Clean Energy also acquires controlling interest in NG Advantage to bring natural gas to customers beyond the pipeline
U.S. natural gas fuel supplier Clean Energy Fuels Corp. reports it has delivered for the first time over 50 million compressed natural gas (CNG) gallons in one quarter. The company plans to grow its CNG sales further with a strategic move to expand its CNG market to large industrial and institutional energy users beyond the nation’s natural gas pipeline by acquiring a controlling interest in NG Advantage LLC, a pioneer in the natural gas “virtual pipeline” delivery system.
The NG Advantage investment will primarily be used to fund capital expenditures for expansion and growth in the business. Clean Energy will also purchase NG Advantage’s Milton, Vt., compression station which is on track to supply nearly 16 million gasoline-gallon-equivalents (GGEs) of CNG annually. This station will immediately become Clean Energy’s highest-volume station in its nationwide network of almost 500 stations.
“The NG Advantage purchase is a perfect example of Clean Energy’s focus on aggressively pursuing new market opportunities to help rapidly grow our CNG gas sales,” said Andrew J. Littlefair, President and CEO of Clean Energy. “Our record growth in overall delivered gallons combined with the new market reach of NG Advantage positions Clean Energy to keep growing as our trucking business develops.”
Littlefair added, “We immediately recognized the potential in NG Advantage as a powerful partnership combining Clean Energy’s leadership in natural gas fueling and compressor technology with NG Advantage’s market presence and pioneering delivery system. NG Advantage’s groundbreaking ‘virtual pipeline’ currently brings natural gas to new markets in the Northeast with the potential of expanding to other areas in North America that do not have direct access to natural gas pipelines.”
NG Advantage’s founder and president, Tom Evslin, will remain with the company as CEO and its second largest investor, and will continue to oversee operations from its Milton offices. Founded less than four years ago, the company and the acceptance of the “virtual pipeline” have grown rapidly. As a result of this partnership, Clean Energy expects a significant increase in delivered CNG volume day one and forecasts rapid growth as NG Advantage expands with Clean Energy’s existing station network and new stations built with compressors from its IMW subsidiary.
“Rising and unpredictable fuel costs have made it exceptionally difficult for manufacturers and facilities without access to the nation’s natural gas pipeline network to compete in an increasingly competitive marketplace,” said Evslin. “NG Advantage is forging a new industry which meets this need, and the partnership with Clean Energy ensures our customers will be working with the most experienced natural gas fuel provider at every step in the process. Clean Energy had the foresight to establish the country’s largest network of compression stations. Although they were originally built for vehicle fueling, they compress gas to exactly the pressure we need to fill our trailers and we expect many will be suitable for co-location. We look forward to using this network to rapidly bring the benefits of natural gas to enterprises beyond the pipeline nationwide.”
Founded in 2011, NG Advantage has created a new industry transporting CNG in high-capacity trailers to large industrial and institutional energy users such as hospitals, food processors, manufacturers and paper mills. The CNG is transported in its fleet of tanker trucks, offloaded and used to replace fuel-oil and propane which can save customers up to 40 percent on fuel costs while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by up to 26 percent. Companies burning coal can reduce their CO2 emissions by 50% when converting to natural gas.
NG Advantage has exclusive long-term contracts with more than 20 energy-intensive organizations served by its Milton, Vt., compression facility and the newly-opened Pembroke, N.H., facility. The Pembroke facility utilizes six IMW compressors which can fill approximately 3,500 CNG gallons per hour. The facility is owned and operated by Clean Energy.
(Source: Clean Energy)