Natural Gas Vehicle Institute (NGVi), a U.S. provider of technical consulting and training on natural gas vehicles and fueling technologies, has launched a new e-learning course: CNG Fueling Station Codes and Standards. This video-based course is designed for North American companies interested in or responsible for designing and building natural gas fueling stations, as well as those involved in permitting CNG stations, including code officials or state and local fire marshals.
During this in-depth course, participants will learn about all applicable national codes and standards pertaining to CNG fueling stations. These codes include NFPA 52, NFPA 30A, NFPA 70, NFPA 496, American Society of Mechanical Engineers Sections VII, VIII, IX, X and XI, ANSI B31, ANSI/CSA NGV1, 2, 3 and 4 and SAE J1616.
NGVi’s training team is comprised of CSA and ASE certified instructors, each with more than 20 years’ experience in technical consulting and training on natural gas vehicles and fueling.
To ensure safety during both construction and operation, CNG fueling stations must be designed to meet the requirements of a number of codes and rigorous safety standards. Due to the unique characteristics of natural gas, there are significant differences between CNG and liquid fueling stations. In addition, CNG fueling stations utilize different design and construction practices, requiring entirely different building materials and are made from unique components that are not even
necessary at conventional liquid fueling stations.
“When it comes to building or operating a CNG fueling station, traditional liquid fueling station suppliers and builders need to learn an entirely new system,” said Leo Thomason, Executive Director of NGVi.
“That is why it’s imperative that they are properly trained on appropriate code requirements which not only assure the highest reliability of the fueling station, but also protect overall public safety,” he added. “Since fire marshals are the authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) for the permitting and approval of the construction and operation of CNG fueling stations, their knowledge of the safety requirements and command of the specific codes governing these stations is critical.”
CNG Fueling Station Codes and Standards E-Learning is approximately two hours in length. The course is self-paced with a quick knowledge check at the end of the course. Individuals who complete the course and successfully pass the knowledge check receive an NGVi certificate of completion.
“It is a great tool for anybody who wants learn about major fire, mechanical, electrical and building code applications to the design and construction of CNG stations and to be able to fully assimilate this sometimes perplexing information in a convenient and cost effective way”, concluded Thomason.