Trucks Running on CNG Deliver CNG to NE Industrial Customers,
XNG Now in Permitting for a Washington Compression Facility, Too
Direct Energy Business and Xpress Natural Gas report that their compressed natural gas facility in Manheim, N.Y. (between Schenectady and Syracuse) is fully operational, providing fuel to regional customers via a fleet of Hexagon Titan tube trailers. And, XNG is in the permitting process for a second compression installation in Tacoma, Wash., says executive VP for sales Matt Smith.
“We do the majority of our transportation using our own fleet of CNG tractors, and expect to be operating 100% of our fleet on CNG by year-end,” he says.
The firm has approximately 50 Titan tube trailers, and operates CNG-fueled Freightliner Cascadia tractors.
New York State’s One and Only
The Manheim facility has an ANGI Energy equipment package with Ariel compressor. “It is the only such facility in the state, and is able to serve business and municipal customers hundreds of miles away,” states the Direct Energy-XNG announcement.
The Manheim CNG Center can fill as many as 45 CNG trailers per day. It has an annual peak capacity of 5.7 billion cubic feet of natural gas.
“Through our relationships with partners such as XNG, we’re focused on providing our customers turnkey CNG solutions,” Direct Energy president John Schultz says in the Manheim announcement. Today’s station opening reflects that commitment and will deliver an innovative solution to energy challenges.”
‘Just Like a Pipeline’
“We provide the customer the transportation, delivery, equipment and maintenance, and optional on-site operational support, to enable the customer to establish natural gas service at remote locations – just like a pipeline,” says XNG VP Smith.
“By leveraging modular equipment, XNG is able to implement a remote solution in as little as 90 days.” Savings can amount to 20% or even 40% on customers’ primary fuel costs, the partners say.
“We have a number of customers already under contract or in service in New York, including a paper mill, a dairy, a hospital and a utility,” Smith told F&F.
The partners see potential from
- local distribution companies;
- mining and mineral processing;
- paper and pulp mills;
- textile mills;
- agricultural operations: dairies and creameries, fisheries, grain processing, greenhouses;
- public and private hospitals;
- colleges and universities; and
- industrial and commercial manufacturing.
XNG handles LNG/liquefied natural gas too, Smith notes, and stands ready to open the Manheim CNG facility to natural gas vehicle fleets when demand warrants.
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Source: Direct Energy Business-XNG with Fleets & Fuels follow-up