Gaz Metro and La Coop Plan Five ‘Multi-Energy’ Stations
Montreal-based Gaz Métro Transport Solutions, which is already promoting natural gas as a transportation fuel, has teamed with Sonic gasoline station operator La Coop Fédérée to launch a network of “multi-energy” service stations.
They will be the first public access stations in eastern Canada to offer liquefied natural gas and compressed natural gas. In some cases, the companies say, they will offer diesel, gasoline, propane and biofuels, and furnish electric vehicle charging services.
The partnership is part of the “Blue Road” development of public LNG fueling stations for heavy transportation on the corridor between Quebec’s Rivière-du-Loup and Toronto. Five public service stations are to be built before the end of 2015 in Quebec and Ontario, the companies say. The first is to be built this autumn.
185 Sonic Stations Now
“Through our Énergies Sonic sector and our Sonic banner, we are already well established in Quebec, with 185 service stations,” La Coop CEO Claude Lafleur says in a joint release. “We are also proud to offer alternatives to traditional fuel, and the energy sources at these stations will evolve to adapt to new energy sources.
“The stations, which may also include convenience stores, restaurants, washrooms and free Wi-Fi (where available), will become rest areas for all motorists and transporters using the Blue Road.”
48,000 Trucks Per Week
“The network of public stations on the Blue Road marks a significant milestone in merchandise transportation,” Gaz Métro Transport chairman Luc Génier said in a release.
Each week, some 48,000 heavy-duty vehicles travel between Rivière-du-Loup and Toronto on routes 20 and 401, says Gaz Métro Transport. The so-called Blue Road currently includes three private fueling stations on properties owned by Transport Robert. There are to be more than eight by the end of 2015.
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Source: Gaz Métro Transport and La Coop Fédérée with Fleets & Fuels follow-up