Port Townsend Paper Is the Anchor Customer,
XNG Says It Can Support Off-Pipeline Fleets Too;
Meanwhile Orders Ten New CNG Tractors for East
Xpress Natural Gas has opened a new facility to produce compressed natural gas for industrial customers in Washington State. Port Townsend Paper is the anchor customer for XNG’s CNG facility at the Satsop Business Park in Elma, southwest of Seattle, approximately 30 minutes from Olympia and Interstate-5, in Grays Harbor County.
The new CNG terminal uses the Williams’ natural gas line to fill portable tubes for transport to customers, XNG says, stating that it’s “invested more than $6 million in equipment and trucks and trailers to support the first phase of its project with Port Townsend Paper.”
Safe via Broadwind
XNG is using Safe North America compression equipment packaged by Broadwind Energy at the Washington facility.
“From the start, the level of support and outreach from the Satsop Business Park has been helpful and refreshing,” XNG executive sales and marketing VP Matt Smith said in a Grays Harbor County-Satsop release.
For the natural gas vehicle sector, “Each of our full trailers acts like a CNG fueling station in the sense that we have full buffer tanks, and all of the systems with our partners to dispense for fleet applications straight from our trailers,” Smith says.
‘We Can Set Up Fleet Fueling Anywhere’
“What that means for Washington is that we can set up fleet fueling anywhere – not just on a pipeline – and often at a delivered cost less than a traditional CNG station that has to tap a pipeline and pay utility tariff rates on the gas,” he told F&F via email.
“As examples, we can set up CNG fueling right in the Port of Tacoma, where traditional pipelines can’t be extended for seismic reasons.” And, says Smith, “We can set up CNG fueling in locations across the state – particularly southern and eastern Washington – where the pipeline infrastructure currently doesn’t reach.”
XNG Investigating Dual Fuel for Washington
XNG notes that it was founded in 2011, and provides natural gas by truck to off-pipeline industrial and utility customers. Further, “XNG operates the largest fleet of high-capacity, all-composite CNG trailers in North America and is the only provider of CNG services using CNG-powered tractor-trucks” (F&F, April 4).
But not in Washington – yet.
“We are launching Washington on diesels while we pursue dual-fuel,” Smith says. “We really need a reliable 15-liter conversion before we can use CNG-only on the heavier loads.”
“On the East Coast,” he adds, “we just put in an order for ten more CNG tractors.”
Charlie Day and Nick Lange are interim fleet managers at Xpress Natural Gas. Bryce Kelly is operations director.
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Source: Grays Harbor/Satsop and XNG with Fleets & Fuels follow-up