$2.4 Million for Fueling Station with Trillium CNG in Lafayette, Ind.
AmpCNG is trumpeting an agreement with Subaru hauler Venture Logistics for a $2.4 million compressed natural gas fueling outlet at a Super Pantry Travel Center in Lafayette, Ind. The station is being built by the AmpTrillium joint venture with Trillium CNG. updated December 20
The new public-access station will serve “anchor tenant” Subaru of Indiana plant, AmpCNG says, as it will provide as much as 2.5 million diesel gallon equivalents of CNG per year. AmpCNG was formerly known as Amp Americas.
The facility “opens the I-65 corridor to other fleets waiting for more opportunities to fuel with CNG,” AmpCNG executive VP and sales director Jeff Whitcomb said in a release.
Also according to the announcement, the deal structured by AmpCNG features beneficial contract terms for Venture Logistics with an estimated fuel savings of nearly 50% per DGE.
400-Horsepower ISX12 G Was Key
The ultra fast-fill CNG station will have two dual-hose dispensers serving four lanes and is expected to be fully operational by the end of March.
The Lafayette station equipment is to include
- two EA-250-H Ariel compressors operating at 100 psi suction pressure producing 690 scfm each with room for a third;
- one Pinnacle HyC compressor operating at up to 2500 scfm out of storage;
- one PSB Industries NG-SR-21-4-DDP gas dryer;
- four 5,500 psi CNG storage spheres for a total of 44,000 scf of buffer storage; and
- two Kraus Gilbarco twin-hose dispensers.
The station will be able to fuel a CNG truck at the rate of 10 DGEs – diesel gallon equivalents – per minute.
Venture Logistics will serve Subaru of Indiana with 42 new Class 8 CNG trucks: 32 Freightliner Cascadia daycabs with CNG cylinder assemblies by Agility Fuel Systems from Stoops Freightliner, and ten Kenworth T660 daycabs with CNG tank assemblies by Trilogy Engineered Systems from Palmer Trucks.
All will have the 11.9-liter ISX12 G engine by Cummins Westport. The 400-horsepower version of the engine was key to the deal, says Venture Logistics maintenance director John Ciriello. Six of the trucks are in service now, 12 more are to be delivered in January, and the rest of the 42 phased in a rate of six per month, he told F&F.
An Economic Decision
The decision to go with CNG trucks was primarily economic, Ciriello says – and Subaru was happy to sign on.
“We greatly appreciate the cooperation between Venture Logistics and AmpTrillium in making this possible,” Subaru executive VP Tom Easterday says in the AmpCNG announcement.
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