Seal Beach, CA-based Clean Energy Fuels Corp. announced last Friday it has a contract with a Dallas-based national truck fleet operator, Dillon Transport, to build, operate and supply fuel to a natural gas fueling station on Dillon's property in Dallas. It will provide both liquefied natural gas (LNG) and compressed natural gas (CNG) for transportation use.
The new facility, which Clean Energy expects to have operating by the third quarter this year, will be a public CNG/LNG fueling station open 24/7. Clean Energy, a T. Boone Pickens-founded natural gas transportation supplier, will provide all of the gas supplies dispensed at the station.
Dillon said the new fueling facility will support its expanding fleet of LNG-powered tanker trucks, many of which are temperature-sensitive and operating throughout the United States and Canada. Its major contract services are concentrated east of the Rocky Mountains, the company said.
Construction of the new Dallas Clean Energy Station will begin immediately. Dillon plans to use it to deploy trucks for delivering raw materials to an Owens Corning shingle production plant in nearby Irving, TX. Both Owens Corning and Dillon are active members of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) "SmartWay" transport partnership, a voluntary alliance of freight industry organizations seeking to improve fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Dillon Owner Jeff Dillon said the new station is part of the firm's efforts to operate "cleaner, cheaper and domestically." Dillon sees benefits to all U.S. citizens from the standpoint of "environmental stewardship, national security [less reliance on foreign oil] and job creation." He said the partnering with Clean Energy and Owens Corning made the new public CNG/LNG fueling station possible.
Clean Energy Chief Marketing Officer James Harger said the project is an example of something other regional and national trucking operators can duplicate, applying what he called "the availability of new class-8 2010 EPA-compliant natural gas trucks" that are offered by several manufacturers. "We commend Dillon Transport for its leadership role in this rapidly growing movement."
With price advantages over diesel, natural gas as a transportation fuel produces up to 23% lower GHG emissions, Harger said. In addition, according to federal government sources, 98% of the natural gas used in transportation comes from the United States or Canada.
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