California-based TruStar Energy has been awarded a contract for the construction of its first compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station in Guymon, in the US State of Oklahoma. The large, fast-fill station is being built for High Plains Bioenergy, a wholly owned subsidiary of Seaboard Foods – a division of Seaboard Corporation, which uses CNG-powered Kenworth T660s and T800s day cabs to transport pork products and biodiesel.
The two-compressor CNG fueling station will be configured to provide fuel for a wide array of Seaboard heavy-duty vehicles that move products both locally and in an over-the-road application, and is considering the option of proving public access to encourage the uptake of natural gas.
“High Plains Bioenergy is a renewable energy company focused on producing as well as using high-quality alternative fuels for the Seaboard Foods integrated food system,” said Seaboard Foods President and CEO, Terry Holton. “High Plains Bioenergy operates a plant that has been in continuous production since 2008 and produced more than 34 million gallons of biodiesel in 2013.”
“CNG benefits the Seaboard Foods integrated model and helps achieve the company’s sustainability goals, providing numerous long-term benefits that are changing the way the trucking industry fuels equipment,” said Holton, adding that High Plains Bioenergy and Seaboard Foods CNG-powered Class 8 tractors would be delivering their products to destinations throughout the US.
Seaboard Foods ordered 103 Kenworth CNG-powered tractors with the Cummins Westport ISX 12G engine, but that is likely to grow, said Holton.
“Converting from diesel to CNG is a game changer for enhancing the profitability of transportation operations,” said TruStar Energy President, Adam Comora. “Fuel savings from 30% to 50% create significant value for fleet operators and their partners. Natural gas is better for the environment, better for domestic energy independence and better for the bottom line – truly a win-win-win solution.”
With station builds throughout the US and Canada, TruStar Energy has the capability of building 40 CNG stations per year and expects to double that capacity over the next few years.
(Source: TruStar Energy)