Breaking News....More public natural gas fueling stations are coming to Kansas City
The Kansas City area’s one and only public natural gas station is about to get some company.
Fill her up
Kansas City on Thursday introduced an ordinance that would award Clean Energy, a company majority owned by oilman T. Boone Pickens, a 10-year contract to build and operate a station to provide fuel not only for the city’s natural gas vehicles but the public’s as well. A City Council committee is expected to discuss the contract next week.
The public station would be only the fourth in Missouri and could help break a logjam that has prevented more natural gas vehicles from being used in the area. In addition, the city will get quick-fill dispensers that will allow it to use more of the low-price fuel and reduce its costs as well.
“This is a big deal, and it will be a net benefit for the city,” said Sam Swearngin, fleet manager for the city.
Kansas Gas Service in Overland Park currently operates the only public natural gas station. The next closest one is in St. Joseph, which Missouri Gas Energy opened in April.
Now, however, the use of natural gas to fill up motor vehicles is finally getting traction in the KansasCity area. And Clean Energy, the largest provider of natural gas for transportation in North America, is poised to become more visible here after two years of quietly working to gain a foothold.
The company will soon begin construction on two area natural gas stations that will be part of a national network to refuel long-haul trucks. The stations will be finished later this year.
Clean Energy will also provide fuel for Lee’s Summit school buses, and that facility will also be open to the public when it opens this fall.
In addition, the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority on Wednesday picked Clean Energy to fuel the natural gas buses it is adding to its fleet, although the public won’t be able to use the buses’ filling station.
“We’re well underway,” said Scott Vazzana, business development manager for Clean Energy, who has an office i
Thanks Rev, this is really awsome news. This is the kind of news we need to get this tiny snowball rolling. The more customers we get on board the bigger this snowball starts getting, although the snowball still fits in my hand.