A Public CNG In A Box Station in Gary for Oshkosh-McNeilus Mixers
As New Ozinga Energy Unit Builds Stations in Des Plaines & St. Louis
The Chicago area’s Ozinga Bros., which already operates more CNG concrete mixers than anyone with a mixed fleet of 112 Kenworth and Oshkosh trucks, is providing fuel for other fleets as well, and even new CNG fueling installations through its Ozinga Energy affiliate.
“We’re believers,” says Tim Ozinga, a fourth-generation co-owner. “We’re sold on it,” he says of compressed natural gas.
With an estimated 200 natural gas-fueled concrete mixers in service nationwide, “We have more CNG mixers than every other relay-mix provider in the country combined,” he says.
23 Oshkosh-McNeilus Mixers at Gary
Ozinga last month commenced CNG fueling operations at its yard in Gary, Ind., just east of Chicago, where a GE CNG In A Box unit provides compression for both time and fast fills (a ceremonial flag-raising was held there on Wednesday). The fast fill island has a two-hose GE Wayne dispenser with TK-17 pistol-grip nozzles from WEH.
The Gary CNG In A Box unit feeds off a 42-psi NIPSCO (Northern Indiana Public Service Company) pipeline. Unlike most CNG In A Box installations, it is configured with a separate control walk-in control cabinet, heated and air-conditioned, notes Ozinga Energy natural gas fueling solutions specialist Dan DeBlock, for ease of maintenance.
Ozinga has 40 dedicated-CNG front-discharge Oshkosh-McNeilus mixers with the 8.9-liter ISL G engine from Cummins Westport. Of the 40, 23 are based at Gary, where there are currently 23 time-fill posts. The fast-fill Wayne dispenser at Gary is available to the 23 trucks too, as it is for other area fleets.
72 Kenworth McNeilus Mixers
Ozinga has 72 Kenworth-chassis McNeilus rear-dischargers, likewise ISL G-powered, fueled by a CNG In A Box unit at its Mokena, Ill. headquarters and at the firm’s Chicago Chinatown (Lumber Street) facility. The Chinatown facility has an older Pinnacle CNG installation, now considerably modified.
Ozinga operates support vehicles including the dedicated-CNG Honda Civic Natural Gas sedan and GM pickups modified for CNG-gasoline operation by Impco Automotive, which is based in Union City, Ind. About 40 of the firm’s support vehicles are CNG-fuels, or bi-fuel.
Ozinga welcomes the new availability of the smaller Ford F-150 as a natural gas vehicles now that Ford is releasing a gaseous-prep version of the trucks 3.7-liter engine, Tim Ozinga says.
2020 Vision for 100% CNG
The company plans to have its entire fleet, which now stands at approximately 400 mixers and 100 support vehicles, operating on CNG by 2020 (F&F, June 29).
Ozinga Energy is installing CNG fueling equipment in Des Plaines, Ill., and for a third-party customer in Wood River, north of St. Louis.
The St. Louis customer is a large trucking concern. According to Ozinga Energy VP Brian Curry, the Ozinga station there will be the largest to date in the area.
Ariel, Bennett, JW, OPW in St. Louis
Ozinga is using twin 200-horsepower Ariel compressors packaged by JW Energy of Longview, Texas, with bank cascade storage spheres, likewise supplied by JW. The facility will have a gas dryer by PSB Industries of Pennsylvania and a pair of fast -fill dispensers by Michigan’s Bennett Pump able to to fill four vehicles at the same time, and a point-of-sale system by OPW.
The St. Louis station will also have 30 time-fill posts, built locally using Parker and OPW equipment, Curry says.
“We have worked very hard in the last year to partner with the best of the best with a focus on American manufacturers,” he said in a memo to Fleets & Fuels.
“Our experience with operating one of the largest CNG fleets in the country as well as multiple CNG stations has given us a broad knowledge base of experience with both fleet transitions to CNG as well as practical hands-on experience with station maintenance and operations,” Curry said.
Not Your Average CNG Builder
“Our goal is to pass that experience onto other fleets that are making the transition to CNG and provide the best ongoing and future support.
“We’re not just your average station builder. We learned a long time ago that it’s just not hiring someone to build a station; it’s what happens long after the station builder has left. These are complex systems,” Curry said, “but with proper support and maintenance, combined with properly sized equipment and quality installation, the customer will have a resilient and reliable system for years to come.”
GE’s CNG In A Box remains one of the options as Ozinga develops its Ozinga Energy business, Tim Ozinga says. The downside of the GE offering, he says, is that the CNG In A Box units have just one compressor, and some customers prefer a second for on-site redundancy.
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Source: Fleets & Fuels with Ozinga in Gary, Indiana