The British Compressed Gases Associated (BGCA) has introduced an extended Code of Practice to now include compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) due to a rise in demand.

The new guidance is joined by the revised CP41 Code of Practice, which was predominantly aimed at hydrogen (H2) vehicle fuelling.

The CP46, or ‘The Storage of Cryogenic Flammable Fluids,’ covers the bulk storage of fuel gas typically found in storage tanks alongside fuelling stations, whilst the addition of the modified CP41 sets out recognised engineering standards to support the management and operation of CNG and LNG fuelling stations.

It is understood that these new and amended guides have been born as a result of the surge in demand for both CNG and LNG vehicles across the haulage and fleet industries. Their properties are considered to be ‘greener’ than those of its diesel alternative, and an increasing number of fuel stations are beginning to introduce the necessary dispensing systems to their forecourts.

The new Codes of Practice set a blueprint for the safe introduction and use of this new generation of low energy fuels

Doug Thornton, CEO of the organisation, explained, “The intention is that these are the two main reference documents to be used together when setting up a fuelling station. There are different aspects to consider with CNG and LNG, such as metering of fuel which is near its natural boiling point, but CP41 and CP46 details this and much more besides.”

“Ultimately, the new Codes of Practice set a blueprint for the safe introduction and use of this new generation of low energy fuels, which also reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulates in comparison to diesel vehicles.”

“The BCGA is proud to be representing the ‘invisible industry’ and to be at the heart of a well-regulated, long-established and highly-skilled sector which is developing new technologies and opportunities for clean energy vehicles.”

The new Codes of Practise have been drawn up by the BGCA’s technical subcommittee, TSC9, and can be accessed under the ‘Publications’ section of the BCGA’s website.