TruStar Energy, one of the nation’s largest designers and builders of compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling infrastructure, has been awarded the contract to design and build a large public-access fueling station for CNG Energy LLC, to support Liberal KS and the surrounding southwest Kansas area and Oklahoma Panhandle.
Rocky Ormiston, CNG Energy’s vice-president who has been associated with CNG fuel for several years, looked to this fuel to power the firm’s 12 Kenworth tractors, which are scheduled to haul ethanol co-products from the local ethanol plant as well as corn and sorghum into the plant.
“It all started with our family farm. We have been using CNG to power our irrigation engines for 20 years,” said Ormiston, adding that the advent of the 12-liter Cummins Westport engine made the decision to move to CNG-powered tractors relatively easy.
“Two things that we immediately appreciated with natural gas were the cost per MCF and its price stability over time,” he said. “You can do a lot of projections as far as budgeting is concerned without the threat of price spikes. We’re also using a domestic fuel source instead of something coming in on a tanker from overseas.”
CNG has been considerably cheaper on a gallon equivalent when compared with diesel.
The CNG Energy station will feature two public fast-fill dispensers with volume that will support not only their own 12 tractors, but also other commercial fleets and private vehicles. This was something that went into the planning of the station from the beginning.
“Our first thought was to develop a private station to support our transport operation,” said Ormiston, “but we realized that other fleets would just go somewhere else—when we had the capacity to provide fuel to them. We felt that it was important to provide the public with a place to fuel as well.”
Public fueling infrastructure is one of the most critical elements needed to ensure the future of alternative fuel, and CNG Energy’s station provides another fueling point in a critical part of the nation.
Ormiston said the station is scheduled to be online in late June 2015.
TruStar Energy is a preferred partner for commercial fleets looking to transition their fuel supply from oil to natural gas. It provides a suite of solutions making the transition as simple as possible for the customer. With station builds throughout the United States and Canada, TruStar Energy is a leader in providing CNG infrastructure and CNG fueling solutions.
For more information, contact Jeffry Swertfeger at 813-957-1846.