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Piedmont and Spinx open new CNG refuelling station

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On 3 September, Piedmont Natural Gas and The Spinx Company celebrated the opening of Anderson's first public compressed natural gas (CNG) refuelling station at 1207 SC Highway 28 Bypass. The station is Piedmont's third public refuelling facility in South Carolina and its first station located at an existing convenience store.

Rep. Jeff Duncan, who represents South Carolina's 3rd Congressional District, joined executives from Piedmont Natural Gas and Spinx to mark the occasion. The event featured refuelling demonstrations with several types of vehicles that will use the station, including passenger and commercial fleet vehicles.

"Piedmont Natural Gas is excited about partnering with Spinx to serve the growing number of companies and fleet vehicles using CNG," said Karl Newlin, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Piedmont Natural Gas. "More businesses are choosing natural gas because it is an economical and environmentally responsible alternative to gasoline and other transportation fuels. Providing greater access to this abundant, low cost energy source is an important part of Piedmont's larger commitment to growing CNG as an alternative transportation fuel."

"Spinx has been the leader in providing innovative fuelling options to our customers since 1972, and the CNG fuel option is an important new choice for fleet operators and individual motorists who appreciate the benefits of natural gas," said Stewart Spinks, Founder and Chairman of The Spinx Company. "We are committed to continuing our leadership in this area, and so are especially proud of our new partnership with Piedmont Natural Gas."

Vehicles fuelled by CNG release significantly lower levels of carbon dioxide than gasoline or diesel vehicles, and require less maintenance. CNG also costs less than gasoline or diesel, and is currently priced at approximately US$1.81 in South Carolina for the energy equivalent of 1 gal. of gasoline.

With the opening of the Anderson station, Piedmont now operates 10 public CNG refuelling stations throughout North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Piedmont also is working with corporate fleet owners and municipalities to install dedicated CNG refuelling facilities at their locations. In addition, Piedmont has converted approximately one third of its own corporate fleet to vehicles that run on CNG.

Adapted from press release by Rosalie Starling

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