October 23, 2019. Emerging domestic natural gas and helium producer Renergen announced the completion of the commissioning of its second compressed natural gas (CNG) filling station, in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Black Knight, along with Babcock Transport Solutions, who are the sole importer in Southern Africa for DAF Trucks, have converted the vehicles to run on a combination of CNG and diesel simultaneously, known as diesel dual fuel (DDF).
Black Knight has established the dedicated CNG filling station as part of its transition to more sustainable fuels, the filling station will be used to service the trucks Black Knight is converting to run on natural gas. The filling station will operate until the Virginia Gas Project’s Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility comes online in 2021, at which point all CNG will be replaced in favor of the more energy dense LNG which will increase the distance the trucks can travel between refills.
“This is a positive development for Renergen. The new CNG filling station will significantly increase the current pilot phase revenues, and will realize our vision of supplying clean and sustainable energy into the logistics sector through the use of technology that is readily available,” said Stefano Marani, CEO of Renergen.
“To be part of this gas project has been a great opportunity for Black Knight. In developing our DDF fleet with the intention of later migrating to LNG we will be first to market and a step closer to a greener future. Our customers will also gain a competitive advantage in the industry, by benefiting from the cost savings achieved through the use of natural gas,” commented Jacques D’ymant, CEO of Black Knight.