Omaha-based independent energy company Tenaska is launching a natural gas transportation fuels marketing and development company in the United States in response to the growing use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and compressed natural gas (CNG).
Chairman of Natural Gas Vehicles for America (NGVAmerica) Doug Clark has signed on to lead commercial activities for the new affiliate, Tenaska NG Fuels, LLC (TNG Fuels).
Clark is the former president of the Metropolitan Utilities District (MUD) in Omaha, Neb., one of the first municipal utilities to contract with a third party to market LNG to companies transitioning to the fuel for operations or transportation. Clark also oversaw the fuel conversion of a fleet of 200 vehicles from gasoline and diesel fuel to CNG and the development of the infrastructure required to support it, including several public fueling stations. MUD sales of CNG are on track to total the equivalent of 400,000 gallons in 2013.
“The recent proliferation of shale gas production in the United States has made the use of natural gas as a transportation fuel very attractive compared to the traditional diesel fuel used in many types of engines,” Clark said. “MUD saw this and set out to be the leading provider of NG fuels to the transportation industry in the Midwest. I was pleased to lead MUD’s early entry into the market and look forward to leveraging Tenaska’s international reach and strong reputation in the energy industry to develop and expand NG fuels markets.”