Gasrec intends on increasing the size of its liquefied natural gas (Bio-LNG) tanker fleet by 300% over the next 12 months, to meet growing the demand for sustainable fuel.

The company said it had recently taken delivery of its third cryogenic trailer and has two more in build.

A further three tankers are projected to join the fleet in the second half of the year.

The tri-axle tankers will be operated by Reynolds Logistics and will be used to replenish Gasrec refuelling stations across the UK.

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James Westcott, Gasrec chief commercial officer, said: “Bio-LNG is stepping up to become the new fuel driving heavy truck sales within the most sustainable fleets.

“The product from truck manufacturers is now mature, and in many ways it’s even better to drive than a diesel-engined model, being around 50% quieter.”

Gasrec said that in comparison with Euro-6 diesel, a typical 6x2 tractor unit operating on long-haul work and running on Bio-LNG emits around 90% less NO2 emissions, 99% less particulate matter and 95% less CO2.