Seven companies team to build $2.9M CNG station in Tonawanda

Sep 1, 2015, 12:00pm EDT


David Bertola Reporter Buffalo Business First

Nexus Natural Gas LLC, a consortium of seven regional companies, today unveiled the first collaborative, public compressed natural gas fueling station in Erie County.

The $2.9 million station, to be located at 380 Grand Island Blvd. in Tonawanda, will be open 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week. Drivers of CNG powered vehicles can fuel up in a self-serve manner with credit and fleet card payment methods.

The project was supported by a $570,000 New York Power Authority grant.

The consortium is comprised of Triad Recycling and Energy Corp., Guard Contracting Corp., Speed Global Services, Niagara Metals LLC, The Pariso Cos., O&K Truck Repairs Ltd. and Swift River Associates Inc. The fueling station was opened in partnership with Clean Communities of Western New York, Cobey Energy Inc. and National Fuel.

“Our consortium is comprised of forward looking transportation companies and we believe that converting transportation fleets to compressed natural makes sense economically but also environmentally,” said John Hannon, a partner at Triad.

Hannon said that it was necessary to create the station and locate it in Tonawanda because of trucking volume around the River Road area, where consortium member businesses are located. The member companies, he said, have about 150 trucks among them. Of these, approximately 28 will be converted to compressed natural gas by the end of the year.

He listed a steady supply of domestic fuel, which results in consistent pricing. Burning a cleaner, more eco-friendly fuel, are other advantages that result in trucks lasting a longer.

“The long vision is to build a station and over the long run, know that we have a domestic energy source will make us competitive,” he said.

The Later this week, Tops Markets LLC will open its CNG station. Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority broke ground on their $5.9 million CNG station on Aug. 31.

According to Nexus Natural Gas, compressed natural gas fuel can be used only by CNG-specified vehicles, including light-duty trucks and sedans, taxi cabs, medium-sized trucks, heavy-duty trucks, UPS delivery vans and buses.

“Natural gas offers many advantages over conventional petroleum products, and is produced here in the United States,” said Anna Marie Cellino, President of National Fuel Gas Distribution Corporation. “Compressed natural gas is the smart and affordable choice for fleet vehicles, transit buses, school buses, waste disposal trucks, delivery vehicles and more. We are excited to be a part of this initiative that makes this alternative energy source readily available throughout our region.”

According to a statement by Nexus, 34 U.S. states have at least one public natural gas fueling site, and there are 40 CNG stations in New York State. The U.S. Department of Energy refers to compressed natural gas as a renewable, domestically-produced alternative fuel that increases energy security due to its abundance in the U.S. Compared with conventional forms of fuel like diesel and gasoline, compressed natural gas produces fewer emissions and contains less pollutants.

Please see the Buffalo Business First article below about the new CNG station. (