New frontier: National Grid at forefront of green gas revolution

National Grid Gas Distribution helps fund world’s first commercially operating BioSNG plant making gas from waste

24 Nov 2016


▪       Plant will produce affordable sustainable source of  fuel for homes and trucks

▪       Technology could provide fuel for all of Britain’s HGVs or meet a third of domestic heating demand

National Grid Gas Distribution is helping to cross a bold new frontier in green gas development to provide a clean, affordable and sustainable source of energy.

This week the company signed a £6.3m deal to help fund the world’s first commercially operating BioSNG (bio-substitute natural gas) plant in Swindon, which will make gas from household waste.

The deal completes financing for the project and will enable construction of the £25m plant to begin.

Once operational the plant will provide fuel for a fleet of 40 trucks belonging to Howard Tenens, a local logistics company. This will result in an 80 per cent cut in greenhouse gas emissions for the fleet. 

By the first half of 2018 the plant will also be able to supply gas to homes, businesses and community facilities. 

When fully operational the plant will be able to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 5000 tonnes per year. The technology has the potential to provide 100TWh (terawatt hours) of green gas a year – enough to fuel all of Britain’s heavy good vehicles or meet one third of its domestic heating demand.

 Another benefit is that no adaptations of domestic appliances are required to use BioSNG.

 National Grid Gas Distribution Chief Executive Chris Train, OBE, said: “National Grid Gas Distribution is delighted to invest in this important project.

“Developing green technologies such as BioSNG means our customers can keep on using our network and their existing household appliances for affordable energy which will also be more sustainable and eco-friendly. Green gas fuelled vehicles also cause much less pollution than diesel and are particularly suitable for inner cities.”

He added: “Making gas from household waste also reduces the amount of waste sent to landfill.

“As a long established player in the gas industry we’re delighted to be at the forefront of this exciting new frontier in the sector.”

Additional backing for the plant is being provided by the Department for Transport’s Advanced Biofuel Competition, Network Innovation Competition, (run by energy regulator Ofgem), Advanced Plasma Power, Wales & West Utilities and Progressive Energy

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Regional press officer - North London & East Anglia networks
Antony Quarrell
+44 (0)7810 853075
+44 (0)7810 853075

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Notes to Editors:

National Grid is one of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the world and was named Responsible Business of the Year 2014 by Business in the Community. This accolade acknowledges all of our efforts in getting involve with the things that really matter to us and to society. We own and manage the grids that connect people to the energy they need, from whatever the source.  In Britain and the north-eastern states of the US we run systems that deliver gas and electricity to millions of people, businesses and communities.

In Britain, we run the gas and electricity systems that our society is built on, delivering gas and electricity across the country.  In the North Eastern US, we connect more than seven million gas and electric customers to vital energy sources, essential for our modern lifestyles.

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  • We own the high-voltage electricity transmission network in England and Wales, operating it across Great Britain
  • We own and operate the high pressure gas transmission system in Britain
  • Our gas distribution business delivers gas to 10.9 million homes and businesses
  • We also own a number of related businesses including LNG importation, land remediation and metering
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