Biomethane HGV refuelling station opens in Wales

Renewable biomethane (Bio-CNG) firm ReFuels has announced the opening of its 13th low-carbon refuelling station, capable of cutting over 60,000 tonnes of CO2 every year.

The new site in Bangor has 12 pumps capable of refuelling more than 500 HGVs daily. Currently, transportation has been one of the slowest part of the Welsh economy to decarbonise, and makes up around 15% of the country’s emissions.

Located in Parc Bryn Cegin, near to Junction 11 on the North Wales Expressway, it is situated to serve major trucking routes connecting North Wales to England, and opens up routes to Ireland through the nearby Holyhead Port.

The new station is a joint venture between CNG Fuels, the infrastructure arm of ReFuels, and sustainability-led investment management company, Foresight Group. 

Renewable biomethane, which is derived from food waste and manure, is the lowest carbon, most cost-effective alternative fuel to diesel available to HGVs today, potentially cutting emissions by more than 90%, while providing up to 40% lifetime fuel cost savings, it is claimed.

In July 2023, ReFuels saw an 80% increase in fuel dispensed compared to the same period in the previous year, and the company supports over 80 major fleets, including DHL, Royal Mail, Warburton’s, Lidl, Amazon and Waitrose to make immediate cuts of over 90% to fleets.

Philip Fjeld, CEO & Co-Founder of ReFuels, said: “As the first station to open in Wales, our Bangor site serves a critical transport route for fleet operators, enabling low-carbon deliveries between Wales, England and Ireland for the first time. 

“Every day, fleets – spanning major brands to local hauliers – are slashing emissions by over 90% using our fuel. Our nationwide network of refuelling stations has turned net zero ambition into a reality for fleets across the UK, and with our plans for 30+ new stations by 2026, we’re just getting started.”

Glen Morgan, Operations Manager at Dixon Transport – one of the companies planning to use the new station – said: “CNG Fuels’ newest station in Bangor brings far more than convenience – it is a strategically important location, opening up routes to and from Holyhead, for both Irish and UK fleets. 

“We now have a fleet of 22 bio-CNG trucks, operated by both Dixon Transport and Carna Transport, and they have been an invaluable addition to our fleet, helping us to slash emissions by up to 90% versus our comparable diesel HGVs.”

Image courtesy of ReFuels

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