Oklahoma City Firm Has Pact with Express Fuel Products,
GE’s CNG In A Box for First of Possible Multiple Area Sites
Oklahoma City-based Sparq Natural Gas has disclosed a plan with convenience store operator Express Fuel Products for compressed natural gas fueling in north Houston.
A Valero station in north Houston is the first of a Sparq-Express Fuel network that could eventually number as many as a dozen CNG locations, Sparq says. GE Oil & Gas is supplying a “CNG In A Box” compression package, along with remote monitoring, service and maintenance support. The station is located just two miles from GE offices on Westway Park Blvd.
Sparq has tapped Nevada’s Valley Civil Design Group for site planning, design and engineering, and Oklahoma’s NGV Construction for station construction and general contracting. In addition to the CNG-200 (200-horsepower) GE compressor package, the station will have Kraus dispensers with Oasis nozzles and a CP Industries three-pack for storage.
‘A Critical Northbound CNG Fueling Gap’
The initial north Houston site, to be served by CenterPoint Energy pipeline, is being engineered to serve a “largely untapped vocational work truck, medium-duty market segment located along a critical northbound CNG fueling gap on the West Sam Houston Turnpike,” Sparq says.
“The region enjoys existing natural gas vehicle customer awareness and a realization of the benefits of a fuel whose pricing is consistent and free of the enormous volatility found in gasoline and diesel fuel pricing,” Sparq CEO Norman Herrera said in Monday’s release.
“Sparq’s commitment to provide a modern fueling experience stems from our own knowledge of what customers want: lower priced fuel, at a convenient setting, produced at home in Texas,” said CenterPoint sales consultant Justin Stiff.
“GE Oil & Gas, like Sparq, is interested in CNG stations being developed near our Houston Oil & Gas offices,” said CNG technical sales manager Abraham Aljibouri. “GE Oil & Gas will continue to support CNG station developers who are bringing industry leading technology into the transportation markets.”
Beyond Houston and Beyond Texas
“Express Fuel Products will market compressed natural gas to our key accounts and continue our effort to provide attractive sites that serve our diverse client base in North Houston and The Woodlands,” said Express Fuel Products president Karim Dhukani.
Possible area locations include Magnolia, Spring, and Tomball, Sparq says. Express Fuel may also take CNG fueling to the San Antonio, Austin, and Dallas markets.
Sparq CEO Herrera told F&F that the Houston project is part of his company’s eight-state regional development plan. Sparq is completing engineering, procurement, and construction in four of them, with contracted sites, in addition to Texas, in Baton Rouge, La., Garden City, Kans., and in Pueblo and Trinidad, Colo. Sparq is also targeting CNG infrastructure in Oklahoma, New Mexico, Missouri and Arkansas.
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