Clean Energy Fuels Corp. recently joined project partners and elected officials to celebrate the opening of the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) station in Mississippi with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Located within the Flying J Travel Plaza at 685 US-80 in Pearl, Miss., the public-access station will support the fueling needs of Raven Transport's 115 LNG heavy-duty trucks hauling goods for ‘a leading consumer packaged goods company,’ according to Clean Energy.
‘The Pearl station opening brings together two key partnerships for Clean Energy,’ said Mike Hendrixson, national account manager of Clean Energy Fuels. “Raven Transport is a recognized leader in transportation, and Pilot Flying J is the largest operator of travel centers and plazas throughout the U.S. By bringing natural gas to these already established fueling centers, the transition to natural gas becomes seamless.”
The facility is one of many Clean Energy stations located within the network of Pilot Flying J, which operates more than 650 locations.
“We're pleased that LNG fueling stations now are offered at more than 60 Pilot Flying J locations,” said Pilot Flying J region manager Dave Mangialardi. “For us, that's what it's all about: making these resources available to our customers – because we're committed to making life better for professional drivers. And as our partnership with Clean Energy continues to make LNG more accessible to drivers, they'll be able to access natural gas from coast to coast.”
State Sen. Dean Kirby, District 30, said, “We are pleased that “America's Natural Gas Highway' comes right through our town of Pearl, but I look forward to seeing it expand throughout Mississippi.”
Photo from left to right: State Rep. Ray Rogers, State Rep. Mark Baker, Pilot/Flying J Regional Manager David Mangialardi, State Rep. Angela Cockerham, State Sen. Dean Kirby, State Sen. Terry Burton and State Rep. Brent Powell.