West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced Friday that the state process has begun to include natural gas vehicles (NGV) on West Virginia's bid list for 2013 model year vehicles, following a recommendation he received from his NGV Task Force. The contract bid has been included in the state's current purchasing bulletin, calling for 36 different vehicle models with 10 of those specified as being fueled by compressed natural gas (CNG), an announcement from Tomblin's office said. The contract is officially out to bid, the first step towards attaining the state's goal of using its abundant gas supplies to fuel its vehicle fleet, Tomblin said. He also said that the NGV Task Force is exploring potential partnerships "with and among natural gas producers, infrastructure developers, vehicle manufacturers and other industry leaders" to expand the state's fueling infrastructure for CNG. The Purchasing Division will hold a pre-bid conference Aug. 22 and the bid opening is scheduled for Sept. 6. Additional information is available to prospective bidders by contacting the Purchasing Division at (304) 558-4785 or (304) 558-2306.

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