Love’s set to build and operate 29 CNG facilities in new contract.
Trillium CNG, Love’s Travel Stops compressed natural gas company, was awarded a substantial contract by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT).
Trillium and PennDOT will enter into a 20-year public-private partnership under which Trillium will design, build, operate and maintain 29 compressed natural gas (CNG) facilities in Pennsylvania.
“This is an expansive project that will provide cleaner-burning fuel at a stable cost for transit authorities and residents in dozens of communities,” said Bill Cashmareck, general manager of natural gas for Love’s. “This agreement highlights Trillium’s record of partnering with the public sector and we look forward to building on that strength.”
The locations will supply CNG to more than 1,600 CNG buses at transit agencies across the state. The majority of the facilities will be for private use. Seven locations will serve the motoring public, including light, medium- and heavy-duty trucks. The fueling sites will be strategically placed throughout the state to give fleets and motorists convenient access to more CNG locations. The agreement also includes CNG-related updates to existing transit maintenance and storage facilities.
PennDOT selected Trillium for this public-private partnership because of the company’s background and experience in managing comparable projects and their understanding of PennDOT’s needs.
“This agreement affirms Love’s continued commitment to the CNG industry,” said Cashmareck. “Pennsylvania is one of the largest producers of natural gas and this project will help sustain one of the state’s most valuable industries.”
The locations will be constructed over the next five years, greatly increasing the number of CNG facilities currently open in the state. According to the Alternative Fuels Data Center, Pennsylvania has 61 CNG facilities, 35 of which are open to the public. Pennsylvania-based firms Larson Design Group and American Natural will assist with the implementation of the locations.
Love’s Travel Stops operates five travel stops in Pennsylvania, while Trillium operates three CNG facilities in the state. Trillium has developed several other sites that are now operated by third parties.