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High speed CNG for Midland, Texas

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The Permian Basin's role as a critical fuelling location for trucks powered by clean fuel has received a major boost with the opening of a new compressed natural gas (CNG) fuelling 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 fuelling station is the only CNG fuelling station in the Permian Basin capable of fuelling eight large vehicles at the same time. Moreover, its fill rate of 12 gal./min far exceeds other CNG fuelling 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 fuelling 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 maximise 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 CNG fuelling station is the first for Freedom CNG in Midland. The Texas based company operates three fuelling stations in Houston including its newest north Houston station, which also fuels METRO's new fleet of 50 CNG powered transit buses.

Winters adds the opening of the new Midland fuelling 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 CNG fuelling 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 fuelling, then CNG adoption will accelerate significantly. High speed fill rates save upwards of a US$1/gal. 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, CNG fuelled vehicles produce 20% less carbon dioxide and 70% less carbon monoxide, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. In addition, exhaust from diesel fuelled trucks includes more than 40 substances listed by the EPA as hazardous pollutants.

Adapted from press release by Francesca Brindle

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