The high-speed station, which can serve two vehicles simultaneously, completes the first phase of an USD 875,000 project (funded with USD 477,000 from federal energy grants and money from the city) and will be finished by the end of the year. The next two other phases include the construction of six dispensing points and a CNG retail station that will be open to the public, reported news site Tulsa World.
Tulsa, the state’s second-largest city, has currently 18 NGVs and authorities hope to eventually have ten percent of the fleet running on the gaseous fuel as high oil fuel prices are hitting city budgets hard. “I think it would be very important for us to eventually convert our entire fleet of large vehicles to compressed natural gas from diesel fuel,” detailed Barlett.
The dispensers used at the new refuelling facility are manufactured by Tulsa Gas Technologies, a firm located in the Green Country area. “The wells are in Oklahoma, so all our production stays in the state as city governments switch over to CNG vehicles,” said the company’s president Tom Sewell.