Fast-Fill Station in Oklahoma to Support Biodiesel-Hauling CNG Trucks,
Customer ‘Already Contributing to the Development of Renewable Energy’
TruStar Energy announced today a contract to build a compressed natural gas fueling station, its first in Oklahoma, for Seaboard Foods subsidiary High Plains Bioenergy. The customer has ordered 103 Kenworth CNG-powered tractors with the Cummins Westport ISX 12G engine, TruStar says, and will use them to haul products including biodiesel and the fats that are used to make it.
The two-compressor fueling station will be configured to provide fuel for a wide array of Seaboard heavy-duty vehicles that move products both locally and in an over-the-road application, TruStar said..
“This is TruStar Energy’s first station in Oklahoma,” states a release, and the “first with a company already contributing to the development of renewable energy.”
High Plains Biodiesel: 34 Million Gallons Last Year
“High Plains Bioenergy operates a plant that has been in continuous production since 2008 and produced more than 34 million gallons of biodiesel in 2013,” Seaboard Foods president and CEO Terry Holton says in the TruStar announcement.
“CNG benefits the Seaboard Foods integrated model and helps achieve the company’s sustainability goals, providing numerous long-term benefits that are changing the way the trucking industry fuels equipment,” Holton said.
The firm began deploying CNG-fueled Kenworth vehicles last year (F&F, July 16).
“They are using their CNG-powered fleet to transport pork products and biodiesel across the country,” said TruStar VP Scott Edelbach.
“Converting from diesel to CNG is a game changer for enhancing the profitability of transportation operations,” said TruStar Energy president Adam Comora. “Fuel savings from 30% to 50% create significant value for fleet operators and their partners. Natural gas,” he said, is “truly a win-win-win solution.”
TruStar says it can build as many as 40 CNG stations per year “and expects to double that capacity over the next few years.”
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Source: TruStar Energy with Fleets & Fuels follow-up