A new truck loading facility for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) has been opened at the Isle of Grain terminal in Kent.
The new hub will allow road tanker operators to load LNG in bulk and transport fuel directly to filling stations as well as industrial and commercial markets in the UK and mainland Europe.
National Grid said it has planning permission to increase the size of the facility, which is currently offering 36 slots for road tankers every day.
Simon Culkin, Importation Terminal Manager at Grain LNG – which can supply the equivalent of 20% of UK’s gas demand and deliver 15 million tonnes of gas per year – added the project is a “key milestone” in the terminal’s 10-year history.
He added: “It is a great time to launch a truck loading facility. We are seeing many key government and market signals lining up to drive the adoption for LNG as a fuel, such as tightening emission regulation and the availability of dedicated technologies, together with the huge demand we have had from our customers and road tanker operators.
“There is a significant amount of world-wide LNG available to meet UK and global gas demand. This, together with the inherent environmental benefits of using LNG compared to diesel for example, makes a compelling case for LNG as a fuel.”
Last month BP signed a £10 billion deal to supply LNG to China.