LONDON, ON, Dec. 14, 2018 /CNW/ - Union Energy Solutions Limited Partnership, is an unregulated affiliate of Union Gas Limited - an Enbridge Company, along with its industry partner Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (NASDAQ: CLNE) announced today that they have built a network of three compressed natural gas (CNG) fuelling stations at Flying J and Windsor travel centres along Ontario's Highway 401.
This network of CNG stations will provide heavy-duty truck fleets with convenient access to one of the most affordable and clean transportation fuels commercially available, along some of the most heavily trafficked truck routes in Ontario.
"The transportation industry represents one of the largest challenges in achieving emission reduction targets for its sector," said Mike Shannon, Vice President of Storage, Transmission & IMO, Enbridge, on behalf of Union Energy Solutions Limited Partnership. "Today, about 11 million passenger and commercial vehicles regularly travel Ontario roads. These CNG stations are amongst the first along the Hwy. 401 corridor and will provide a more affordable and cleaner-burning fuel alternative, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions and giving fleet owners an incentive to consider moving away from conventional fuels such as gasoline and diesel."
The three CNG stations are located at:
- Windsor Travel Centre – this location is the busiest border crossing in North America linking to the U.S. Midwest.
- Flying J, between London and Woodstock – this stretch of highway connects Highways 401, 402 and 403 with access to major U.S. border crossings.
- Flying J, Napanee in Eastern Ontario – this section of highway provides connectivity to Eastern Canada and Northeast U.S. border crossings.
The support from the federal government on this project was a critical resource in recognizing the important role that natural gas offerings play in providing affordable emission reduction choices for our country. Natural Resources Canada, through its Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Deployment Initiative, contributed $3 million in total to the three stations.
"These stations provide transport companies with cleaner options to move their goods ̶ cutting costs, reducing pollution and improving productivity," said Peter Fragiskatos, Member of Parliament for London North Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources. "Our Government is committed to growing the infrastructure needed to make it easier and more convenient for Canadians to drive electric and alternative fuel vehicles."
We thank the provincial government for seeing the value and supporting compressed natural gas (CNG) in Ontario, as they take steps to remove barriers to the expansion of CNG fuelling stations, encourage uptake of renewable natural gas generated, and maintain the existing tax exemption on natural gas as a transportation fuel.
"I'm proud that my ministry was part of this cutting-edge project," said Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. "This station is an investment in our future and was made possible thanks to Ontario agri-food businesses developing innovative solutions to environmental challenges."
"I want to congratulate Union Energy Solutions Limited Partnership and Enbridge on announcing the completion of three new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) stations," said Monte McNaughton, Ontario's Minister of Infrastructure. "Our government is expanding access to natural gas to make people's lives easier and more affordable, and to signal Ontario is open for business."
The London CNG station, located at one of the busiest travel centres in the province, will offer renewable natural gas (RNG) fuel supply chain from StormFisher Environmental Ltd., a nearby biogas facility. This station was designed and built in a manner that allows for efficient expansion to accommodate growth in this market.
"StormFisher operates an anaerobic digestion facility in London, Ontario ideally situated next to a medium pressure distribution pipeline a short distance from the new London CNG station," said Brandon Moffatt, Vice-President, Development & Operations, StormFisher Environmental Ltd. "This partnership with Union Energy Solutions allows us to divert organic and agricultural waste from landfill, and repurpose it into renewable natural gas, creating a sustainable and carbon-neutral fuel source for a variety of service vehicles."
Clean Energy Fuels Corp., the leading provider of natural gas fuel and renewable natural gas (RNG) fuel for transportation in North America, designed and built the three CNG stations. With a network of over 530 natural gas fuelling stations, Clean Energy Fuels Corp. owns and/or operates facilities in 43 U.S. states and other provinces in Canada.
"Natural gas as a transportation fuel is the best solution to deliver emission reductions associated with diesel fuel from our highways, roads and communities," said Chad Lindholm, vice president at Clean Energy. "This network of CNG stations will enable heavy-duty truck fleets to confidently travel these routes ensuring they have sufficient fuel as they cross Canadian and provincial borders as well as travelling into the United States."
"We are proud to introduce new CNG fuelling stations at our Flying J locations in London and Napanee," said Clint Lawrence, region manager for Flying J. "Both travel centres are located on key stretches of highway for professional drivers, and these fuelling stations will help to make their journey smooth and seamless while offering a fuel alternative for professional drivers."
About Union Energy Solutions
Union Energy Solutions Limited Partnership (UES) is an unregulated affiliate of Union Gas Limited - an Enbridge Company - that focuses on various clean energy business initiatives in the Province of Ontario.
About Clean Energy
Clean Energy Fuels Corp. is the leading provider of natural gas fuel and renewable natural gas (RNG) fuel for transportation in North America. We build and operate compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas stations (LNG) and deliver more CNG, LNG and RNG vehicle fuel than any other company in the U.S. Clean Energy sells Redeem RNG fuel and believes it is the cleanest transportation fuel commercially available, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by up to 70%. For more information, visit CleanEnergyFuels.com.
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