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English Español Ireland: Gas Networks Ireland, Circle K launch first public CNG filling station

This station marks the first public CNG re-fuelling station in a network of 150 filling stations to be developed in Ireland in the coming years.

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Author: PetrolPlaza Correspondent Pablo Plaza

Gas Networks Ireland and Circle K launched Ireland’s first publicly-accessible, fast-fill CNG station at Circle K’s Dublin Port premises. The project is co-financed by Gas Networks Ireland and the European Union’s Connecting Europe Facility as part of Gas Network Ireland’s Causeway Project.

The state-of-the-art fast fill facility at Circle K Dublin Port has the capacity to fill 50 HGVs a day with each fill taking no more than 5 minutes.

The re-fuelling facility at Circle K Dublin Port is strategic public infrastructure which will be capable of providing a fully carbon-neutral fuel to the commercial transport market for the first time. Ireland’s commercial transport fleet makes up just 3% of vehicles on the road, yet is responsible for approximately a fifth of transport’s carbon emissions. Switching to CNG can reduce a Heavy Goods Vehicle’s (HGV), emissions by up to 22%. In the future, these vehicles can achieve zero carbon transport when operating on renewable gas. GNI has a strategic plan to achieve 20% renewable gas on the network by 2030.

“This first station has allowed us to establish the criteria, in design, safety and permitting, for future stations. Initially utilising natural gas, these stations are fully compatible with renewable gas. Working with partners like Circle K, private hauliers and public transport companies, work is well underway to deliver a comprehensive national network of stations,” said Denis O’Sullivan, Managing Director, Gas Networks Ireland.

“We are very proud to offer Ireland’s commercial fleet operators a cleaner and more cost-effective fuel alternative. At Circle K, we are committed to making our customers lives a little easier every day and together with Gas Networks Ireland we have plans to open additional CNG stations at key motorway locations in the near future,” commented Gordon Lawlor, Managing Director, Circle K.

“We welcome the opening of Ireland’s first fast-fill CNG station at Dublin Port. It’s a positive move that’s in keeping with supply chain initiatives that DPC will pursue during the period covered by the Dublin Port Masterplan 2018 -2040 which aim to facilitate the achievement of sustainable transport objectives set out in both EU and national policies,” added Eamonn O’Reilly, Chief Executive, Dublin Port Company (DPC).

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