Quebec companies Express Mondor (road transport) and Gaz Métro (natural and bio methane supply) have joined with U.S. Venture GAIN Clean Fuel Canada to build a compressed natural gas (CNG) station. This public access station, located in Lanoraie, is the ninth to join the Blue Road and will enable Express Mondor to fuel its new truck fleet while reducing the company’s energy expenses and the environmental impact of its activities.
Construction work on the new station, which represents an investment of CAD 3.5 million (USD 2.6 million) from GAIN Clean Fuel and Express Mondor, has begun and should be complete before the end of 2016. The station will be located along Highway 40, on the north side of Lanoraie’s industrial park. Gaz Métro will supply the station with natural gas.
Introduced in 2011, the Blue Road was the first public network of compressed and liquefied natural gas refuelling stations for Canada’s transportation industry. Some of the stations are located along the corridor of highways A-20/H-401, between Québec City and Toronto. As deployment of the Blue Road continues, more compressed or liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuelling points will be added in a strategic, flexible manner at various Québec and Ontario locations.
“We chose to partner with GAIN Clean Fuel to build this station to secure our position at the leading edge of our industry. Moreover, we have undertaken to acquire 50 new CNG trucks over the next few years to continue to provide stellar service to our customers across North America while also improving our energy and environmental performance,” says Billy Mondor, vice-president of Business Development at Express Mondor.
“We are delighted with our agreement with Express Mondor and at the prospect of the building of this new public CNG station in Lanoraie. The new station will be located alongside Highway 40’s very busy trucking corridor which connects Montreal and Quebec City by way of Trois-Rivières, and will thereby offer the benefits of CNG to other carriers that wish to use an alternative fuel,” explained Marc-André Paquin, director of Business Development at GAIN Clean Fuel Canada.
Thanks to its CNG-powered trucks, Express Mondor will save considerably on fuel costs and gain as much as 30% in efficiency per kilometer, in addition to decreasing greenhouse gas emissions up to 25% with its new trucks. CNG-powered trucks are also less noisy, while remaining as reliable and powerful as diesel-powered trucks.
“Gaz Métro is delighted to see the new GAIN Clean Fuel station become the ninth in the Blue Road: a network of public natural gas fuelling stations that allows carriers to roll with less emissions while offering advantages in terms of both energy efficiency and pump prices. Today’s announcement confirms that transport companies recognize the many benefits of natural gas as an alternative to diesel,” said David Vincent, Gaz Métro’s director of Business Development and Renewable Energy.
(Source: Gaz Métro)