Seal Beach-based Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has signed a 10-year partnership contract with Saddle Creek Corp., a logistics services provider, to establish natural gas fueling stations at existing Saddle Creek locations to accommodate a growing natural-gas-powered truck fleet.
A national third-party supply chain logistics company that incorporates transportation, warehousing, contract packaging and fulfillment services, Saddle Creek oversees 29 facilities throughout the country.
The first of Saddle Creek’s planned network of natural gas fueling stations opened in December at the company’s headquarters in Lakeland, Florida. Constructed to fuel up to 120 compressed natural gas trucks per day, each location is outfitted with four fast-fill pumps and 20 hoses. Other branches under consideration include Saddle Creek sites in Atlanta, Dallas and Charlotte.
James Harger, chief marketing officer of Clean Energy Fuels, said, “Investing in natural gas vehicles for its fleets, and the fuel stations to supply them, is clear evidence of Saddle Creek’s commitment to help the supply chain trucking industry lower fuel costs, curtail harmful emissions and reduce dependence on imported oil.”
Mike DelBovo, president of Saddle Creek Transportation, said, “Sustainability is a core strategy at Saddle Creek, and this major new station-building agreement with Clean Energy marks a significant milestone in our efforts to transition our truck fleets to natural gas power. Our aim is to provide the benefits of this clean, cost-efficient, abundant domestic fuel to our shipping industry customers across the nation.”
Currently priced $1.50 or more per gallon lower than diesel fuel, depending on market conditions, natural gas allows a drastic reduction in costs for vehicle and fleet owners, and curtails greenhouse gas emissions up to 23 percent in medium- to heavy-duty vehicles. Moreover, natural gas is a reliable North American energy source, with 98 percent of it consumed and produced in the U.S. and Canada.
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