What is natural gas?

Methane is a naturally occurring fuel that has traditionally been used to provide energy to domestic users for heating and cooking, and to industrial and commercial users to support industrial processes.

Generally, methane is provided as Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) to distribute it through the UK’s gas distribution network or Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) to be transported by tanker, either by road, rail or ship.

In recent years methane is being used increasingly as a transport fuel on a work wide basis.

According to the Natural Gas Vehicle Association, there are already 1.2 million NGVs in use across the European Union. The vast majority of which are cars and vans, but the figure includes over 6,500 trucks and 14,500 buses. In the UK there are currently over 700 gas powered HGVs operated by leading household brands in addition to lighter NGVs for deliveries in cities and urban areas.

Globally, natural gas vehicle cars, vans, buses and trucks are well established with over 14 million in use. The UK currently has more than 700 commercial vehicles on CNG (compressed natural gas) or LNG (liquefied natural gas).

Whilst natural gas is not a renewable energy source, it offers significant benefits as an alternative to diesel, and the NGV Network believes it has a key part to play in a multiple fuel Transport Strategy. 

CNG and LNG Filling sites

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www.gasvehiclehub.org with the help of Cenex, has generated an interactive map of the UK showing the current locations of all the CNG and LNG filling stations.

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