High-Speed Compressed Natural Gas Fueling Station Opens in Midland, Texas
By: PR Newswire | Apr 13 2016 at 10:17 AM | Intermodal
MIDLAND, Texas - The Permian Basin’s role as a critical fueling location for trucks powered by clean fuel has received a major boost with the opening of a new compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station, located between Midland and Odessa off Interstate 20, capable of sending CNG-powered truckers west to El Paso or east to Dallas. Open 24 hours a day, the all-new Freedom CNG fueling station located at 7400 West County Road 116, east of the Midland Airport, is the only compressed natural gas fueling station in the Permian Basin capable of fueling eight large vehicles at the same time. Moreover, its fill rate of 12 gallons per minute far exceeds other compressed natural gas fueling stations in the market.
“Eight CNG-powered trucks can fill up at our new station simultaneously, without waiting in line, in as little as eight minutes compared to fueling times of over 30 minutes at other stations,” explains Freedom CNG President Bill Winters. “That’s a big difference to a trucker who is trying to maximize the number of loads he can haul per day.”
The well-lit, truck-friendly facility also provides approximately one acre of paved turning space for the largest trucks, he adds.
The new compressed natural gas fueling station is the first for Freedom CNG in Midland. The Texas-based company operates three fueling stations in Houston including its newest north Houston station which also fuels METRO’s new fleet of 50 compressed natural gas-powered transit busses.
Winters adds the opening of the new Midland fueling station sends a powerful message that reliable, fast-fill CNG is available in the Permian Basin for public and private-sector truck fleets of all sizes.
“As additional public access compressed natural gas fueling stations open across Texas, fleet operators will be more likely to consider cleaner burning CNG to fuel their fleets,” he says. “Once they experience rapid and hassle-free fueling, then CNG adoption will accelerate significantly. High-speed fill rates save upwards of a $1 per gallon in operating time, which means trucking companies and drivers can make more money every day while improving air quality in the Permian Basin.”
Compared to their diesel fuel counterparts, compressed natural gas-fueled vehicles produce 20 percent less carbon dioxide and 70 percent less carbon monoxide, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. In addition, exhaust from diesel-fueled trucks includes more than 40 substances listed by the EPA as hazardous pollutants.
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