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Reference Number NIA_NGGD0063
Title Leyland CNG Filling Station
Status Completed
Energy Categories Energy Efficiency(Transport) 25%;
Fossil Fuels: Oil Gas and Coal(Oil and Gas, Refining, transport and storage of oil and gas) 75%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
National Grid plc
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 July 2015
End Date 01 May 2017
Duration 22 months
Total Grant Value £693,705
Industrial Sectors Technical Consultancy
Region London
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , National Grid plc (99.999%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , CNG Services Limited (CSL) (0.001%)
Web Site http://www.smarternetworks.org/project/NIA_NGGD0063
Objectives The objective of the project is to demonstrate the increased efficiencies and benefits of the use of LTS connected CNG filling stations. The report will show evidence of the effectiveness and efficiency of an LTS connected CNG filling station and the GHG and emissions benefits from dedicated CNG trucks operated by a supplier. Financial benefits will also be included as part of the detailed analysis in the report.
Abstract The UK natural gas transport industry infrastructure comprises c. 25 private depot stations and 17 public forecourts. Of the infrastructure, 18 stations supply Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). Where a grid connection is utilised to feed these CNG stations none, as yet, have utilised the Local Transmission System (LTS). It is clear that Natural Gas can play a key role in reducing greenhouse gas & particulate emissions associated with transport, given that fuels costs are c. 40% less, and noise emissions are lower than diesel, it means that gas is a viable option as a fuel for HGVs and buses. Utilisation of the LTS system to supply CNG filling stations has the potential to further improve the environmental & economic credentials for gas in transport. With the source pressure being higher, there is less compression required to reach the 200-250bar for use in buses and trucks, this reduces the operating & maintenance costs of the stations. In addition, there is no leakage from the LTS system, meaning that the ‘well to wheel’ emission figures for vehicle fed from LTS stations becomes highly favourable. With dedicated CNG trucks and buses now commercially available, 132 distribution centre locations within 2km of NG’s LTS mains, and the European Commission directive requiring a core network of UK wide filling stations, the climate is right to invest innovation funding in the first UK LTS filling station. The proposed Leyland CNG fuelling station will physically demonstrate the strong environmental and economic case for LTS CNG, acting as a catalyst to grow this emerging market, and allow the UK gas network to be utilised as a backbone for lower carbon transport into the future. This project is to enable a study of the efficiencies of utilising the LTS for a CNG Station. Provide a detailed design, the installation and commissioning of a 30bar Steel connection to the Local Transmission System (LTS) pipeline to supply a CNG filling station in Leyland, Lancashire. This will include all the necessary civils works to ensure protection of the LTS. NGGD will also appoint an independent consultant to monitor the performance of the project including analysis of the items covered in the scope below, outlining efficiencies and benefits of the station. The project will involve CNG Services Ltd and an independent 3rd party to audit the findings and results.Note : Project Documents may be available via the ENA Smarter Networks Portal using the Website link above
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