Three Gain Clean Fuel Stations for Time Transport & Two for J Rayl
As the U.S. Oil Unit Plans 100 CNG Outlets Over the Next Three Years
Hard-charging Gain Clean Fuel has just announced three new compressed natural gas fuel stations for Wisconsin’s Time Transport and one for J Rayl Transport – or two counting the station at J Rayl’s Ohio headquarters that’s been acquired by Gain parent U.S. Oil.
“Fleets are our focus,” says Gain GM Bill Renz. The company already operates 11 CNG stations, has an additional 12 stations under construction, and says it plans to build 100 nationwide in the next three years.
“U.S. Oil is meeting the growing demand from carriers seeking to take advantage of CNG’s benefits,” states a release.
‘At Least 30 New Stations per Year’
“We’re on track to add at least 30 new stations per year,” Renz says in yesterday’s Time Transport announcement.
In addition to taking over the J Rayl station in Akron, Gain will build a CNG station in Sunnyvale, Texas, just east of Dallas, in support of J Rayl’s long haul transportation routes. It’s to open in September.
J Rayl Transport is buying 76 dedicated-CNG tractors and plans to convert more of its fleet to CNG in the future, Gain reports.
“This is a strategic business decision,” CEO Jeremy Rayl says in the Gain announcement. “CNG costs less than diesel fuel, burns cleaner and reduces our fleet’s emissions. All of these are positives for the environment and for our bottom line.”
Milwaukee & Chicago Areas for Time Transport
Gain opened its first station for Time Transport in in Sturtevant, south of Milwaukee on April 7. Two more will be located outside Chicago – one near Channahon, Ill.. where I-80 meets I-55, and another in Hodgkins, Ill., where I-55 meets I-294.
In return for the commitment on the stations, Time Transport has committed to purchasing more than one million gallons of Gain CNG per year, Gain says.
“Our sustainability efforts are a large part of our company’s strategic planning,” Time Transport VP Mike Buchmeier says in the Gain announcement. “There is currently a gaping hole in the CNG infrastructure for heavy duty trucks in Chicago,” he says. “This partnership will allow us to reduce emissions while maintaining our operational network as we transition from diesel to 100% natural gas. We look forward to the stations becoming operational.”
Time Transport has more than 50 semi-tractors and dry-van trailers working the Milwaukee-Chicago area, Gain says.
The three new stations, for Time Transport, “like all other Gain stations, will provide easy-access, fast-fill capabilities, are strategically located for carriers along major shipping corridors and will be open for public use,” Gain says. Fleet cards are accepted for payment.
Gain has employed packagers including ANGI Energy at its existing stations, but has shifted now to stations assembled by CMD Corp (formerly Custom Machinery Design), which is also based in Appleton, Wisc., says Gain’s Bill Renz. Gain favors 200-horsepower compressors from GE, in pairs.
Ready to Expand at Every Site
“We always do a redundancy,” Renz told F&F. “We have to have sites that never shut down.”
Gain CNG stations start with a minimum of two two-hose (Gilbarco) dispensers, he says, with a modular design allowing for expansion.
“We commit to all of our customers that we’re going to stay above eight gallons a minute,” Renz says. If the fills slow down, or lines form, he says, “We upgrade.
“We will continue to upgrade as fleets continue to move to CNG.”
Gain Clean Fuel is part of U.S. Oil, which is itself a division of U.S. Venture, Inc.
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Source: U.S. Oil-Gain Clean Fuel with Fleets & Fuels follow-up