Clean Energy Fuels said it plans to double the CNG station capacity at Saddle Creek Transportation’s natural gas station in Lakeland, Fla., where an additional 25 heavy-duty natural gas trucks are expected to fuel.
Additional fueling agreements recently signed have resulted in the construction of new natural gas stations to support Clean Energy’s growing portfolio of natural gas fuel customers in the heavy-duty trucking, ready-mix and transit market segments.
Clean Energy will double Saddle Creek’s existing CNG station capacity in Lakeland, Fla., with two additional 300-Horsepower 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 approximately 400,000 DGEs of CNG annually and are scheduled to be deployed in October 2014 once the station capacity has been increased.
Under previously-announced fueling agreements, Raven Transport has begun fueling at the Walton, Ky., station, and NFI hauling for Lowe’s has begun fueling at the Sulphur Springs, Texas, station.
Schwarz Ready Mix signed a contract with Clean Energy to build a private CNG station for the company whose fleet of 16 heavy-duty day cab tractors is scheduled to replace old diesel trucks and begin fueling once the station is completed, which is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2014. 14 CNG ready-mix concrete trucks are expected to be added shortly thereafter as Schwarz continues to replace its old 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.
Second-largest paratransit provider in California also signed a station design, construction, operation and maintenance agreement with Clean Energy. Approximately 60 Ford E-350 and E-450 paratransit CNG buses are anticipated to begin 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 will be responsible for the repair and maintenance of Kings County’s private CNG fueling station and the built and will operate a public CNG station for Aviation CNG, L.L.C., located at 9131 Aviation Blvd., Inglewood, CA. The station features four fast-fueling dispensers with eight fueling points and will help meet the continued growth in CNG demand in Los Angeles. Collectively, the three stations serving LAX and the surrounding area are the highest volume CNG stations in Clean Energy’s nationwide network.
Press Release, July 10, 2014; Image: Clean Energy