August 22, 2019. The eagerly anticipated first publicly-accessible, fast-fill compressed natural gas (CNG) facility has been opened at Circle K’s Dublin Port service station. The project co-financed by Gas Networks Ireland (GNI) and the European Union’s Connecting Europe Facility is part of Gas Network Ireland’s Causeway Project.
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.
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. This station marks the first public CNG refueling station in a network of 150 filling stations to be developed in Ireland in the coming years.
The refueling 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. Currently a small number of truck, bus and van manufacturers specialize in this low emission technology.