Republic of Ireland’s first dedicated unmanned Bio-CNG station will support Irish business to decarbonise their transport fleets with clean and sustainable Bio-CNG fuel

Today, large commercial and industrial energy supplier Flogas Enterprise with Gas Networks Ireland turn the sod on Flogas Enterprise’s Bio-CNG refuelling station at St Margarets in North County Dublin.

The 2,900 square metre station will open in April 2024 and will be the Republic of Ireland’s first dedicated Bio-CNG station supporting Irish business to decarbonise their commercial transport fleets with clean and sustainable Bio-CNG fuel. This will be an unmanned public station operated by Certa (Certa is sister company to Flogas Enterprise within the DCC plc group).

The renewable fuel for the new station will be predominately sourced from a new anaerobic digestion (AD) plant in Co. Cork and injected into the gas network. It will then be supplied to the station through the Renewable Gas Certification scheme which tracks the allocation of the biomethane from the point of injection into the grid to the point of withdrawal at individual refueling stations. This dedicated 100% Bio-CNG station is another renewable market “first” for Flogas Enterprise (part of DCC plc) 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 Services and Renewables Director at Flogas Ireland said: “Bio-CNG is a greener, commercially viable, and more efficient alternative to traditional fossil fuels for commercial 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’ve powered Ireland’s industrial and commercial customers with renewable solutions and the next step for us is supplying sustainable fuel for our customers’ fleets. For the past number of years, we have supplied Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) to customers, and more recently, Bio-CNG to forecourts. 

We are delighted to open our own dedicated Bio-CNG station, supporting large companies to in further reducing their carbon emissions, and we look forward to opening more Bio-CNG stations in the future.”

He added; “Diesel powered HGVs produce up to 20% of Ireland’s road transport emissions but only account for 3% of vehicles on our roads. If more large enterprises make the switch to Bio-CNG, we can significantly reduce emissions in the HGV sector in Ireland”.

Gas Networks Ireland Biomethane Strategy

The new Flogas Enterprise Bio-CNG refuelling 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. 

Bio-CNG is a much cleaner fuel than CNG and traditional transport fuels and, as such, this new dedicated refuelling station will play a significant role in reducing carbon emissions from the transport sector. 

This is the first refuelling station solely dedicated to Bio-CNG fuel, and we hope it will be the first of many.”