MELVILLE, N.Y.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--New compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations, set to officially open next week in three Indiana cities, which have the potential to displace an estimated six million gallons of traditional petroleum fuels annually, offering significant environmental and economic benefits.
“With our volume of trucks fueled by CNG and traffic patterns, we will be a frequent and loyal customer at the new station. We hope that our continued support further solidifies the need for more CNG stations and overall infrastructure for alternative fuels.”
CNG is the cleanest burning transportation fuel commercially available today for heavy-duty trucks and overall costs are significantly less than for gasoline or diesel fuel. The new stations are open to the public, but are mainly designed to serve large public and private truck fleets based nearby or traveling the interstate corridors on which the stations have been developed. Among the large fleet operators that have already agreed to utilize these stations are Bestway Express and Frito-Lay.
Located in Indianapolis, Vincennes and Frankfort, the stations are owned and operated by Northville Natural Gas LLC, a company that develops infrastructure for natural gas vehicles, mainly by working with public and private fleet operators in various industries to help them migrate toward natural gas as a primary fuel.
"The State of Indiana has long been and continues to be a national leader in alternative fuels deployment," said Kellie Walsh, Executive Director of Greater Indiana Clean Cities Coalition, whose role includes encouraging fleet operators in an 11-county area to deploy alternative fuels and technologies. "State legislation that encourages the establishment of CNG fueling station infrastructure like these new facilities in Indiana are creating green jobs, a cleaner environment and reducing our dependence on foreign oil.”
"Frito-Lay is pleased to support Frankfort's first public, fast-fill CNG station," said Mike O'Connell, senior director of fleet operations for Frito-Lay North America. "With our volume of trucks fueled by CNG and traffic patterns, we will be a frequent and loyal customer at the new station. We hope that our continued support further solidifies the need for more CNG stations and overall infrastructure for alternative fuels."
"By converting our fleet of trucks to dual-fuel compressed natural gas, Bestway Express is helping lower emissions and use a lower priced alternative fuel," stated Will McCormick, Bestway's Maintenance Director. "The savings have allowed us to redirect capital to other truck conversions while keeping Bestway Express competitive in the industry."
On Tuesday, October 29, grand openings will be held at the new public access Northville NG Fuels CNG station co-located at the McBe truck stop at 1767 S. Old Highway 41 in Vincennes, Indiana, and at the Indianapolis Airport travel plaza co-located at the PMG Airport Travel Plaza at 8701 Col. H. Weir Cook Memorial Drive, Indianapolis. On Wednesday, October 30, a grand opening will be held at the new public access Northville NG Fuels CNG station at 1490 S County Road 700 West in Frankfort, Indiana.
The Vincennes station was developed to support Bestway Express, a for-hire truckload carrier, and other local fleets. The station is conveniently located a quarter mile north of Highway 41 at the S. Decker Road interchange, providing a convenient fueling waypoint for fleet traffic traveling north-south on highway 41 and east-west on Highway 50 between Cincinnati and St. Louis.
The Indianapolis Airport travel plaza station was developed in partnership with the Petroleum Marketing Group of Woodbridge, Virginia. PMG’s travel plaza at the airport has a range of conveniences for travelers including six fueling islands, one of which is dedicated to Northville’s CNG pumps.
The Frankfort station was developed to support Frito-Lay’s Class 8 dedicated CNG trucks and other local fleets. Just east of the I-65 & State Road 28 interchange, this site boasts easy-off, easy-on access to I-65 and was specifically chosen to maximize convenience for CNG fueled vehicle operators in Frankfort and traveling the north-south I-65 freight corridor.
All three stations feature generous ingress and egress for Class 8 heavy duty tractors with 53-foot trailers, large capacity high pressure stand-by storage and consumer-friendly CNG fuel dispensers, and accept all major credit cards, Voyager, Wright Express/WEX. The Frankfort and Indianapolis Airport stations also accept EFS.
Northville Natural Gas Fuels President Jeff Woods said "Northville is proud to be contributing to the growth in availability of CNG fueling infrastructure in Indiana. Offering high performance fueling at a competitive price, our new public access CNG stations in Frankfort, Vincennes and Indianapolis demonstrate Northville's commitment to partnering with leading fleets to build and operate natural gas fueling infrastructure that supports their operating requirements and also serves the public."
About Northville Industries:
Northville is a 97-year-old 3rd generation family-owned and operated energy company based in New York. Northville’s primary operating businesses include petroleum and biofuel terminals in New York, where they exchange, throughput and wholesale over 40,000 barrels per day through its 1.4 million barrel facility on Long Island, and in New Jersey where Northville holds a 50% equity interest in a 4.1 million barrel refined products storage and terminal facility, which it built, in Linden, New Jersey — a strategic location in New York Harbor that can handle barges or cargo ships and connects to the Buckeye, Colonial and Sun pipelines.
Northville is also the managing partner of Petroterminal de Panama, S.A. (“PTP”), a cooperative venture owned by Northville, the Republic of Panama, and Castor Petroleum. The PTP operation consists of two crude oil terminals on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of Panama having total storage capacity of 14.6 million barrels, connected by a pipeline having a capacity of more than 750,000 barrels per day
Northville started its natural gas fuels business in the fall of 2011 through its subsidiary Northville Natural Gas LLC with the objective of building, owning and operating CNG and LNG fueling stations, and liquefaction plants supporting heavy duty trucking, other commercial fleets, ancillary retail customers, and off-road agriculture, livestock, mining and industrial operations.
Natural Gas Fuels Fact Sheet
Momentum toward greater use of natural gas in the transportation sector is growing. Almost 14 million “natural gas vehicles,” or NGV’s, are in use worldwide, including more than 100,000 in the U.S. This includes tens of thousands of transit buses, refuse trucks, school buses and other vehicles in a wide variety of applications and locations. In many cases, entire fleets run on natural gas in the form of compressed natural gas (CNG).
Several key reasons exist for the growing use of natural gas in transportation: it is the cleanest burning transportation fuel commercially available today and overall costs are significantly less than for gasoline or diesel fuel. With the abundant supply of natural gas in the U.S. – which is easily processed to make CNG to power vehicles -- the advantages will increase. The advantages of natural gas fuel include:
• More economical: Natural gas fuel is roughly $1.50 less per diesel-gallon-equivalent, savings that are forecasted to continue for at least the next decade. Already favorable lifecycle cost advantages improve with federal and/or state tax credits.
• Cleaner and quieter: A U.S. Department of Energy study of United Parcel Service delivery trucks demonstrated that CNG trucks produced 75 per cent lower carbon monoxide emissions, 49 percent lower nitrogen oxides emissions, and 95 percent lower particulate matter emissions than diesel trucks of similar age.
• Domestically produced: The vast majority of the natural gas consumed in the U.S. is produced domestically, while the U.S. imports more than 60 percent of its petroleum, two-thirds of which is used to fuel vehicles in the form of gasoline and diesel.
• Abundantly available: With advanced exploration and production technologies now becoming mainstream, domestic natural gas reserves have grown to more than 100 years of consumption.
• NGV’s widely available: A broad variety of NGV’s in light-, medium- and heavy-duty designs are already available from OEM’s, many of which are also investing in engine development and certification to expand natural gas options. Qualified installers can also retrofit new or existing vehicles with a certified system.