Clean Energy Fuels Corp. continues to make progress toward wider commercialization of natural gas vehicles with projects in Florida, Kentucky, Texas, Oklahoma and California.
In Lakeland, FL, Clean Energy is contracted with Saddle Creek Logistics Services to double the compressed natural gas (CNG) capacity at Saddle Creek Transportation's station in order to serve an additional 25 heavy-duty natural gas-fueled trucks. Clean Energy will add two 300 hp compressors and 55 additional new time-fill fueling points. Saddle Creek plans to add 25 heavy-duty CNG Freightliner 12-Liter Cascadia tractors to its existing fleet of 150 to meet increased customer demand for CNG-fueled logistics.
The additional vehicles are forecasted to consume 400,000 diesel gallon-equivalents (DGE) of CNG annually and are scheduled to be deployed in October once the station capacity has been increased. Clean Energy will continue to operate and maintain the station, which it built for Saddle Creek in 2011.
Separately under previously-announced fueling agreements, Raven Transport has begun fueling at its Walton, KY, station, and NFI hauling for Lowe's has begun fueling at a Sulphur Springs, TX, station.
Elsewhere, Schwarz Ready Mix of Yukon, OK, has contracted with Clean Energy for construction of a private CNG fueling station. A fleet of 16 heavy-duty day cab tractors are scheduled to replace old diesel trucks and begin fueling once the station is completed, which is scheduled for the fourth quarter. Fourteen CNG ready-mix concrete trucks are expected to be added shortly thereafter as Schwarz continues to replace its diesel fleet with natural gas trucks. The station will use a General Electric CNG in a Box system, 20 time-fill fueling points and one fast-fueling point. Once fully deployed, the fleet is forecasted to consume 828,000 DGE of CNG annually.
In Sacramento, CA, Paratransit Inc. is converting its fleet to CNG fueling and has contracted with Clean Energy for construction of a fueling station. The paratransit provider will have 60 Ford E-350 and E-450 CNG buses fueling once the station is operational in the second quarter of 2015. Paratransit intends to transition its entire fleet of 180 vehicles to natural gas, Clean Energy said. The station will be open to the public and feature two fast-fueling dispensers with four fueling points. Once fully deployed, the fleet is forecasted to consume one million gasoline gallon-equivalents of CNG each year.
And at the Los Angeles International Airport, Clean Energy has built and will operate a public CNG station for Aviation CNG LLC. The station features four fast-fueling dispensers with eight fueling points and will help meet the continued growth in CNG demand in Los Angeles. Three stations now serving the airport and surrounding area are the highest-volume CNG stations in Clean Energy's nationwide network.