Clean Energy Fuels and Mansfield Form a Joint Venture,
At Least Two New Public-Access CNG Stations to Support It
Clean Energy Fuels and Mansfield Energy have formed Mansfield Clean Energy Partners as a new joint venture to “provide natural gas fueling solutions to bulk fuel haulers in the United States, a segment that consumes over three billion gallons of fuel every year.”
MCEP will be headed by natural gas industry veteran Ira Pearl.
MCEP’s first customer will be Mansfield Oil, which has deployed the first of recently purchased 12 heavy-duty compressed natural gas-fueled trucks – to haul diesel and gasoline. The new fleet of CNG trucks will fuel at a public-access Atlanta-area card-lock station built by Clean Energy and projected to open by November.
A second station in Tampa, which will support additional Mansfield CNG trucks as well as other regional and national bulk fuel haulers, is expected to open in early 2015, Clean Energy says.
“Creating this partnership with Clean Energy and deploying natural gas trucks is preparing us for the future and will allow other bulk fuel haulers to take advantage of the benefits of clean-burning natural gas,” Mansfield CEO Michael Mansfield says in the MCEP announcement.
“The deep relationships Mansfield has built with America’s bulk fuel haulers are virtually unparalleled,” said Clean Energy president and CEO Andrew Littlefair.
New Fueling Outlets Promised
“Our joint sales forces will leverage these relationships and Clean Energy’s natural gas fueling expertise to offer the critical market segment of bulk fuel haulers the best natural gas fueling solutions on the market,” Littlefair said.
MCEP is in “advanced discussions” with several bulk fuel trucking companies, Clean Energy says, representing more than 100 new heavy-duty CNG trucks.
“To support these Class 8 natural gas trucks, MCEP will develop new public-access natural gas fueling stations throughout the United States in addition to the Atlanta and Tampa facilities,” states the release.
Clean Energy Fuels and Mansfield already have a history, as Clean Energy last year acquired the CNG fueling station business Mansfield had itself acquired from Southern California’s GESI/Gas Equipment Systems, Inc. in March 2011 (F&F, May 7, 2013).
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Source: Clean Energy Fuels with Fleets & Fuels follow-up