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Direct Energy and Xpress Natural Gas open new compressed natural gas station

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Direct Energy Business, a leading energy provider in North America, and Xpress Natural Gas (XNG), the operator of North America's largest fleet of high capacity composite CNG trailers, have announced that the compressed natural gas (CNG) production facility and distribution terminal in Manheim, New York, is now fully operational. It is the only such facility in the state, and is able to serve business and municipal customers hundreds of miles away. The two companies have teamed up to accelerate the availability and benefits of natural gas to customers, resulting in potential savings of 20 - 40% on their primary fuel costs.

The Manheim CNG centre can deliver up to 45 trucks per day of natural gas with an annual peak capacity of 5.7 billion ft3, and features redundant design to ensure reliable service. The centre will provide CNG to remote businesses and municipalities that cannot sufficiently be served from existing pipeline infrastructure. With this facility, commercial and industrial customers throughout the tri-state area will enjoy access to an affordable, reliable and clean fuel source for heating and manufacturing processes.

"With its advantaged pricing, emissions benefits and reduced maintenance costs, CNG is the clear choice for businesses looking to lower operational costs and add long term value," said John Schultz, President of Direct Energy Business. "Through our relationships with partners such as XNG, we're focused on providing our customers turnkey CNG solutions to meet their needs. Today's station opening reflects that commitment and will deliver an innovative solution to energy challenges."

"XNG and Direct Energy Business are making it easier than ever for New York companies to take advantage of cheaper natural gas prices by converting to CNG," said John Nahill, CEO of XNG. "By saving on fuel costs and securing long term emissions reductions, companies that make the switch will be better positioned to compete more effectively."

Businesses across a broad range of industries are already recognising the benefits of CNG both as a primary and peak serving fuel source. The Energy Information Administration's Annual Energy Outlook 2011 reported that natural gas demand in the United States will increase by 16% by 2035 over 2009 demand levels.

Adapted from press release by Rosalie Starling

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