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SoCalGas opens CNG station

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Owners and operators of natural gas fuelled trucks and autos now have a new, convenient place to fuel in western Riverside County, as SoCalGas opens its new Murrieta compressed natural gas (CNG) station, the company's 15th public access station.

Located at the SoCalGas operating base at 41376 Guava Street, the 24 hour retail station is near the intersection of two interstate highways, I-15 and I-215. It is conveniently situated for trucks and other commercial vehicles travelling between Southern California locations.

While the Murrieta station is accessible to all natural gas vehicles (NGVs), it is designed to provide optimised access for trucks and commercial vehicles. The design features include a wider turning radius and ample space to allow for safe, efficient fuelling for multiple vehicles.

"Fuel availability is a key requirement for any NGV fleet operator and SoCalGas has worked to ensure that Southern California has one of the best CNG refuelling networks in the US; one that continues to grow every year," said Mike Schneider, Vice President of Operations Support and Chief Environmental Officer, Customer Service and Solutions for SoCalGas. "We are pleased to add the Murrieta station to our network and believe its location and truck friendly design will make it a vital asset to NGV fleet operators and the growing numbers of heavy duty trucking customers."

The new SoCalGas station features four dispenser hoses supported by significant storage for improved fill speed and increased reliability, modern nozzles similar to gasoline and diesel dispensers and overhead canopies to protect customers from sun and rain. Energy efficient LED signage enables motorists to compare natural gas fuel prices and drought tolerant landscaping adds beauty together with energy and water saving environmental benefits.

"SoCalGas has done an outstanding job adding this new station in Murrieta. It is convenient, reliable and has easy access for large vehicles," said Jason Osborn, Director of Transportation for the Temecula Valley Unified School District, which operates a 20 strong fleet of natural gas powered school buses. "It is the best and fastest fuel we've ever had at a public access station."

Added Barbara Ortiz-Monson, the Murrieta Valley Unified School District's Director of Transportation, "Murrieta Valley Unified School District has made a commitment to clean energy. We are equipped with a robust CNG fuelling station for our fleet. However, because there are few CNG stations in Murrieta, our district developed a fuelling partnership with SoCalGas to provide fuel through its network, including the new Murrieta CNG station."

Adapted from press release by Francesca Brindle

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