Public Access CNG at a Firestone C-Store in Weld County
Mansfield Energy launched its new SkyBlu brand for retail CNG at the first of two planned outlets (F&F, December 12) in Weld County, Colo.
The SkyBlu station in Firestone, north of Denver, is fruit of a public-private partnership, Mansfield says. It was built with federal CMAQ support through the Denver Regional Council of Governments with matching funds from Mansfield, Anadarko, Noble Energy, and Encana – comprising the Weld County Natural Gas Coalition, aka Weld Smart Energy.
Mansfield owns and operates the new station, which is open to the public around the clock. Located at a site owned by Firestone Convenience LLC, it features a dual-hose, fast-fill dispenser at its own forecourt island to support light, medium and heavy duty CNG vehicles.
The new compressed natural gas station – built by Mansfield Gas Equipment Systems – includes a Mansfield fuel management system. The FMS records and processes transactions, delivers a receipt to public consumers, and provides reporting capabilities for both private and government sector customers. Standard credit cards are accepted as well as fleet cards such as Voyager, Wright Express, and Fleetcor.
“Infrastructure has been the greatest challenge to overcome in adopting CNG as a transportation fuel,” Mansfield Energy president J. Alexander said in a release. “We’re excited to debut our first of two fueling sites in Weld County and look forward to continuing to work with our industry partners to develop natural gas infrastructure throughout the U.S.”
“We look forward to opening our second site with Mansfield later this summer,” said Weld County Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer.
“Weld County has already replaced 11 of its own fleet vehicles with CNG vehicles, and we recently approved the purchase of a heavy duty liquefied natural gas truck for the County Public Works department,” Kirkmeyer said. The county plans to convert ten to 15 light duty vehicle per year to CNG.
In addition to the Weld County vehicles, the Colorado coalition has used CMAQ funds to help buy four CNG vehicles for the city of Evans, and a one-ton CNG truck for the LaSalle Fire Protection District.
Two additional Weld County CNG stations are planned as well.
Jennifer Finch is Weld County’s information specialist and special projects manager, and Elizabeth Relford is the transportation planner.
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