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Clean Energy Expanding U.S. CNG Infrastructure

Newport Beach, CA-based Clean Energy Fuels Corp. said it has begun to expand compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling infrastructure in various parts of the country.

On Wednesday, stations were opened in Winslow, AZ, and Albuquerque to serve heavy-duty trucks along Clean Energy's America's Natural Gas Highway network (see Daily GPIAug. 25, 2011).

"Natural gas fueling for heavy-duty trucks is now possible from Columbus, OH, to Los Angeles," a spokesperson said.

Seaboard Transport also said it plans to fuel trucks at the network in nine states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, New Mexico, Ohio, Texas and Virginia. Seaboard Foods plans to deploy 58 CNG heavy-duty trucks for hauling food to customers and ports. Once fully deployed, the trucks collectively would consume about 892,000 diesel gallon equivalents (DGE) annually, offering a greenhouse gas emissions reduction (compared to diesel) of about 2,067 metric tons, according to Clean energy.

Separately, Clean Energy received nine grants totaling $3.6 million from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for station construction and natural gas fueling infrastructure. . The Texas commitment indicates the significance that Texas applies to expanding its natural gas transportation fueling infrastructure, the spokesperson said.

Under a 10-year deal announced last year, Clean Energy opened a first-of-its-kind station in New Hampshire with privately held NG Advantage LLC to serve manufacturing and energy-intensive industrial customers in New England that are beyond the reach of gas pipeline systems (see Daily GPIAug. 7, 2013).

At the Pembroke, NH, station, a minimum of 10 million gasoline gallons equivalents (GGE) of CNG annually would be provided to NG Advantage fleet vehicles. NG would deliver the bulk of the CNG to industrial customers through a "virtual pipeline" formed by a fleet of high-tech CNG tractor/trailer trucks.

"The CNG volumes supplied by this new station are forecasted to be approximately double the CNG fuel volume currently supplied by Clean Energy's highest-volume station," the spokesperson said. "By using natural gas, NG Advantage customers are expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by up to 26%."

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