This project was accomplished by Speedy Fuel in record time: the station has begun fueling operations within 60 days following initial groundbreaking. The company, along with ALT, is also working to expand LNG supply at two additional Speedy Fuel locations in the Southland. These stations are currently in the planning/development stages and are expected to be opened in 2011.
According to Cem Hacioglu, president and CEO of ALT, the LNG station was entirely funded through private funds. “I remember the day that the Termendzhyan brothers discussed their vision for this station. Despite being one of the largest diesel retailers in the Ports, they had the foresight to realize the importance of LNG as an alternative fuel,” he stated during the facility inauguration.
It is worth noting that LNG meets California’s strict emission standards. Consequently, vehicles powered by this fuel produce approximately one-sixth of the nitrous oxides (NOx) and up to 15 percent less greenhouse gases in comparison with petroleum diesel fueled vehicles, reported ALT through a press release.
The opening event was attended by chairman of the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners Nick Sramek, vice mayor Val Lerch, councilwoman Tonya Reyes Uranga and ALT executives.