November 12, 2020. Gas Network Ireland has taken another step closer to help decarbonize the transport sector, with the country’s second publicly-accessible, fast-fill compressed natural gas (CNG) station, now open at Circle K’s forecourt in Cashel, County Tipperary.
Strategically located at Junction 8 off the M8 (Dublin – Cork) motorway, the new facility at the 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 road transport operators and fleet operators in the region and beyond 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.
Commenting on the development, 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 endeavors 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.”
Gas Networks Ireland’s Head of Commercial & Corporate Affairs, Ian O’Flynn, added: “We’re on a journey to decarbonizing 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 haulers and fleet operators to make a sustainable switch to a carbon neutral fuel.”