Applied Natural Gas Fuels is doubling its liquefied natural gas production and storage capabilities at Topock, Ariz. responding to increasing demand from existing customers with the expectation of signing up more.
A second LNG train at Topock will raise Applied’s capacity from 90,000 gallons per day to 180,000 gallons for early 2014, while Topock storage will be doubled to 200,000 gallons by this coming March from 100,000 LNG gallons now.
“We’ll go north of half a million gallons [of storage capability at Topock] by 2014,” says Applied president and CEO Cem Hacioglu.
Applied has a fleet of 34 LNG tanker trailers serving customers primarily in the U.S. southwest. To improve efficiency, a second loading rack is being built as well.
“The company is looking at other opportunities,” Hacioglu told F&F, “for additional production facilities in other parts of the country.”
The pioneering Topock plant was built in 1975 by Ken Kelley of Jack B. Kelley Trucking, and operated as ALT, for Applied LNG Technologies. The current expansion activity follows a debt and equity placement for Applied by Westlake Securities.
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Source: Fleets & Fuels interviews and Westlake Securities release