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Sparq for CNG in Southern Colorado

September 19, 2014 in Alternative Fuels, CNG, Infrastructure, money available, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Trinidad Station with Duran Oil to be the First Public in Region

Oklahoma City-based Sparq Natural Gas is to build two compressed natural gas stations in southern Colorado, marking the first public access CNG availability in the region. The stations are to be built in Trinidad, followed by Pueblo. Both towns are on Interstate 25 connecting Denver and Albuquerque.

Fill ’em with (natural) gas and drive ’em away.

Fill ’em with (natural) gas and drive ’em away.

Sparq expects to receive the maximum of $500,000 for each of the two stations from the Colorado Energy Office. Sparq expects to invest approximately $1.1 million in the Trinidad station and $1.3 million in Pueblo, says CEO Norman Herrera.

The Trinidad station will be hosted at an existing Shell gasoline station run by Duran Oil, a Trinidad-based and family-owned operator of convenience stores. It will be the only public-access station within 150 miles, Sparq says.

‘Commercial and Retail Interest’

“Every day more companies are becoming aware of the opportunities to fuel their fleets on CNG,” Duran president Ray Duran says in a Sparq release. “We are seeing commercial and retail interest and questions on CNG continuing to rise…

“We want to meet the needs of our loyal customer base by offering CNG,” he said.

Note easy access to the Interstate.

Note easy access to the Interstate.

Duran is starting with Sparq in Trinidad, and is looking to expand “across our station footprint,” Duran said. “Trinidad is in a perfect location between Denver, Albuquerque, and Amarillo,” he noted. “With this grant award, vehicles powered by CNG traveling from these cities will have their Southern Colorado home for fueling.”

Duran has six locations in Trinidad, and sites in Monte Vista, Del Norte and Westcliffe, Colo., and in Raton, N.M.

ANGI for Ariel

Trinidad natural gas vehicles stakeholders and advocates expect to hold ground breaking ceremonies in October, Sparq says. Sparq has tapped Valley Civil Design Group for Trinidad site planning, design and engineering, NGV Construction for general contracting, and ANGI Energy Systems for an Ariel compressor package.

“Colorado is on its way to more than doubling the number of publicly available CNG fueling stations in the next four years,” Colorado Energy Office transportation program manager Wes Maurer said in the Sparq announcement.

Building Confidence

“By removing barriers for alternative fuel vehicle adoption through station development and vehicle incentives, vehicle owners will be able to more confidently take advantage of lower fuel costs and increased emissions savings statewide,” Maurer said.



Trinidad State Junior College is among more than a dozen area CNG stakeholders, Sparq says.

Trinidad State Junior College is among more than a dozen area CNG stakeholders, Sparq says.

The Alt Fuels Colorado grant program will provide $30 million over a 4-year period (2014-2017) through the Federal Highway Administration Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) program to advance Colorado’s adoption of alternative fuel vehicles (AFV). Under the Colorado Energy Office’s stewardship, $15 million of the CMAQ funds will be used to target investments in alternative fueling stations along major statewide transportation corridors with the goal of developing an intrastate system for AFV travel.

Sparq Is Active in Eight States

The Colorado program, with multiple solicitations planned into 2017, will provide $30 million through the Federal Highway Administration Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality. $15 million of the CMAQ funds will be used for alt fueling stations along major statewide transportation corridors “with the goal of developing an intrastate system for AFV travel,” says Sparq.

Awards can cover as much as 80% of the cost of alternative fuel installations, with a cap of $500,000 per project. First-round awardees besides Sparq include 4CNG for a station in Commerce City, Colorado Springs utility for Colorado Springs, Ward Alternative Energy for Fort Collins, Greeley and Loveland, and Trillium CNG for Glenwood Springs.

The second round of Colorado funding is to kick off in January.

Sparq, started just one year ago by veterans of Chesapeake Energy’s natural gas vehicle program, wants to help establish CNG infrastructure in eight states (F&F, March 30). It has contracts for CNG stations in Houston, in Baton Rouge, and in Garden City, Kans.


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Source: Sparq Natural Gas with Fleets & Fuels follow-up 

 

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