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Amarillo, Texas, to get first public-access CNG station; will handle HD trucks

In addition to the Amarillo and Waco stations, the ampTrillium joint venture is set to bring six additional stations to Texas. (Courtesy: amp Trillium)

The Trucker News Services

8/8/2014

CHICAGO — amp Trillium, the joint venture between ampCNG and Trillium CNG, has opened the first public-access compressed natural gas (CNG) station in the city of Amarillo, Texas.

Located at 2225 South Pullman Road, the station will service Class-8 trucks as well as any CNG vehicle. The station is a half-mile south off Exit 77 on Interstate 40.

The Amarillo station is the second of seven public fueling stations to open as part of a previously announced agreement with Dairy Farmers of America and Select Milk Producers to convert a portion of their diesel fleets to CNG-powered trucks.

Three Class-8 trucks will be able to fuel simultaneously at 10-12 GGE per minute. The station features Trillium CNG’s proprietary fast-fill hydraulic intensifier and will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and will accept all major credit cards.

“Two weeks ago we opened our CNG station in Waco. The Amarillo debut will move Texas further ahead in realizing CNG as the fuel of choice for heavy trucking,” said Steve Josephs, director of engineering and co-founder of amp CNG. “As we continue building our network of fast-fill CNG stations across the U.S. we’re able to provide this cheap, clean and domestic fuel to more fleets seeking to switch from diesel to CNG.”

The Waco station is located on Texas 6N/Texas Loop 340 N/Meridan.

“Expanding the number of public access CNG stations capable of supporting Class-8 trucks is a priority for us,” said Mary Boettcher, president of Trillium CNG. “We’re glad to be bringing natural gas to the Amarillo market, farther expanding our station network in Texas, and making the decision by fleet operators to convert their vehicles to CNG an easy one.”

In addition to the Amarillo and Waco stations, the amp Trillium joint venture is set to bring six additional stations to Texas (Harrold, Rosenberg, Sweetwater, Brock, Kerrville and Midland) within the next six months.

Josephs said CNG is domestic, abundant and about 40 percent less expensive than diesel. It reduces dependence on foreign oil and has significant environmental benefits.

“Because it is the cleanest burning fossil fuel, CNG cars and trucks require less vehicle maintenance and enjoy a longer engine life. Given these benefits, the long-term savings far outweigh the incremental costs associated with converting to CNG,” he said. 

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