Primarily, the refuelling station will supply Clearwater’s garbage trucks that will be converted to natural gas. Then, it will be open to the public for local residents.
Officials and Clearwater Gas System- a natural and propane gas company that is managed by the city – estimate that every refuse truck converted to natural gas will save USD 12,000 a year on fuel costs. “Within four years, those savings will pay for the initial cost of converting the engines”, stated the representatives.
Clearwater Gas managing director, Chuck Warrington, said: “This CNG station will be the first of its kind in the bay area, although another one is planned for Tampa International Airport, and Peoples Gas has got a grant to build a fuelling station in Ybor City”.
Clearwater will invest USD 1.65 million to build the fuelling station, along with a UDS 450,000 state grant.