First CNG station opens in Melbourne

Gas Energy Australia has launched the a compressed natural gas (CNG) service station in Melbourne.

The company announced the opening of the refuelling facility, located close to Melbourne Airport in Tullamarine, yesterday in partnership with Caltex and AGL Energy.

The facility will supply commercial truck fleets already using CNG and other motorists with CNG powered vehicles.

Gas Energy Australia’s chief executive John Griffiths said the launch marked the beginning of easier access to cleaner and cheaper CNG.

“Greater use of Australian CNG instead of increasingly imported diesel would reduce vehicle running costs, increase employment, enhance fuel security and improve the environment,” he said.

I believe the journey to much greater use of cleaner, cheaper and more secure Australian fuel sources is one step closer following the opening of this new facility.”

According to yesterday’s statement from Gas Energy Australia, engines running on natural gas produce 25 per cent less greenhouse gas emissions than their diesel counterparts and about 90 per cent less particulate emissions.

“Gaseous fuel powered vehicles offer such a way and their use is growing worldwide. Australia shouldn’t be left behind,” Mr Griffiths added.

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