24 September 2015

Motorists and transport companies keen to explore alternative fuels have been given something new to think about with the launch of a public Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) refuelling facility by Caltex Australia.

Partnering with AGL Energy Limited (AGL), Caltex will bring CNG to its Star Mart site at Tullamarine, leading the charge as the first major fuel supplier in Australia to offer this niche fuel on a service station site.

The facility, opened today by Caltex’s Executive General Manager Commercial, Bruce Rosengarten, is expected to mainly service commercial truck fleets already operating with the fuel.

However, Mr Rosengarten said the fuel would also be sold to other motorists if their vehicle was compatible.

“While commercial trucks, buses and machinery represent the vast majority of the 3000 existing CNG vehicles operating nationally, building this type of refuelling infrastructure will give motorists with compatible vehicles access to the niche fuel too,” Mr Rosengarten said. “There is a growing trend toward natural gas with more than 13 million vehicles powered by the fuel globally.

“In Australia a major barrier is the lack of new vehicles designed to use the fuel and, as a result, therehas not been demand for refuelling facilities.

“By opening the Tullamarine CNG facility, Caltex and AGL will ensure the alternative fuel is available to motorists if and when it is needed, while meeting the needs of existing commercial customers.”

AGL Executive General Manager New Energy Marc England said that AGL was very pleased to be working with Caltex on this initiative.

“This partnership can help businesses focus on cost effectiveness and enable them to reduce their environmental footprints, so we believe it is a smart choice for fleet companies,” Mr England said.

The opening was attended by Mr Josh Bull MP, State Member for Sunbury.