China-based energy supplier, ENN has opened an open access liquid natural gas (LNG) station in the UK.
The unmanned refuelling station is located near the A1(M) and A14 near Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire.
The opening also marks the beginning of a partnership between ENN and Pro-Petro, which operates HGV diesel refuelling facilities around the UK.
It is the second in ENN’s UK network of such stations – following a closed-access facility that ENN operates on behalf of logistics company Kuehne + Nagel in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire.
The LNG refuelling station is similar to more than 200 facilities which already operate across China, and has been designed in accordance with local user requirements, technical certifications, and health & safety requirements for the UK, said ENN.
The news comes as ENN has been recommended for over €5 million of funding by the European Commission through its Connecting Europe Facility programme, to assist with establishing a Europe-wide natural gas refuelling network.
ENN said they will match this figure, and will open another three similar facilities in the UK before the end of 2015.
More additional locations for future stations have been identified and secured, as ENN and Pro-Petro plans their growth in the UK.
Michael Liu, general manager of ENN Europe, said: “ENN has ambitious plans to rapidly develop a network of natural gas refuelling stations in Northwest Europe, and will open several more stations in the UK, Belgium, Netherlands and Germany in 2015 and 2016.
“Our aim is to ultimately provide seamless LNG refuelling throughout the UK and the whole of Europe.”