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CNG Energy Taps TruStar in Kansas

March 18, 2015 in CNG, Fleet Order, Infrastructure, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Public-Access Facility for Trucks Hauling Ethanol-Related Products

TruStar Energy has been tapped to build a compressed natural gas fueling station for CNG Energy LLC in Liberal, Kansas. The public access station will support a fleet of a dozen Kenworth tractors hauling ethanol co-products from the local Arkalon Ethanol plant (operated by Conestoga Energy), as well as corn and sorghum feedstocks to the plant.

One of 12 new CNG-fueled Kenworth tractors operated by CNG Energy.

One of the new CNG-fueled Kenworth T880 tractors operated by CNG Energy. Note both rail-mounted and back-of-cab fuel cylinder arrays, by Agility Fuel Systems for a total of 196 DGEs.

The TruStar station with twin 300-horsepower compressors from ANGI Energy equipment will also support customers in the Liberal area and the Oklahoma Panhandle. It’s to open in June, CNG Energy VP Rocky Ormiston says in TruStar’s announcement.

“It all started with our family farm,” he said. “We have been using CNG to power our irrigation engines for 20 years.”

Cost and Cost Stability – and It’s Domestic

Cost and cost stability are key. “You can do a lot of projections as far as budgeting is concerned without the threat of price spikes,” Ormiston says.

Arkalon Ethanol facility in Liberal, Kansas

Arkalon Ethanol facility in Liberal, Kansas

“We’re also using a domestic fuel source instead of something coming in on a tanker from overseas.”

The new CNG Energy station will feature two public fast-fill dispensers with volume that will support not only the 12 new Kenworth tractors, but other commercial fleets and private vehicles as well.

Ten Tractors Already in Hand

“We felt that it was important to provide the public with a place to fuel as well,” Ormiston said.

Ormiston told F&F that he’s taken delivery of ten of the new Kenworths: two T800s and eight T880s with Agility Fuel Systems CNG arrays holding 196 diesel gallon equivalents. Two T880s with 120-DGE packages are expected shortly. The trucks were purchased through Minnesota’s Rhim Kenworth.

“This is a win-win situation for CNG Energy – as the fuel is being used to support one of their core businesses, as well as provide needed fuel to other fleets in the area,” said TruStar Energy VP Scott Edelbach.

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Source: TruStar Energy with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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