Deal for Fourth Station Takes Freedom to Permian – and Schlumberger
Freedom CNG is trumpeting its fourth compressed natural gas fueling station, and its first outside the Houston area: the firm is planning a fast-fill, truck-friendly outlet in Midland, Texas enabling local use of clean fuel vehicles in the Permian Basin.
Midland is about 300 miles west of Fort Worth.
Schlumberger North America is a key customer.
“We are finalizing the engineering,” says Freedom CNG business development and operations manager John Athon. He told F&F that he hopes to commence operations at Midland late in the third quarter of 2015.
‘Viable,’ Says Schlumberger
“The technology has progressed to a commercialization state which now makes CNG vehicles viable for regular use in our operations,” Schlumberger North America procurement and sourcing manager Jeff Ostrander says in the Freedom CNG announcement.
“At Schlumberger we continually look for the optimal balance between economically viable initiatives and overall environmental footprint reduction, so we look forward to Freedom CNG’s proximity to our Midland operations,” Ostrander said.
“Freedom CNG’s vision for the future is to provide enough accessible, fast-fill CNG fueling stations in the Permian Basin so that fleets have the confidence to adopt CNG as their fuel of choice,” Freedom CNG manager Bill Winters said in the release.
Public Access in Midland
In addition to supporting Schlumberger, Freedom pledges to provide CNG fuel “to third-party users from passenger vehicles to tractor trailers, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“Freedom CNG will encourage CNG usage for local commercial businesses, over the road fleet operators, municipalities, school districts and other governmental agencies,” the company says in its Midland announcement.
Freedom CNG announced its third station, in Houston, for Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, just last month (F&F, February 13).
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Source: Freedom CNG with Fleets & Fuels follow-up