in Up Front
print the content item




Stripes Convenience Stores recently opened its first two public-access compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling sites, both located in Midland, Texas. Stripes and partner Apache Corp. held a ribbon-cutting ceremony last week at the new 3200 E. State Highway 158 location to commemorate the company's entrance into the CNG market.

Craig Scotton, Stripes' senior director of fuel services, told NGT News that the facilities were built in order to "meet the immediate demand being generated by vehicles owned or operated by Apache, and for the long-term anticipated growth that CNG is expected to experience."

"Apache has two bases of operations in Midland - a field operations location with CNG vehicles used in the oil field that is adjacent to our I-20 store, and an office in town very near our Big Spring Rd. store, where they are encouraging their employees to convert their personal vehicles to CNG," he explains.

According to Apache's Mark Bruchman, each site features two dual-hose Gilbarco Veeder-Root dispensers that yield 2.0 to 2.5 GGE/minute in capacity. The compressor packages are from ANGI Energy Systems, complemented by Xebec dryers and FIBA Technologies CNG storage tubes.

During remarks he delivered at the ribbon-cutting, company president and CEO Steve DeSutter noted that complementing its gasoline and diesel pumps with CNG "reinforces our mission to give Stripes customers what they want at a great price in our convenient store locations."

This week, CNG was retailing for $1.46/GGE - arguably a "great price" relative to the current cost of diesel or gasoline.

Stripes operates 570 locations in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico.

Related Stories
Latest Top Stories

Clean Fleet Incentive Program Hits Milestone in California

The state's HVIP program launched in 2010 and has been providing vouchers for hybrid and zero-emission trucks and buses ever since.


Anheuser-Busch Switches Entire St. Louis Fleet to CNG

As part of its "Seed to Sip" environmental initiative, the major brewing firm has replaced nearly 100 diesel-powered tractors.


Alt-Fuel Tech and Challenges Highlighted at Colo. Conference

Experts at the recent Green Transportation Summit & Expo explored several industry topics.


Logistics Firm Files Lawsuit After CNG Truck Fire

Among other claims, Kane Is Able alleges Volvo is breaching its warranty obligations.


Would Proposed Heavy-Duty Truck Rules Help or Hurt a Fleet's Bottom Line?

A CALSTART study takes a look at the potential benefits of higher fuel-efficiency standards.