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ANG Buys Questar & Constellation CNG

December 28, 2016 in CNG, Companies, Infrastructure, investments, milestones, NGVs, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

American Natural Gas Now Has Some 40 Outlets in 13 States
Serving Anheuser-Busch, Frito-Lay, Swift, and Central Freight

Hard-charging American Natural Gas has expanded its network of compressed natural gas fueling outlets to approximately 40, announcing just prior to Christmas the acquisition of 11 CNG stations in Arizona, Kansas, Texas, Utah, California, and Colorado through the acquisition of Questar Fueling, and seven stations in Indiana and Ohio via the acquisition of Constellation CNG.

Anheuser-Busch is now an even lareger American Natural Gas CNG customer.

Anheuser-Busch is now an even lareger American Natural Gas CNG customer.

Anchor tenants of the newly acquired stations from Questar include such prominent fleets as Anheuser-Busch, PepsiCo/Frito-Lay, Swift Transportation, and Central Freight Lines.

The acquisitions were made by ANG parent HC2 Holdings, which noted that there were only two ANG stations at the time of its initial investment in August 2014. Terms were not disclosed.

‘National Footprint’

“Our customers’ needs are driving our expansion,” ANG CEO Drew West says in an HC2 release. “With a national footprint, ANG is situated better than ever to support fleets across the country in broader, more extensive adoptions of CNG.

'It's time for energy independence,' says American Natural Gas.

‘It’s time for energy independence,’ says American Natural Gas.

“These strategic purchases align with our mission to expand our CNG network, extend the reach of alternative fuels, and continue to meet the needs of this growing industry,” he said.

‘A Truly National Company’

“With energy prices on the rise and sustainability efforts growing more critical, we believe there is a growing opportunity in this marketplace to further expand ANG s footprint and to serve the needs of their current and future customers,” said HC2 chairman, CEO and president Philip Falcone.

He described the larger ANG as “a truly national company.”

The acquisition of Constellation CNG includes fueling outlets at

  • 2323 W. Pleasant Center Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46819;
  • 2240 N. Michigan Ave., Greensburg, IN 47240;
  • 510 S. Post Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46239;
  • 290 Yost Dr., Lafayette, IN 47905;
  • 420 Steven s Way, Seymour, IN 47274;
  • 2720 Needmore Rd., Dayton, OH 45414;
  • 5343 Distribution Dr., Findlay, OH 45840; and
  • a parcel of land for the development of an eighth CNG station at 1325 East Drinker Street in Dunmore, Pa.

The HC2-ANG acquisition of Questar includes CNG fueling outlets at

  • 1001 South 65th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85043;
  • 5625 Southwest Wenger St., Topeka, KS 66609;
  • 6580 Kansas Ave., Kansas City, KS 66111;
  • 650 East Centre Park Blvd., De Soto, TX 75115;
  • 4200 Duncanville Rd., Dallas, TX 75236;
  • 5800 Mesa Drive, Houston, TX 77028;
  • 5348 East Houston St., San Antonio, TX 78220;
  • 5260 West 2400 South, West Valley City, UT 84120;
  • 35750 Highway 58, Buttonwillow, CA 93206;
  • 10405 East 40th Ave., Denver, CO 80239; and
  • 14512 Aliso Drive, Fontana, CA 92337 (under construction).

HC2 notes that The 11 Questar stations are designed for medium and heavy-duty vehicles, but are also open to other fleets and members of the general public.

Frito-Lay truck at Questar Fueling’s new CNG outlet in Buttonwillow, Calif., off I-5 just west of Bakersfield

Frito-Lay trucks at the CNG station opened by Questar Fueling in Buttonwillow, Calif., off I-5 outside Bakersfield, earlier this year (F&F, May 2).

Each has between four and seven fueling lanes and either three or four compressors, “guaranteeing consistent capacity and fuel pressure.”

New Mobile Fueling Capability

ANG has also acquired from Questar a state-of-the-art mobile fueling unit, which can be “transported wherever a client needs for temporary fueling or backup redundancy.

“Over the next few months,” states the acquisition announcement, “ANG will be introducing technology and equipment upgrades to the acquired stations so customers can anticipate a smooth, reliable and improved fueling experience.

Service to ‘Continue Uninterrupted’

“Service at all stations will continue uninterrupted throughout the ownership transition. ANG will oversee operations with state-of-the-art 24-hour monitoring platforms and an expert on-call maintenance team.”

Questar Fueling was established in mid-2012 as a non-regulated entity by the Salt Lake City-based Questar, as utility management saw an opportunity to branch beyond Utah and help establish a natural gas vehicle fueling infrastructure across America (F&F, July 17, 2012).

Questar was acquired by Dominion Resources early this year.

Exelon Corp announced the entry of its Constellation unit into the CNG business in early 2015 (F&F, January 22, 2015).

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