The City of Long Beach, California has awarded TruStar Energy a contract to build and maintain the first Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling station in the city. Long Beach currently has a small but growing fleet of natural gas vehicles (NGVs) and plans over the next six years to acquire an additional 307 CNG vehicles.
The new CNG station supports the City’s commitment to using cleaner, safer and domestically produced fuels for its vehicles. “Using alternative fuels for our refuse trucks and street sweepers is an important part of the City of Long Beach’s commitment to more environmentally sustainable city services for residents,” said Oliver Cruz, Fuel Operations Program Officer for the City of Long Beach. “Compressed natural gas is cost effective and cleaner than other fuels, and safer than liquefied natural gas.”
The CNG station, which will be located at the City’s Fleet Services lot at 2600 Temple Avenue, is projected to be completed by TruStar Energy in November 2016. TruStar Energy will maintain and service the station under a long-term maintenance agreement.
“The City of Long Beach is a true leader in sustainability and in responsible planning of its fleet. By having a CNG station, the City is using domestically produced and abundant fuel that has stable pricing, is safer for drivers and is better for the local environment,” said Adam Comora, President of TruStar Energy. “We’re proud to support the City’s commitment to using sustainable fuels.”
The station will have 100 time-fill posts, three 200 HP Ariel compressors, packaged by ANGI, and a PSB gas dryer. The time-fill system will allow the City to plan more efficiently and to store more fuel in vehicles, keeping vehicle downtime to a minimum.
CNG is insulated from the price volatility of diesel and gas resulting from international conflicts and events, which in recent years have been responsible for dramatic price fluctuations for those fuels. As for the environment, CNG-powered engines are clean and quiet; produce 30 percent less greenhouse gases; and do not need the costly exhaust after-treatment devices and diesel exhaust fluids required for diesel engines. Natural gas engines also have an average of 80 to 90 percent lower noise decibel level than diesel engines.
(Source: TruStar Energy)