Private Station Options
Fleets with high enough fuel usage can have a private, in-the-yard compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG) refueling station installed. These private stations can be designed to match the fill times of diesel stations. Typically, at least 15-20 high fuel use vehicles are required to justify the capital investment required for a private station.
Fleets may purchase and install their own stations. They may also contract with a station provider for a complete turnkey station or for services including maintenance, operation, monitoring and emergency response, and design and installation.
Private CNG stations can be set up wherever there is a natural gas pipe in the ground. Private LNG stations require an LNG fuel supply. At present, LNG fuel supply is available in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, and Quebec. Like diesel fuel, LNG is trucked from the production facility to the station where it is stored in an onsite vessel before being dispensed into vehicles.
An alternative type of private station is a time fill station. A time fill station allows all fleet vehicles to be filled up simultaneously by plugging them into fueling posts and filling overnight. These kinds of time fill stations are only available for CNG. They are ideally suited for return-to-base vehicles that come back to the fleet yard at night and that are parked for 8-12 hours or more overnight.
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Public and Commercial Cardlock Stations
Canada currently has 42 public CNG refueling stations. These stations may be suitable for fueling a small number of natural gas vehicles. Public CNG stations are located in four provinces: Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, and Saskatchewan. Click to see public station locations by province. Contact your local natural gas distribution company or the Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance to inquire about truck access and fill times for existing CNG stations.
LNG will be available at three Alberta-based Shell Flying J commercial cardlock stations in late 2012. The stations with LNG are to be located in Calgary, Edmonton, and Red Deer. Fleets will need to have an account and access card to purchase LNG onsite. Both saturated and unsaturated LNG will be available. .