The commercial and industrial energy supplier Flogas Enterprise and the operator of the national gas network Gas Networks Ireland turned the sod on the Flogas’ bio-CNG refueling station. The 2,900 square meter facility will be located in St Margarets in North County Dublin, just off the M50, and is expected to open in April 2024.
It will be Ireland’s first dedicated bio-CNG station supporting Irish business to decarbonize their commercial transport fleets with clean and sustainable biomethane. It will be operated by sister company to Flogas Enterprise, Certa.
The renewable gas for the new refueling station will be predominately sourced from a new anaerobic digestion (AD) plant in Co. Cork and injected into the national gas network. The biomethane is certified by an EU Voluntary scheme such as ISCC or RedCert, to verify it meets the sustainability criteria set-out in EU law and qualifies as a ‘zero-emissions’ renewable fuel.
The Gas Networks Ireland Renewable Gas Registry tracks the allocation of the biomethane from the point of injection into the grid to the point of withdrawal at individual refueling stations to meet the EU mass-balancing requirements and ensure compliance with the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) scheme in Ireland, operated by the National Oil Reserves Agency (NORA).
This dedicated 100% bio-CNG station is another renewable market “first” for Flogas Enterprise having already been the first energy supplier in Ireland to supply biomethane through the gas network to companies like Tesco and Diageo in 2020.
Barry Murphy, Energy and Renewable Services Director at Flogas Enterprise said: “Bio-CNG is a greener and more commercially viable alternative to traditional fossil fuels for trucks and fleets. We developed a simple approach to energy sustainability, called ‘Carbon Kaizen’, that supports customers with their sustainability targets. With two decades of experience, we’re powering Ireland’s industrial & commercial customers with renewable solutions and the next step for us is to supply sustainable fuel for our customers’ commercial fleets. For the past number of years, we have supplied CNG to customers and more recently bio-CNG to a number of CircleK forecourts.
The new Flogas Enterprise bio-CNG station is supported by Gas Networks Ireland’s Causeway project, which has to date delivered a network of high capacity fast-fill CNG stations nationwide, developed a renewable gas injection facility, deployed a fleet of CNG vehicles and made a CNG vehicle fund available to businesses in Ireland.
Gas Networks Ireland’s National Customer Acquisition Manager, Fran McFadden said: “To date, the Causeway project has supported the development of a renewable gas injection facility in Nurney, Co Kildare, the deployment of a fleet of CNG vehicles and the rollout of four public CNG stations at Circle K Dublin Port, Circle K Cashel in Co Tipperary, Circle K Ballysimon Road in Limerick and Circle K Clonshaugh in Co. Dublin, all supplied by Flogas Enterprise.”
Source: Gas Networks Ireland