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Questar CNG for Central and Swift

January 14, 2013 in CNG, Fleet Order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

ANGI Equipment in Houston to Serve Up to 200 Trucks, Central First

Questar Fueling has disclosed an agreement to build, own and operate a compressed natural gas fueling facility in Texas to serve as many as 200 CNG trucks operated by Central Freight Lines and Swift Transportation. Questar has tapped ANGI Energy for new station’s equipment.

Central Freight uses daycab tractors to tow 28-foot ‘pup’€™ trailers for increased flexibility and loading/unloading speed. This Peterbilt, one of 15 compressed natural gas trucks in the present-day Central Freight fleet, is to be joined by as many as 150 CNG-fueled Freightliner M2s.

“These trucks are projected to use about 5 million gallons of natural gas per year,” Questar says. The majority will fuel overnight using private time-fill hoses – 120 posts are planned. There will also be a five-lane, high-speed, public-access fueling area, says Questar business development director Judd Cook.

Property holder Central Freight expects 40 to 50 trucks to be domiciled at the Houston facility with another 100 or so fueling there regularly, says company president Don Orr.

Central has 15 Peterbilt daycabs now and will be adding as many as 150 Freightliner M2 daycabs, he told F&F. The firm operates daycab tractors with 28-foot “pup” trailers to maximize dispatch flexibility while minimizing loading/unloading times.

Swift Is the Prize

As for Swift, “Our vendors expect us to consistently find ways to improve our transportation efficiencies,” chairman, founder and CEO Jerry Moyes says in a Questar release. “CNG helps us meet that objective, and our partnership with Questar Fueling will help facilitate our transition to CNG.”

Swift operates a tractor fleet of nearly 16,000 units comprised of more than 11,500 tractors driven by company drivers and 4,000 owner-operator tractors, Questar notes. The firm is moving deliberately in natural gas, operating ten tractors with 8.9-liter Cummins Westport engines in Southern California.

Questar, “a Rockies-based integrated natural gas company with an enterprise value of about $5 billion,” established a Questar Fueling in 2012 (F&F, July 17).

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Source: Questar Fueling release with Fleets & Fuels follow-up 

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