Clean Energy Fuels Corp. and Mansfield Energy Corp. have formed a joint venture firm, Mansfield Clean Energy Partners, that will focus on providing natural gas fueling options to U.S.-based bulk-fuel haulers.
MCEP's first client will be Mansfield Oil Co., Mansfield Energy's parent organization. The company has already begun deploying compressed natural gas (CNG) tractors to haul diesel and gasoline to customers, and this fleet – 12 heavy-duty NGVs initially – will access fuel at a new Clean Energy CNG station in Atlanta that is scheduled to open in November. A second CNG station, in Tampa, will follow early next year to accommodate additional Mansfield trucks and other fleets of NGVs.
The JV says it is currently engaged in ‘advanced discussions with several bulk fuel trucking companies, representing potentially over 100 new heavy-duty CNG trucks.’ To support these NGVs, MCEP will develop new public-access natural gas fueling stations throughout the U.S.
Clean Energy first began working with Mansfield Energy last spring, when the companies announced their intentions to go after the bulk-fueling sector – and when Clean Energy acquired sister company Mansfield Gas Equipment Systems, which was also a CNG station developer.