Monday, July 20, 2009

Some CNG Conversion Efforts

Here's an article of energy companies jumping on the CNG vehicle bandwagon:

Denver’s EnCana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. recently converted four Ford F-250 pickups, which the company bought for the Denver-Julesburg basin north of Denver, to run on natural gas as well as gasoline. It also plans to convert the company’s 52 trucks in the area to dual-fuel capability by 2011. EnCana also has bought seven Honda Civic GXs — the only car manufactured to run on natural gas — for its employees in Colorado, Wyoming and Texas to use on the job.

• Pioneer Natural Resources Co. (NYSE: PXD), based in Irving, Texas, last winter converted 25 Ford F-250s it runs in southern Colorado’s Raton Basin to operate on natural gas as well as gasoline. In February, the company installed a refueling station for the vehicles.

• The Governor’s Energy Office has applied for a $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s share of the federal stimulus package to help pay for a $27.6 million natural gas vehicle project. The money would be spent on 68 heavy-duty vehicles, such as trash trucks and buses capable of running on natural gas, and building five new natural gas refueling stations across Colorado, according to the office, which expects an answer in August.

Colorado has 18 natural gas fueling stations — 12 in the Denver area — selling compressed natural gas for as low as 80 cents for the equivalent of one gallon of gasoline.

For a little recap, let's not forget AT&T's CNG conversion effort.

- Brewskie

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