In Quebec, Canada-based carrier C.A.T. Inc., U.S. Venture Gain Fuel Canada ULC and Gaz Metro LP have broken ground on the first of five GAIN Clean Fuel compressed natural gas (CNG) stations being built for C.A.T. in North America.
The Quebec station will be located at 4 Transport St. in the industrial park of Coteau-du-Lac and will provide the carrier with fuel to support its growing fleet of CNG trucks. The station will be supplied with natural gas through Gaz Metro's network. The opening of the station is planned for this fall.
‘We're excited to break ground on this important project,’ said C.A.T. Inc. President Daniel Goyette. ‘The carrier industry is evolving with the use of CNG, and we are on the forefront of that evolution. Partnering with GAIN Clean Fuel has provided us the infrastructure we need as we continue to convert our fleet from diesel fuel to operating on CNG. It's been a great relationship, and we look forward to leveraging the many benefits of CNG to improve our business and become better environmental stewards.’
Nearly a third of C.A.T.'s fleet of 350 tractors will be converted to CNG. This station, along with four additional GAIN Clean Fuel stations under construction in Toronto, Ontario; Laredo, Texas; Charlotte, N.C.; and Scranton, Pa., as part of the partnership, will be combined with the existing GAIN Clean Fuel North American network to provide C.A.T. with access to CNG.
‘It's incredible to see such an industry leader make this significant commitment to change how it operates,’ said GAIN Clean Fuel General Manager Bill Renz. ‘Many carriers do smaller, incremental conversions, and when they realize the benefits, continue the conversion process. To convert this many tractors at once to CNG shows the level of C.A.T.'s commitment.’
When completed, the new GAIN Clean Fuel stations will provide fast-fill capabilities and will be open for use by other fleets and the general public.