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West Virginia I-79 CNG Corridor

January 20, 2013 in CNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

$10 Million Marcellus Area Project to Extend into Pennsylvania

IGS Energy CNG Services says it will build and operate compressed natural gas corridor in West Virginia, “a first of its kind initiative in the state since the discovery of the Marcellus Shale.” The initial phase of the $10 million effort will include a station in Mt. Morris, Pa., IGS said.

I-79 runs from Charleston, W.Va. north through the Pittsburgh area to Lake Erie.

“Our plans for a fueling corridor respond to the emerging market demand,” IGS president Scott White said in a January 17 release. His firm claims fueling commitments from Antero Resources, Chesapeake Energy and EQT Corp.

Fleets and the Governor

Antero chairman and CEO Paul Rady said Antero is committed to converting its fleet to CNG, Chesapeake corporate development and government relations Scott Rotruck said Chesapeake is converting its West Virginia fleet, “a goal that wouldn’t be possible without fueling infrastructure support,” and EQT demand development VP David Ross said the IGS plan “supports EQT’s transition of more than 200 of our Marcellus fleet vehicles to natural gas in 2013 and beyond.”

The first stations to open will be in Charleston and Bridgeport, by the end of the third quarter, says IGS West Virginia business development manager T.J. Meadows. “Other station will be online by the end of the year,” he told F&F. “We’re still evaluating options when it comes too equipment,” he says.

“This is a great day for West Virginia – it’s one my Natural Gas Vehicle Task Force has been looking forward to since their very first meeting back in July 2011,” West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin says in the IGS announcement.

“These soon-to-be new filling stations along I-79 are the beginning of the infrastructure necessary to support our state’s conversion to natural gas fueled vehicles,” Tomblin said.

IGS Energy CNG fueling station in Dublin, Ohio (note ANGI equipment)

The West Virginia Department of Highways has committed to fuel state CNG-powered vehicles at corridor stations, IGS says.

Construction of the corridor is scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2013 and, “depending on the station, will support light, medium, and heavy-duty vehicles.”

IGS Energy CNG Services has been focused on Ohio – it has an ANGI cardlock station in Dublin – and says it is concentrating on West Virginia now “because of Governor Tomblin and the legislature’s decision to implement economic policies encouraging the development of the CNG industry in the state.”

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Source: IGS Energy with Fleets & Fuels follow-up




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