The first XPO Logistics LNG-powered trucks in the UK are now being refuelled at BOC’s new LNG station in Teesport, Middlesbrough.

Opened recently by BOC the station is designed to serve BOC’s fleet of 11 dual fuel HGV vehicles transporting industrial gases from the BOC Middlesbrough plant to customers in the surrounding region. This station is also available to third parties by arrangement.

XPO Logistics is trialling dual fuel technology as part of its commitment to develop sustainable logistics solutions door to door. The company has invested in 10 dual fuel (LNG and diesel-powered) trucks, and is one of the first third parties to sign up to access the Teesport station to refuel for its LNG needs. 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.

gasworld attended the launch of BOC’s first venture into the dual fuel sector, when the company secured a deal with DHL to supply the gas for its fleet of lorries which were converted to run on both diesel and LNG. The company later that year, in 2013, secured supply contracts with Stobart Group as well.

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 2.6 kg of CO2 for every litre burned, whereas LNG, when used with diesel in a dual fuel vehicle, typically reduces CO2 emissions by 10 to 14%.

Mark Lowe, BOC’s LNG Business Manager, said, “BOC is extremely pleased to offer XPO Logistics access to this important, environmentally friendly alternative to diesel at our new LNG refuelling station in Middlesbrough. BOC has a long-term commitment to play an active part in the transition to low-carbon transport and we look forward to continuing to work with XPO Logistics in the future.”