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Nopetro opens CNG fuel station

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Florida’s leading compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling infrastructure provider, has announced the grand opening of the nation’s largest public private CNG fuelling facility.

The facility, located at the intersection of John Young Parkway and LYNX Lane, is part of a public private partnership (P3) with the Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority (LYNX). The six acre facility, inclusive of five CNG dispensers, with the capacity to distribute 40 gal./min., comprises two stations within one location – a private station for LYNX, and a second station open to the public at large.

The P3 also included providing environmentally sustainable upgrades to LYNX’s existing maintenance facility, as well as coordinating the conversion of the existing public bus fleet to CNG vehicles.

As part of the P3 agreement, Nopetro built the CNG fuelling station and upgraded the maintenance facility. The fuelling facility is completely privately funded, a rarity for this level of infrastructure investment, and also includes a shared revenue component with the regional bus service. Another integral partner in making the facility a reality was TECO Peoples Gas, who was responsible for bringing the natural gas utility service to the project.

“This P3 showcases LYNX’s commitment to sustainable public transportation, and puts us at the cutting edge of a nationwide movement,” said Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, Chair of the LYNX Board of Directors. “LYNX will proudly be home to the nation’s largest facility of its kind. We very much look forward to working with Nopetro on this transformative opportunity.”

Under the terms of the public private partnership, switching from diesel to CNG is expected to provide LYNX with annual positive returns. LYNX is projected to have more than 150 CNG buses within the next five years, resulting in a more fuel diversified and environmentally friendly fleet.

“Converting LYNX’s fleet to CNG is a complete win/win for our communities,” said Jacobs. “It is positive from a fiscal standpoint, positive from an environmental standpoint, and positive for the millions of riders who utilise the system.”

Converting to CNG offers more than financial savings to local government agencies. Experts note that switching to CNG cuts emissions drastically, including particulate matter by 89%, carbon monoxide by 70%, carbon dioxide by 25% and nitrous oxide by 80%.

Nopetro has a strong track record in developing world class CNG fuelling operations. The company operates one of the nation’s most successful public private partnerships for CNG fuelling - a tri-government P3 in Florida’s capital, with the City of Tallahassee, Leon County and Leon County Schools. Nopetro also has CNG P3 projects in development with St. Johns and Charlotte Counties.

“Nopetro is extremely excited to be working with the LYNX team and to bring this proven and sustainable model to the region. Our P3 approach to CNG infrastructure development is best in class and flexible to suit the specifics of any US government fleet,” said Jorge Herrera, co-founder and CEO of Nopetro.

Adapted from press release by Francesca Brindle

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