Oklahoma Town Is CNG User, and an Emerging Manufacturing Hub
Tulsa Gas Technologies is finding opportunity for its dispensers and the stations behind them right at home – and seems to like it fine. Mayor Dewey Bartlett, says TGT president Tom Sewell, “wants Tulsa to become a manufacturing hub for CNG.” That suits Sewell too.
He built Tulsa’s first public-access, city-owned CNG station, which was dedicated by Mayor Bartlett this past Friday at Tulsa’s west maintenance yard.
A TGT station in Owasso, just northeast of Tulsa, opened last month, following an earlier station hosted by Tulsa Transit.
BEF Is TGT’s CNG Fueling Brand
All fly Sewell’s new Blue Energy Fuels flag.
TGT uses 150-horsepower VRC-CNG compressors from Tulsa-based Arrow Engine and, to make things easier for consumers, TK-17 pistol-grip nozzles and Fuelmaster card readers. The new city-owned station has two dispensers with two hoses each.
Compressed natural gas fuel sells for $1.50 per gasoline gallon equivalent there, as compared with $3.70 for a gallon of gasoline, according to Rod Walton in Tulsa World.
The new city CNG station is the tenth by TGT in the Tulsa area, says Sewell, who expects to finish three more in the near future. Blue Energy Fuels – BEF – is a joint venture for Oklahoma-area CNG fueling.
“In five years we’ll have the same-size market as Oklahoma City,” Sewell says in Walton’s report.
He predicts that by next year, the Tulsa area stations will between them dispense at a rate of at least 1 million GGEs per year.
“That’s 1 million gallons we didn’t buy from somebody who hates us,” Sewell said.
Also according to the Walton article (citing information from Brent Jones, Tulsa equipment management director), the overall cost of the city CNG station was about $1.06 million. “Most of it was covered by city funds, supplemented by grants including $300,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy.”
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Source: TGT, Tulsa World, Fleets & Fuels follow-up