SSP, an American manufacturer of instrumentation valves, tube fittings and tubing, entered the U.S. Compressed Natural Gas filling station market last year, and subsequently claims approximately 20% of the stations constructed in 2014 used SSP CNG PlusTM products and services. The company is now setting up regional service centers for high speed station construction. The first CNG PlusTM Service Center will be located in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
With SSP CNG PlusTM Service Centers, regional experts are available to build and install stations safer and faster. Construction services include assistance with bid preparation, training, equipment rental, and material supply for above ground and underground interconnect piping needed to build a CNG station.
“We had a great inaugural year in 2014, but need to move even faster for contractors building CNG stations. Tom Sewell at Tulsa Gas Technologies (TGT) was an early supporter of the new materials and methods we introduced, and urged us to find ways of making them available quicker and without the expense of less than truckload (LTL) shipments from Ohio,” states Gregg Lennon, CNG PlusTM Application Engineer for SSP. “Tom and TGT were not only the inspiration, but also a willing partner with SSP. Tulsa Gas Technologies has 24 years of experience building stations around the world. Being able to provide CNG Plus tooling, training, and materials is a logical extension for their business.”
According to the press release, Tulsa Gas Technologies, formed in 1991, is the largest manufacturer of CNG dispensers in North America, focusing on top-of-the line equipment and service.
CNG station owners will benefit from lower installation costs, staged tooling and in-stock tubing. “SSP is helping us minimize waste and reduce construction time from days to hours with products such as 5500 PSI ¾” coiled tubing, valves and fittings,” states Tom Sewell, president, Tulsa Gas Technologies. “We’re installing complete CNG systems including the dispenser, compressors and storage vessels and facilitating quicker grand openings.”