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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

GE and Chelsea Bring 'Plug-and-Play' CNG Stations to Canada

GE and Chelsea Bring 'Plug-and-Play' CNG Stations to Canada
Posted: Oct 4, 2013 11:20 AM | Last Updated: Oct 4, 2013 11:20 AM

TORONTO — Chelsea Natural Gas has purchased 20 compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations from GE Oil and Gas.

Dubbed "CNG In A Box", Chelsea plans to use the fueling stations in a semi-private card lock format that will be shared by smaller-sized fleets. It's the first of its kind in Canada, and, said GE, designed to help build a natural gas fueling infrastructure.

“In Canada, where commercial fleets are smaller, it is hard for individual fleet operators to justify the expense of building their own natural gas refueling facilities,” said Steve Carmichael, CEO of Chelsea Natural Gas. “GE’s CNG In A Box solution allows us to offer a cost-effective way for vehicle fleet operators to take that first step in taking advantage of the economic and environmental benefits that come with using natural gas as a transportation fuel.”

CNG In A Box "is a fully integrated, modular natural gas production system that offers plug-and-play simplicity to promote the use of natural gas as a transportation fuel for both fleet and retail fueling stations," GE explained. The 20 units are also designed to withstand winter conditions in Canada.

“We believe this holistic approach to promoting natural gas vehicles will help companies capitalize on what we expect to be a major game changer in the transportation sector," said Keith Triginer, president & CEO of GE Oil & Gas Canada. "Although achieving scale remains a key challenge in Canada, we are fortunate to collaborate with companies like Chelsea Natural Gas that are actively working to develop the country’s natural gas fueling infrastructure.”

The first units will be delivered in December 2013 to one of Chelsea Natural Gas’s fueling stations, scheduled to open in the spring of 2014.

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