TruStar Energy, developer of compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling infrastructure, has announced the grand opening of CNG Energy’s public natural gas fueling station in Liberal, Kansas.
TruStar Energy was contracted to build the station earlier this year with the specific goal of supporting the growing need for CNG fuel for fleets operating out of Liberal, Kansas, the surrounding Southwest Kansas area and Oklahoma Panhandle. TruStar Energy then worked with Black Hills Energy to make the station a reality.
CNG Energy managing member, Rocky Ormiston, understands the benefits of domestic natural gas and believes the time was now for developing a public station in Liberal.
"Two things that we immediately appreciated with natural gas was the cost per MMcf and its price stability over time," said Ormiston. "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 to diesel, ultimately resulting in a dramatic savings in fuel.
The stability that CNG pricing provides is an added benefit fleet owners can count on – especially given the history of diesel fuel volatility, said TruStar Energy president and CEO, Adam Comora.
"With the amount of uncertainty that currently surrounds political events, both here and throughout the world, the stability of foreign oil is anyone's guess. At the same time, the domestic nature of CNG insulates users from price spikes due to world events – making it the perfect fuel for fleet owners trying to control fuel costs and maintain budgets."
The station features two covered and lighted fueling islands that can accommodate both large commercial vehicles, like the 12 tractors owned by CNG Energy – as well as smaller private vehicles. This was something that went into the planning of the station from the very 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."
Ormiston said the station will be open 24/7 and accepts most major credit cards as well as commercial fleet fueling cards.
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