Clean Energy Fuels Corp. and Mansfield Energy Corp. announced the creation of Mansfield Clean Energy Partners (MCEP), a joint venture which will provide natural gas fueling solutions to bulk fuel haulers in the United States, a segment that consumes over three billion gallons of fuel every year. Ira G. Pearl, a veteran of the natural gas industry, has been tapped to lead the Mansfield Clean Energy Partners team.
MCEP’s first customer will be Mansfield Oil Company, which has deployed the first of its recently-purchased 12 heavy-duty CNG trucks to haul diesel and gasoline for its customers. These NGVs will refuel at a new Clean Energy’s station in Atlanta (Georgia) available to fleets throughout the region and forecasted to open by November 2014. A second CNG station in Tampa (Florida), which will support additional Mansfield trucks as well as other regional and national bulk fuel haulers, is expected to open in early 2015.
“As a family-owned company, Mansfield is committed to responsibly operating within the communities where we do business,” said Michael Mansfield, CEO of Mansfield. “Creating this partnership with Clean Energy and deploying natural gas trucks is preparing us for the future and will allow other bulk fuel haulers to take advantage of the benefits of clean-burning natural gas.”
Moreover, MCEP is in advanced discussions with several bulk fuel trucking companies, representing potentially over 100 new heavy-duty natural gas trucks. To support these Class 8 vehicles, the new joint venture will develop new public-access fueling stations throughout the country in addition to the Atlanta and Tampa facilities.
Source: Clean Energy Fuels