Local MP opens West Country’s first bio-gas filling station

Local MP opens West Country’s first bio-gas filling station

On the ribbon: (from left) Ben Sawford (Chief Commercial Officer, Gasrec), Cllr Steve Austen (Mayor of Bridgwater), Ian Liddell-Grainger (MP for Bridgwater and west Somerset) and Rob Wood (Chief Executive Officer, Gasrec)

Bridgwater and West Somerset MP, Ian Liddell-Grainger, has formally opened the region’s first bio-gas filling station, which will supply low emission road transport fuel and support the growing battle to reduce pollution and improve air quality.

The new open-access filling station, which heralds a new era of low emission fuel, is located at Bridgwater, Junction 24 on the M5.  It is part of a national network of bio-gas stations being developed by leading supplier Gasrec.

The facility, along with others across the UK, allows HGV fleet operators to cut fuel and pollution costs by converting to dual-fuel or dedicated gas vehicles, and assists the government to improve air quality and meet long term carbon reduction targets.

Demonstrating the ease and speed of filling up a gas tank, Ian Liddell-Grainger assisted with the ‘launch’ filling of a natural gas HGV with low emission liquefied bio-gas.

He said: “We’re all for clean efficient energy here in the West Country and Bridgwater likes to be first.  This new facility has the potential to save operators money and protect the planet too.  Bio-gas may seem a curiosity today but it could soon become a significant contributor to healthier and cheaper freight transport.”

Rob Wood, Gasrec’s Chief Executive Officer, added: “We are very pleased with the support we have already received from many of our existing customers operating in the South West.  As news of the facility grows, I am confident many other businesses will see the benefit its locations brings in extending the reach of gas powered HGVs in the region and through to Devon and Cornwall.

“Transport fleet operators recognise the need to make substantial cuts in their emissions.  While HGVs only represent around one per cent of UK road vehicles, they produce a disproportionate 20% of carbon emissions from UK road transport and a significantly higher proportion of the more dangerous particulate matter and other noxious elements.”

The Bridgwater site is a state-of-the-art pumped gas filling station, supplying Gasrec’s proprietary low emission Bio-LNG fuel.  The flexible and modular facility has the capacity to supply up to 80 vehicles per day and will be expanded as demand increases.

As this national infrastructure grows it provides businesses with the confidence to significantly increase their use of low emission bio-LNG for deliveries across the country.