Encana Natural Gas, an Encana subsidiary, has another place for its fleet of natural gas-powered vehicles to refuel. On Wednesday, the company officially opened a new compressed natural gas (CNG) station in Alberta.
Encana now has six natural gas stations within North America. The stations are found in Fort Lupton, Colo.; Sierra, B.C.; Parachute, Colo.; Riverton, Wy., and Red River Parish, La.
The new station is in Strathmore, about 40 kilometres east of Calgary.
“Encana is leading by example as we convert our own vehicle fleets to natural gas and help build the necessary infrastructure to support its expanded use as an alternative fuel to gasoline or diesel,” stated president and CEO Randy Eresman in a news release Wednesday.
“Operating a fleet of vehicles on natural gas is both an economic and environmental advantage for our business and we are inviting other business operators and consumers to join us in capturing the benefits of this clean, abundant and more affordable fuel.”
Encana has a fleet of about 1,400 vehicles in North America. Of those, 128 have been converted to run on natural gas, as have 15 of the company’s drill rigs.
Of the converted vehicles, 39 are within the Strathmore area.
The new station will be open solely to Encana vehicles this year, expanding to offer service to fleets owned by other businesses in 2012 and then general consumers “at a later date.”
Encana’s station in Louisiana is already serving the public. The United States has more than 960 natural gas stations for about 110,000 natural gas-powered vehicles, while Canada has about 80 public fuelling stations in five provinces.