil prices increasing, high diesel cost is a major concern for fleet managers. CNG is a cost-effective alternative fuel solution that will reduce commercial fleet fuel bills, whilst maintaining vehicle performance to a level comparable with that of traditional fuels. With CNG, a typical haulier can expect around a 30% reduction in the cost of fuel per mile for a dual-fuel tractor unit.
This view was echoed by Jacky Joas, Atlas Copco Greenfield’s global sales and marketing manager: “The UK is unique in that it already has a network for distributing high pressure gas, which is an asset that can help reduce diesel demand and reduce CO2 from trucks. Natural gas fuelling of passenger cars is widespread throughout Europe, but no other country has the high pressure gas grid and transport hub advantages of the UK for truck fleets.”
Truck and bus vehicle builders are already beginning to undertake CNG specific design changes and conversions and there is increased optimism for growth in market areas such as for refuse trucks and public transport. Atlas Copco is also ideally placed to meet growing demand, and is able to offer customers a complete equipment and finance package comprising Greenfield compressors, storage and dispensing equipment for CNG filling stations.