Georgia Station Is the First for Clean Energy-Mansfield Joint Venture,
The Next Is to Be in Tampa with Half a Dozen More Planned for Next Year
A new compressed natural gas fueling station in Doraville, just northeast of Atlanta, is the first to be opened by Mansfield Clean Energy Partners, the joint venture between Clean Energy Fuels and Mansfield Energy Corp. updated November 25
“Opening the first of many MCEP stations and seeing trucks fueling today brings into focus the potential of this venture,” Mansfield CEO Michael Mansfield said in a release.
“We’ve served our bulk fuel customers with the most innovative fuel logistics solutions for decades; the innovative natural gas solution of tomorrow is now available today with the opening of this station,” Mansfield said.
A Dozen Fuel-Hauling Trucks, to Start, from Ryder System
The card-lock CNG outlet at 2765 Woodwin Road will support Mansfield’s growing fleet of 12 natural gas trucks, as well as other area fleets. “The station will showcase the potential natural gas fuel brings to the significant bulk fuel hauling market segment,” states the announcement.
The trucks are Mack Pinnacles leased from Ryder System. “The value proposition was so compelling it didn’t make sense to own them,” says MCEP president and COO Ira Pearl.
The four-lane station has compressors from Clean Energy’s IMW subsidiary, and two CNG dispensers with provision to add two more.
“As the anchor tenant of the first MCEP station, this growing fleet will be a rolling case study for other bulk fuel haulers contemplating the transition to cleaner-burning and less-expensive natural gas fuel,” said Clean Energy president and CEO Andrew Littlefair.
“Mansfield has shown industry leadership yet again,” Littlefair said.
MCEP’s next CNG station will be in Florida: “We are developing a project in Tampa adjacent to the fuel terminal,” Pearl told F&F. He says he’s working not only with the nationwide fleet of some 65 Mansfield Oil trucks, but with the numerous carrier partners – there are upwards of 900 – who haul some 3.5 billion gallons of fuel for the company.
MCEP expects so open approximately additional CNG station in 2015. “We’ve got about eight different geographies we’re looking at,” Pearl says, naming the Chicago area as a strong possibility.
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Source: Clean Energy Fuels with Fleets & Fuels follow-up