Apache Corp has opened the first of 13 compressed natural gas fueling stations planned for 2012. The 13 new CNG outlets will make for a company-wide total of 20 by year-end.
The firm will hold a grand opening ceremony at its new public access station in Tulsa, Okla. on Monday, April 2.
Also early in April, Apache will open its second public access CNG station, in Lafayette, La.
Equipment for both was supplied by ANGI, which won eight of nine CNG station awards made by Apache last year. Apache, a Houston-based independent E&P –exploration and production company – already had seven CNG stations supporting its U.S. fleet, which currently includes about 250 bi-fuel CNG-gasoline Chevrolet Silverado pickups with Impco systems.
The firm expects to have about 350 NGVs by year-end, and 80% of its thousand-vehicle U.S. fleet to be CNG-capable by the end of 2015. Apache will begin evaluating new OEM offerings including bi-fuel Ram trucks from Chrysler, says natural gas transportation fuels director Frank Chapel.
Apache is building three more public access stations in Texas: two in Midland and one in Houston. “These stations,” Chapel says, “will further support Apache’s mission to promote natural gas as the alternative transportation fuel of choice and complement the firm’s employee CNG vehicle incentive program.
“All full-time employees who purchase a new dedicated CNG vehicle or convert a new or used vehicle receive a VISA credit card for their next $5,000 of CNG purchases,” Chapel told F&F. “In addition, the participating employee is reimbursed by either Apache or state income tax incentives for 50% of the additional cost of the CNG dedicated or converted vehicle” (F&F, September 26).