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Holiday to sell compressed natural gas at Duluth station
Holiday Stationstores will be adding compressed natural gas (CNG) to its existing 3931 W First Street outlet in West Duluth.
Holiday will also begin operating CNG‑powered trucks in its fuel delivery fleet, the company said in a Thursday news release.
Trillium CNG will build, operate, and maintain the public access fast-fill CNG fueling location. Trillium has 20 years of experience and a national network of compressed natural gas locations, Holiday said in the announcement.
Currently, the local price of CNG ranges between $1.99 and $2.09 per gasoline gallon equivalent.
"We recognize the need to offer customers a cleaner, more cost-effective fuel alternative and are pleased to partner with Trillium CNG on the opening," Brian Ochocki, vice president for Holiday Stationstores, said in a news release. "This will be Holiday's first CNG fueling, and we are excited to offer local fleets this option at a convenient location open 24 hours a day, seven days a week."
Compared with diesel fuel, the company said, natural gas offers a 20-25 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, up to a 50 percent reduction in nitrogen oxide emissions, 70-90 percent reductions in carbon monoxide emissions and 67-94 percent lower particulate-matter emissions.
The station, which is open to all vehicles, will have easy access in and out for heavy-duty fleet trucks. The dual hose dispenser will allow two semitrailers to fuel at the same time, and will features Trillium CNG's proprietary fast-fill hydraulic intensifier compressor.
"We are proud to be working with Holiday Stationstores, who recognize the importance of making CNG available in the Duluth market," said Mary Boettcher, president of Trillium CNG. "Fleet operators know that we stake our reputation on delivering a great fueling experience for our customers Ė fast, safe and reliable."
Boettcher noted that 98 percent of the natural gas used in the United States is produced in North America.
The CNG station in Duluth is expected to be open to the public in mid-September.
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