Sparq Developing Compressed Natural Gas Refueling in Colorado

Sparq Natural Gas says it will be working with Duran Oil Co., a Colorado-based fueling station and convenience store operator, to bring compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling infrastructure to Trinidad, Colo.

Sparq will build and operate new CNG capacity at an existing Duran Shell station at 806 E. Goddard Ave. in Trinidad. The location – right off Interstate 25 – will fill a large gap in the state's CNG network, as the nearest public-access natural gas station is more than 150 miles away.

‘We are seeing commercial and retail interest and questions on CNG continuing to rise, and we want to meet the needs of our loyal customer base by offering CNG, which will begin in Trinidad, and look to expand across our station footprint,’ says Ray Duran, the company's president.

Duran's complement of locations includes six stations in Trinidad, along with other Colorado stores in Monte Vista, Del Norte and Westcliffe. Duran also operates a location in Raton, N.M.

Valley Civil Design Group will handle the site planning, design and engineering activities in Trinidad, while NGV Construction LLC and Preferred Service CNG are responsible for site construction and general contracting. ANGI Energy Systems – using compressors from Ariel Corp. – will be the main CNG equipment provider. Construction will begin later this fall.

Sparq notes that it is the recipient of an ALT Fuels Colorado grant award to support the Trinidad station, and the company is also a grant awardee to build a CNG refueling site in Pueblo, Colo., which is north of Trinidad on I-25.

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