CNG for Mixers and Paratransit Too, and LNG for Trucks
Among several natural gas vehicle fueling developments announced Thursday, Clean Energy Fuels said it will double the capacity of its compressed natural gas facility for Saddle Creek Transportation in Lakeland, Fla., where the pioneering CNG trucker is adding 25 CNG-fueled Freightliner Cascadia tractors to its existing fleet of 150 NGVs.
Clean Energy will add two additional 300-horsepower compressors and 55 additional new time-fill fueling points at Lakeland. The additional Saddle Creek vehicles are projected to consume approximately 400,000 diesel gallon equivalents of CNG per year. They are slated to be deployed in October 2014, after the station capacity has been increased.
“Our natural gas trucks – now on their fifth-generation – are an integral part of our logistics offering,” Saddle Creek president Mike DelBovo says in the Clean Energy announcement.
24 Million Natural Gas Miles for Saddle Creek
“Our fleet currently has over 24 million miles using natural gas,” DelBovo said. “Our customers recognize the importance of sustainability in their supply chain and the value in moving goods with natural gas. We are expanding our fueling capacity to meet this rising demand.”
Clean Energy says it will continue to operate and maintain the Lakeland station, which it initially built for Saddle Creek in 2011.
Saddle Creek’s Freightliner trucks are supplied by the Tampa Truck Center/Freightliner of Tampa.
In other CNG news Thursday,
- Clean Energy disclosed a CNG station design, construction, operation and maintenance agreement with Sacramento’s Paratransit, Inc., the second-largest paratransit provider in California. Some 60 Ford E-350 and E-450 paratransit CNG buses are expected to use the station when it commences operations in the second quarter of 2015. “Paratransit intends to transition its entire fleet of 180 vehicles to natural gas,” Clean Energy said. “Once fully-deployed, this fleet is forecasted to consume approximately 1,000,000 GGEs of CNG each year, the equivalent of taking approximately 480 cars off the road.”
- Clean Energy said that Oklahoma’s Schwarz Ready Mix has contracted for Clean Energy to coordinate a fueling station with GE CNG In A Box system, 20 time-fill posts and one fast-fill dispenser to support a fleet of 16 heavy-duty day cab tractors and 14 ready-mix concrete trucks, “Once fully-deployed, the fleet is forecasted to consume approximately 828,000 DGEs of CNG annually,” Clean Energy says, “roughly the equivalent of taking 400 cars off the road.
- Clean Energy said it’s signed a multi-year repair and maintenance agreement for a private CNG fueling station for California’s Kings County Area Public Transit Agency.
- Clean Energy said it has built and will operate a public CNG station for Aviation CNG, LLC, in Inglewood, Calif., with four fast-fueling dispensers with eight fueling points to “help meet the continued growth in CNG demand in Los Angeles. “Collectively, the three stations serving LAX and the surrounding area are the highest volume CNG stations in Clean Energy’s nationwide network,” the company said.
Clean Energy also said that it has opened two additional America’s Natural Gas Highway LNG stations, providing liquefied natural gas for Raven Transport in Walton, Ky. (F&F, October 14) and to NFI, which hauls for Lowe’s, in Sulphur Springs, Texas (F&F, October 30).
Jim Harger is chief marketing officer at Clean Energy Fuels.
Peter Grace is senior VP for sales.
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Source: Clean Energy Fuels with Fleets & Fuels follow-up