State’s first natural-gas filling station to open in Dublin

State’s first natural-gas filling station to open in Dublin

Gas Networks Ireland and Topaz agree €1.45 million deal to develop 70 filling stations. An alternative to traditional transport fuels such as petrol and diesel, compressed natural gas (CNG) is natural gas that has been compressed to fit into a vehicle’s tank.It is suitable for use in commercial vehicles including trucks, buses and vans, and can deliver significant transport cost savings as well as cutting harmful emissions.Construction of the filling stations, which will commence this month, will take 10 weeks and will be the first in a network of 70 filling stations to be developed by Gas Networks Ireland, the company said.With the imminent introduction of renewable natural gas, this Dublin Port facility represents strategic public infrastructure which will be capable of providing a fully carbon-neutral fuel to the commercial transport market for the first time, it added.Worldwide there are 19 million natural-gas vehicles in operation. Of these, 1.9 million are in Europe.The new Irish facility, co-financed by Gas Networks Ireland and the EU’s Connecting Europe Facility, will have the capacity to fill up to 70 heavy goods vehicles, with each fill taking no more than five minutes.Gordon Lawlor, fuels director with Topaz, said: “ Our service station at Dublin Port is a flagship location for Topaz and in 2016 we announced a €1.2 million investment in a major site redevelopment with Dublin Port Company.”

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