The filling station will begin supplying CNG to Black Knight Logistics for a fleet of about 15 trucks, starting this month.
In a statement issued on Monday, Renergen said using natural gas as an alternate fuel source has been a significant topic in South Africa’s automotive industry for years, owing to the growing need to curtail dependency on conventional fossil fuels, the soaring price of diesel and petrol, and the need to reduce harmful carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions.
Black Knight, along with Babcock Transport Solutions, have converted the run on a combination of CNG and diesel simultaneously, known as diesel dual fuel (DDF).
DDF vehicles have lower running costs and substantially lower greenhouse-gas emissions, compared with vehicles running on diesel alone.
Babcock is the first to offer fully supported natural gas dual fuel DAF vehicles to the long-haul and regional transport segments.
The CNG filling station has been established as the dedicated station for Black Knight, as part of its transition to more sustainable fuels. The station will be used to service the trucks Black Knight is converting to run on natural gas.
The filling station will operate until the liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility at Renergen’s Virginia gas project, in the Free State, comes on line in 2021, at which point all CNG will be replaced in favour of the more energy-dense LNG.