BOC has announced the start-up of a new dedicated dual fuel liquefied natural gas (LNG) refuelling station at Asda Logistics Services’ (ALS) recently opened chill distribution centre in Avonmouth, near Bristol.

The station incorporates the latest ‘zero loss’ refuelling technology, developed by BOC, a member of The Linde Group. This uses cryogenic cooling to ‘temperature-condition’ the fuel just prior to dispensing.

The refuelling station will support the UK supermarket chain’s fleet of 50 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% (between 2005 and 2015). The new 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’.

Corinne Murphy, National Fleet Manager for Asda Logistics Services commented, “The transition from diesel to BOC’s dual fuel technology has been extremely smooth. Alternative fuels are an important part of Asda’s green agenda and working with BOC and Volvo will help us deliver our 10 per cent absolute carbon footprint reduction by 2015.”

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% of total fuel consumption for a dual-fuel vehicle. Diesel produces around 2.6kg of CO2 for every litre burned, whereas LNG when used with diesel in a dual fuel vehicle typically reduces CO2emissions between 10 and 14%.

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 is the UK’s largest supplier of compressed and liquefied gases.