BOC, a member of The Linde Group, is set to install its first fully public liquefied natural gas (LNG) HGV refuelling unit on Junction 42 of the M6 in Cumbria, UK.

The unit, at Exelby’s Golden Fleece Service station will be the industrial gas company’s first LNG fuel unit on an existing forecourt for HGVs in the UK.

Exelby is one of the largest independent bunkering suppliers in the country and handles over 140 million litres of diesel each year through five fuel sites in the north of the UK, but this addition seeks to further propel the Carlisle-based services into the low-carbon fuel market.

The LNG refuelling unit uses cryogenic cooling to temperature-condition the fuel before dispensing. BOC’s LNG technology uses nitrogen (N2) to chill the liquid LNG, preventing it from turning into a gas, which creates a zero-loss and zero-emission system.

Zero-emission future

The use of LNG as an alternative fuel can significantly reduce the total consumption of diesel in the HGV market, leading to a slash in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by between 10-14%. Additionally, LNG produces less sulphur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions than alternative fuels.

Our partnership with Exelby further demonstrates BOC’s long-term commitment to play an active part in the transition to low-carbon transport

Michael Exelby, Managing Director at the Services, stated, “Low carbon is an important part of Exelby Service’s environmental agenda and we are delighted to be able to offer LNG fuel to our HGV customers.”

Mark Lowe, LNG Business Manager at the company, reinforced, “Our partnership with Exelby further demonstrates BOC’s long-term commitment to play an active part in the transition to low-carbon transport. This is the first part of our plan to provide LNG on-road fuelling across the UK’s HGV road network.”