Asda opens up its LNG refuelling station at Avonmouth to third parties
BOC, the UK’s largest supplier of compressed and liquefied gases, is pleased to announce that one of its key accounts, Asda, is opening up its Avonmouth liquefied natural gas (LNG) station to third party use, adding to the UK network of LNG stations available to heavy truck operators with LNG fleets. BOC, a member of The Linde Group, announced the news during Multimodal 2015, the three-day exhibition and seminar event at the NEC in Birmingham on 28-30 April 2015. The company is also showcasing its recently launched mobile LNG refueller on Stand 1142.
The new dedicated dual fuel LNG refuelling station at Asda Logistics Services was opened last year at the chill distribution centre in Avonmouth, near Bristol. The station incorporates the latest ‘zero loss’ refuelling technology, developed by BOC, which uses cryogenic cooling to ‘temperature-condition’ the fuel just prior to dispensing.
The refuelling station supports the UK supermarket chain’s fleet of 52 dual fuel Volvo trucks at the site and is the latest development in Asda’s transport sustainability strategy, which includes a target to reduce emissions from its transport fleet by 60 per cent (between 2005 and 2015). The depot at Avonmouth features a range of carbon and energy efficiency initiatives, including rainwater harvesting, combined heat and power, occupier lighting and reducing its CO2 emissions – the latter in line with the distribution team’s own mantra calling for ‘fewer and friendlier miles’.
Stuart Milligan for Asda commented: “We have been really fortunate to be in a position where we are working with companies such as BOC and Volvo; using new technology to both reduce costs and our carbon footprint. We have a fantastic facility from BOC and it would be great to use it to support a wider LNG network.”
Dual fuel is an innovative technology that allows natural gas to be used in conjunction with diesel, reducing the total consumption of diesel and cutting CO2 emissions. LNG typically accounts for up to 60 per cent of total fuel consumption for a dual-fuel vehicle. Diesel produces around 2.6 kg of CO2 for every litre burned, whereas LNG when used with diesel in a dual fuel vehicle typically reduces CO2 emissions between 10 and 14 per cent.
Mark Lowe LNG Business Manager, BOC, said: “BOC is proud to be working with Asda as a partner on this important, environmentally friendly alternative to diesel. By working closely with Asda and Volvo, BOC has been able to deliver a consistently high quality refuelling service and our partnership demonstrates BOC’s long-term commitment to play an active part in the transition to low-carbon transport.”
BOC’s expert technical team will be on hand at Multimodal (www.multimodal.org.uk) on 28th, 29th and 30th April 2015 at the NEC in Birmingham together with representatives from Volvo, Diesel Gas and Asda to talk to visitors to Multimodal about LNG as a low carbon vehicle fuel. BOC will also showcase its innovative new mobile liquefied natural gas (LNG) refuelling unit. The new mobile refueller offers a low complexity, rapidly deployed dispensing solution for LNG fleets of between 5 and 30 vehicles. The system includes a liquid nitrogen temperature conditioning system with vapour recovery to maximise efficiency and recover warm gases from the vehicle. Developed by BOC, the new LNG mobile refueller eliminates LNG methane losses, saving money and emissions and delivering a quicker, consistent refuelling time.
Come and visit us on Stand 1142, or call Mark Gilks on mob: 07771 834509 to explore individual requirements during the show.
BOC is a member of The Linde Group. An industrial, medical and special gases provider, the company supplies compressed and bulk gases, chemicals and equipment and is pioneering healthcare innovations and clean energy technologies including carbon capture and storage. For more than a century the company’s gases and expertise have contributed to advances in many areas of everyday life, and industries including steelmaking, refining, chemical processing, environmental protection, wastewater treatment, welding and cutting, food processing and distribution, glass production, electronics and health care. For more information visit: www.BOConline.co.uk
In the 2014 financial year, The Linde Group generated revenue of EUR 17.047 bn, making it the largest gases and engineering company in the world with approximately 65,500 employees working in more than 100 countries worldwide. The strategy of The Linde Group is geared towards long-term profitable growth and focuses on the expansion of its international business with forward-looking products and services. Linde acts responsibly towards its shareholders, business partners, employees, society and the environment – in every one of its business areas, regions and locations across the globe. The company is committed to technologies and products that unite the goals of customer value and sustainable development. For more information, see The Linde Group online at www.linde.com
Under the ‘Clean Technology by Linde’ label, the company offers a wide range of products and technologies that help to render renewable energy sources financially viable, and significantly slow down the depletion of fossil resources or reduce the level of CO2 emitted. This ranges from specialty gases for solar module manufacturing, industrial-scale CO2 separation and application technologies to alternative fuels and energy carriers such as liquefied natural gas (LNG) and hydrogen. For more information, go to http://www.linde.com/
Founded in the 1960s in Yorkshire, Asda is one of Britain’s leading retailers. It has 180,000 dedicated Asda colleagues serving customers from 573 stores, including 32 Supercentres, 318 Superstores, 33 Asda Living stores, 188 Supermarkets, 225 petrol filling stations and has 26 depots and seven recycling centres across the UK. Its main office is in Leeds, Yorkshire and its George clothing division is in Lutterworth, Leicestershire. More than 18 million people shop at Asda stores every week and 98 per cent of UK homes are served by www.ASDA.com. Asda joined Walmart, the world’s number one retailer, in 1999.