Three companies have officially unveiled Colorado’s latest compressed natural gas (CNG) station, further connecting the US’s CNG fleets and setting the foundation for future stations.

GE Oil & Gas, Sparq Natural Gas and Noble Energy officially opened the station, which is Colorado’s seventh public CNG site, in Weld County last week.

This latest instatement represents the first installations of GE’s second-generation and optimised CNG In-A-BoxTM modular technology – a turnkey, modular solution for fleet operators to fuel natural gas vehicles (NGVs).

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Source: Sparq

GE’s second-generation CNG In A Box™ modular technology is a compact, turnkey solution that makes it faster, easier and cheaper to build stations and for fleet operators to fuel their natural gas vehicles.

The Eaton station, which is Sparq’s third installation in 12 months, took only four months to complete, from ground-breaking to public opening, using GE’s modular approach.

Norman Herrera, CEO of Sparq, enthused, “Sparq is committed to providing Colorado NGV operators a regional network of high-performing, attractive, and conveniently located CNG stations. CNG offers fleets and consumers alike, a discount at the fuel pump while burning a clean Colorado-produced fuel.”

The station was funded in part by a $500,000 grant awarded through the Colorado Energy Office’s (CEO’s) ALT Fuels Colorado programme and will play a pivotal role in building a connected alternative fuel corridor of natural gas stations across the US state.

Typically, CNG-fuelled vehicles reduce smog-causing pollutants by more than 70% and emit 25% less CO2 than conventional fuels.