Canada-based energy companies Gaz Metro Transport Solutions and La Coop federee are partnering to build public-access alternative fuel stations in eastern Canada.
The companies say liquefied natural gas (LNG) will be the priority, along with compressed natural gas (CNG). But select locations will also offer propane autogas, biofuels and electric vehicle charging stations.
The partnership is a part of Gaz Metro's ‘Blue Road’ initiative, which is focused on building out a network of LNG refueling stations designed primarily for the heavy-duty trucking sector. The first new station under the partnership is set to be built this fall, and a total of five are scheduled to be operational in Quebec and Ontario by the end of 2015.
‘Through our Energies Sonic sector and our Sonic banner, we are already well established in Quebec, with 185 service stations,’ says Claude Lafleur, CEO of La Coop federee. ‘We are thrilled to further pursue our growth with this partnership. The stations – which may also include convenience stores, restaurants, washrooms and free Wi-Fi where available – will become rest areas for all motorists and transporters using the Blue Road.’
The Blue Road, which covers a corridor on highways 20 and 401 between Riviere-du-Loup and Toronto, currently includes three private LNG fueling stations on properties owned by Robert Transport.