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Calor LNG Road Tankers Will Be First to Top-Up at Isle of Grain

A Calor LNG road tanker being refuelled
Calor LNG road tankers will be first to top-up at Isle of Grain
The UK’s first commercial terminal capable of dispensing Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to road tankers opened on November 11th, and we were the first customer to receive a shipment of this increasingly popular fuel source.

The new facility is based at National Grid’s import terminal on the Isle of Grain, 43 miles east of London. It’s capable of handling up to 36 road tankers a day and will help Calor supply off-grid customers and keep its LNG public refuelling network, the largest in the UK, topped-up at all times.

Mark Gilks, Calor LNG Transportation sales manager, explains that the opening of the new facility is “a crucial stage in the anticipated widespread adoption of LNG as a significant long-haul transport and energy fuel source. It marks a formal commitment to LNG availability in the UK market.”

He continues: “Being the first LNG supplier to take product from the Isle of Grain loading facility shows the importance of the fuel to Calor and our confidence in its growth within the UK.”

LNG takes up 600 times less space than conventional natural gas making it easy to transport and store compactly in its liquid form.

This means that LNG can supply customers with clean, reliable and cost-effective energy even if they are based off the natural gas grid, making it ideal for commercial and industrial applications in need of heat, steam or process-energy. Depending on the application, LNG emits up to 25 per cent less carbon dioxide than diesel or oil based products.

With the potential for offering significant cost and CO2 reductions, not to mention it clean-air benefits, LNG is also enjoying increased popularity as a fuel for heavy goods vehicles and shipping.

Calor is already committed strongly to this sector and operates the largest publically accessible LNG road-refuelling network across the UK, with development plans in place to expand this network further over the coming 18 months.