Calor has recently celebrated taking its 1,200th load of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) from National Grid’s import terminal on the Isle of Grain. The milestone marks just five years since the terminal opened, and equates to more than 24,000T of LNG being supplied across the length and breadth of the UK in that time.
The truck loading facility on the Isle of Grain, which is located 43 miles east of London, opened in 2015, and Calor was the first LNG supplier to load and deliver to its extensive UK LNG customer base, which ranges from large off-grid industrial applications (including Food & Beverage and Pharmaceutical) to vehicle refuelling, to name a few.
Mark Gilks, Calor LNG National Account Manager, comments: “Not only is this a great achievement which shows Calor’s commitment to continually delivering fuel to our customers, especially throughout the current crisis, it also shows the UK’s commitment as a whole to using cleaner, greener fuel sources.
“By using LNG instead of more polluting fuels such as oil and diesel derivatives, we have helped UK businesses cut their CO2 emissions by up to 25% over the past five years, based on the loadings from the Isle of Grain alone.”
LNG provides Calor’s customers with clean, reliable and cost-effective energy, for locations that are off the natural gas grid, making it ideal for commercial and industrial applications in need of heat, steam or process-energy. LNG-powered trucks have comparable performance to diesel vehicles in terms of power, acceleration and cruising speed, but can cut CO2 by between 10% and 20%, dependent upon duty cycle and vehicle type¹. LNG also takes up 600 times less space than conventional natural gas making it easy to transport and store compactly in its liquid form.
John Shingleton is the Calor driver who had the privilege of transporting the 1,200th shipment out of the Isle of Grain. He said: “I’ve been an LNG operative for more than 15 years now, five of those with Calor, and my job sees me travel over 100,000 miles a year, all over the country, safely supplying LNG to our customers. These journeys have taken me on some of the most scenic routes in the UK, so it’s nice to think that while doing the job and distributing cleaner fuels, we are also helping to preserve these sites for many years to come.”
Mark added: “A huge thank you goes out from Calor to all of our dedicated operational team who have kept on going over the years – particularly over the last few months – to make sure we can keep our customers in the UK running on Liquefied Natural Gas.
“We’re incredibly proud of what we have achieved and keen to see where the next five years will take us, as we do our bit to promote the use of cleaner energy sources, nationwide.”
For more information on how LNG can support your business to transition from oil based fuels to natural gas please visit www.calor.co.uk/lng.
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