Natural gas infrastructure for transportation expanded
STRATHMORE, Alta.: Encana Natural Gas Inc. has opened a compressed natural gas (CNG) station in Strathmore, Alta. to serve its own natural gas-powered vehicles and to encourage others to switch to the cleaner-burning fuel.
The station, near Calgary, will service 39 Encana vehicles using natural gas at its Clearwater business unit. The natural gas company has converted 128 of its 1,400-vehicle North American fleet to the fuel.
Starting next year, Encana Natural Gas, a subsidiary of Encana Corp. in Calgary, plans to offer the station’s fuelling services to other corporate fleets in the area, and to the public at a later date.
“Encana is leading by example as we convert our own vehicle fleets to natural gas and help build the necessary infrastructure to support its expanded use as an alternative fuel to gasoline or diesel,” said Randy Eresman, Encana’s president and CEO.
The Strathnmore opening follows others this summer in Fort Lupton, Colo. and Sierra, BC. Encana Natural Gas also has an operational CNG station in Parachute, Colo. and Red River Parish, La., which opened to the public in March.
Cars and trucks fuelled with CNG or liquefied natural gas (LNG) operate similarly to gasoline-powered vehicles. There are currently more than 960 natural gas fuelling stations in the US servicing about 110,000 natural gas vehicles.
Canada has a network of approximately 80 public fuelling stations in five provinces.