ReFuels commences construction of Bio-CNG refuelling station in Doncaster

One of Europe's leading suppliers of renewable biomethane for decarbonisation of heavy goods vehicles, has commenced construction of a new refuelling station in Doncaster.

ReFuels N.V., one of Europe's leading suppliers of renewable biomethane (Bio-CNG) for decarbonisation of heavy goods vehicles, has commenced construction of a new refuelling station at Doncaster, South Yorkshire, one of the UK’s largest logistic hubs.

The public access Bio-CNG station operated by ReFuels under the CNG Fuels brand puts 90% of the UK’s population and four of the country’s largest ports within a 4-5-hour reach of the station. With 76% of all intermodal journeys involving heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) beginning or ending at a shipping dock, the new station will play a fundamental role in enabling major fleets to cut CO2 emissions.

The UK’s largest port by tonnage, Immingham Docks, sits within an hour’s range of the new station, enabling fleets travelling to and from the port to run on 100% renewable biomethane for the first time. Additionally, the site will serve iPort, the UK’s most advanced multimodal logistics hub. Several of ReFuels’ customers already have warehousing and distribution bases in the area, including Amazon, DHL and Lidl.

“Our latest site to enter construction in Doncaster is set to transform access to Bio-CNG for fleets travelling to and from the UK’s largest ports. As a key logistics hub in the UK, the Doncaster station will not only expand the reach of low-carbon deliveries for our existing customers, but many major brands and local hauliers looking to make substantial emission cuts of over 90% from fleets,” said Philip Fjeld, CEO and co-founder of ReFuels.

The station at Doncaster is owned by a joint venture (JV) with Foresight Group. It will feature 12 fuel pump islands, capable of refuelling more than 500 HGVs daily with a total capacity of more than 19 million kilograms (kg) of Bio-CNG annually. At capacity, this is estimated to cut 60,000 tonnes of CO2 every year.

Renewable biomethane – derived from food waste and manure – is described as the lowest carbon, most cost-effective alternative fuel to diesel available to HGVs today, cutting emissions by over 90% while providing up to 40% lifetime fuel cost savings.

The company has major plans to expand its network of renewable biomethane refuelling stations across the UK to meet the growing demand for low-carbon, renewable Bio-CNG. By 2026, ReFuels plans to open between 30-40 new stations, with a total capacity to refuel 15,000 HGVs daily, and dispense more than 600,000 tonnes of renewable biomethane every year – equivalent to cutting the UK’s HGV emissions by 8%.

The company is also preparing for future technologies, with plans to host hydrogen trials across its sites, to ensure the infrastructure is readily available to cater to new technologies when they come commercially viable. CNG Fuels – ReFuels’ infrastructure arm – is already working alongside industry to deliver the largest hydrogen mobility corridor in the UK.

In addition to Doncaster, the group has one more station under construction in Aylesford in Southeast England and expects one further station to commence construction during the financial reporting year ending 31 March 2024.

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