Circle K and Gas Networks Ireland launch Ireland’s second public Compressed Natural Gas re-fuelling station

11/11/2020

CNG – A vital part of Ireland’s transition to a low carbon commercial fleet

Circle K and Gas Networks Ireland launch Ireland’s second public Compressed Natural Gas

Circle K, Irelands largest fuel and convenience retailer, has announced the opening of a brand new publicly-accessible, fast-fill Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) station at Circle K Cashel – the second in the Circle K network and in Ireland. The state-of-the-art station has the capacity to fill 50 Heavy Good Vehicles (HGVs) a day, with each fill taking no more than five minutes.

This new station allows hauliers and fleet operators in the region to begin the journey to carbon neutral transport by switching their fuel from diesel to CNG today and ultimately transitioning to networked renewable gas in the future. Renewable gas, also known as biomethane, is the only deployable at scale, ultra-low carbon alternative fuel for use in HGVs.

Jonathan Diver, Senior Director Fuels at Circle K said: “We are delighted to unveil this latest CNG station at Circle K Cashel further strengthening our natural gas capabilities alongside our Dublin Port CNG station. Circle K has longstanding ties to the commercial transport and freight industry and a key priority of ours is supporting this sector as it endeavours to reduce its carbon emissions. We are looking forward to introducing more CNG stations on key transport routes, and, in fact, are well advanced on the development of two such stations, one in Limerick and one on Dublin, with more to come.”

“As a key stakeholder in the fuel and energy sector, we are extremely committed to working towards a low carbon future for Ireland and in addition to advancements from a CNG perspective, we will continue developing our electric vehicle charging capacity as well as looking at ways in which to make our fuel products more environmentally friendly.

While only 4% of vehicles on Ireland’s roads are classified as HGVs and buses, they account for 30% of all emissions in the road transport sector. Ultimately, CNG provides a clear pathway for the use of carbon neutral renewable gas within the transport fuel mix. With two CNG stations now open at Circle K Cashel and Circle K Dublin Port – as well as  Ireland’s first dedicated renewable gas entry point in Kildare now injecting biomethane into the network – renewable gas is becoming a real option for Ireland’s fleet managers and hauliers.

The solutions to Ireland’s climate challenges will necessitate the successful deployment of many new technologies.  Gas Networks Ireland has already begun to invest in such technologies, both to facilitate renewable gas injection into the gas network and to supply CNG from the gas network as a transport fuel source. Helping to decarbonise Ireland’s commercial transport sector, one of the hardest sectors to decarbonise, via gas in transport is a key part of the Gas Network Ireland’s vision.

Gas Networks Ireland’s Head of Commercial and Corporate Affairs, Ian O’Flynn, said: “We’re on a journey to decarbonising the transport sector and renewable gas has a critical role to play. CNG stations are directly connected to the national gas network and CNG vehicles are future-proofed for renewable gas. Renewable gas, which is entering the gas network today, enables carbon neutral transport. By delivering a network of CNG filling stations, we are supporting hauliers and fleet operators to make a sustainable switch to a carbon neutral fuel.

The development of the CNG network via the Causeway Study is supported by a grant from the EU’s Connecting Europe Facility Transport Fund and the Gas Innovation Fund, approved by the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU). Research is co-funded and conducted by project partner, the National University of Ireland, Galway.

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