On Tuesday, Nexus Natural Gas LLC held a grand opening ceremony for its public-access compressed natural gas (CNG) station, which is located at 380 Grand Island Blvd. in Tonawanda, N.Y.
Nexus Natural Gas is a partnership between seven area transportation companies, including Triad Recycling and Energy Corp., Guard Contracting, Swift River Associates, Speed Global Services, Pariso Trucking, O and K Truck Repair, and Niagara Metals.
In early 2014, the New York Power Authority awarded Nexus a $570,000 grant for the $2.9 million CNG station.
As stated on the consortium's website, ‘Nexus Natural Gas is the result of a two-year journey by a small group of businesses to create a CNG filling station in Northern Erie County. These companies sought to remain competitive and take advantage of the low cost, high efficiency and reduced emissions of natural gas as a fuel source. The goal of Nexus is to provide easy access of natural gas to commercial and personal vehicles alike, who share the desire to use a cleaner, greener and more efficient fuel source.’
According to a Buffalo Business First report, a representative from Triad Recycling and Energy said the consortium companies operate approximately 150 trucks total, and about 28 of the vehicles are slated to be transitioned to CNG by year's end.
The Nexus website says the self-serve, fast-fill station is open 24/7 and has two fueling islands. According to a recent press release from New York-based Cobey Energy, Cobey supplied the station with two CNG compressors, one priority fill panel, one gas dryer, two dispensers and three CNG spheres.
The Buffalo Business First report notes Nexus also worked with National Fuel and Clean Communities of Western New York to open the station.