70 LNG Stations, ‘Several’ Pumping Fuel, Money Is Available
Clean Energy is completing the first stage of America’s Natural Gas Highway for LNG truck fueling this month, and will consider loans and grants to interested fleet operators willing to buy fuel from the company to maintain volumes at the new locations.
“Several” of the 70 completed stations are actually pumping liquefied natural gas today, says Jim Harger, chief marketing officer for Clean Energy Fuels (NASDAQ:CLNE). To open, without the danger of wasteful and destructive venting of LNG, each station needs 25 trucks each burning about 20,000 gallons per year, or 500,000 gallons to carry a the location.
For such customers, “We would entertain the idea of incentives in exchange for a multi-year fuel agreement,” Harger says.
The incentives could be loans or outright grants, he told F&F.
“We have created America’s Natural Gas Highway to support the growing number of long-haul truckers and shippers who are deploying factory-built, heavy-duty trucks powered by natural gas fuel,” Clean Energy president and CEO Andrew Littlefair said at the American Trucking Associations’ natural gas trucking summit outside Washington, D.C, this week.
‘Travel the Country’
“LNG-fueled trucks can now travel the country and reap the benefits of fuel cost savings, reduced dependence on foreign oil, and the lower emissions profile that characterizes this abundant American resource,” Littlefair said in a release.
“We would like to load these stations by meeting with interested customers,” says Harger.
By the end of this year, Clean Energy says, it will have completed 70 new LNG truck fuel stations along highways that link major U.S. metropolitan areas. Many of the stations are located at existing Pilot Flying J truck stops. Clean Energy says that in 2013 it plans to build 70 to 80 additional LNG fuel stations adjacent to long-haul trucking routes and around major warehouse distribution centers in North America.
Clean Energy says that its ANGH stations are in addition to the ongoing CNG station building planned for the company’s traditional markets in transit, refuse, airport/taxi/shuttle and local/regional trucking, “which activity accounts for 60 station projects in 2012 and is expected to account for approximately the same number in 2013.”
The ISX12 G – Enabler
“The LNG fueling stations coincide with the arrival of new natural gas truck engines well suited for heavy-duty, over-the-road trucking,” Clean Energy says. “At the ATA Summit, executives from engine manufacturers and original equipment truck manufacturers such as Cummins Westport, Kenworth, Peterbilt, Navistar, Freightliner and Volvo presented their plans to roll out a variety of Class 8 trucks and engine sizes allowing for varied road and driving requirements.
“Jim Arthurs, president of Cummins Westport Inc., reiterated the scheduled launch of the much-anticipated [11.9-liter, 400-horsepower] ISX 12 G natural gas engine to begin in Spring 2013 with full production and delivery by fall 2013,” Clean Energy said.
ATA chairman Michael Card, who is also president of Oregon’s Combined Transport, said, “We are truly at the cusp of a potential revolutionary change in the trucking industry” as it moves toward more use of natural gas as a transport fuel, according to the Clean Energy release.
“There’s a lot of momentum,” says Harger. “The stations are real.”
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Source: Clean Energy Fuels with Fleets & Fuels follow-up