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Clean Energy Fuels Selected to Supply NatGas Facilities to Cummins

Newport Beach, CA-based Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has been selected as a supplier of natural gas fueling facilities to Indiana-based Cummins Inc.'s North American distribution business unit.

"This will allow Clean Energy to assist Cummins with its continued support for natural gas vehicle [NGV] implementations," a Clean Energy spokesperson said on Thursday.

The deal involved Clean Energy's facility modification services (FMS) unit, which provides NGV facility assessments and design/build services throughout North America. The group works with public- and private-sector operators to support their transition to NGVs.

As part of its FMS business, Clean Energy said it is also installing its proprietary "NGV Easy Bay" for a Ryder System Inc. facility in Jeffersonville, IN.

"NGV Easy Bay is the first code-compliant industrial fabric barrier system," the Clean Energy spokesperson said. "It is scalable and can accommodate a single bay isolation project, or be used to divide a large building into multiple bays, while being retractable for easy storage and can be relocated to multiple facilities."

Clean Energy's FMS unit also is providing design/build services to three McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing facilities with construction expected to begin in early 2017.

In addition, Clean Energy said it has recently signed more than a dozen fueling agreements in the trucking, transit and refuse hauling sectors.

Meanwhile, Frito-Lay and Ryder System Inc. each said it has marked more than one million miles of travel on compressed natural gas (CNG).

Frito-Lay said the company has recorded more than a million miles on CNG in the United States, and it attributed the milestone to "critical expansion" of a national fueling infrastructure for alternative fuels.

"We believe it is critical to have a national infrastructure for alternative fuel to make the industry viable," said Mike O'Connell, Frito-Lay senior supply chain director, noting that his company began pushing CNG use in 2011 and is now up to more than 500 CNG vehicles, more than 35% of its long-haul vehicles.

Ryder said it has logged more than one million miles on its NGV fleet, which also kicked off in 2011. Ryder operates liquefied natural gas (LNG) and CNG vehicles in 16 states and two Canadian provinces.

"Ryder has gained substantial insight into the NGV industry and how to optimize this solution for customers looking to reduce costs and emissions," the company said. CEO Robert Sanchez said Ryder has committed to help customers across multiple industries "reduce fuel costs, lower carbon output and meet their environmental objectives."

Through the use of LNG and CNG, Ryder has displaced 15.4 million gallons of diesel fuel, and eliminated more than 35,269 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, Sanchez said.

Elsewhere, American Natural Gas (ANG) said last Monday it has purchased a third public access CNG station in Arkansas, a two-island facility from Krug Energy in Searcy in the northeast corner of the state. This follows acquisition of two Southwestern Energy stations in Conway and Damascus last May.

In Illinois, Trillium CNG, now a unit of Love's Travel Stops, received a $300,000 grant from the Chicago Transportation Drive Clean Station program toward development of a $1.98 million public access CNG station in suburban Naperville, IL.

This station is part of the city of Naperville's plans to convert up to a quarter of its 500-vehicle fleet to operate on CNG.

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