Compressed natural gas now fuelling heavy-duty transportation along Ontario’s Highway 401

Compressed natural gas now fuelling heavy-duty transportation along Ontario’s Highway 401

Union Energy Solutions Limited Partnership, an unregulated affiliate of Union Gas Limited – an Enbridge Company, along with its industry partner Clean Energy Fuels Corp. have announced that they have built a network of three compressed natural gas (CNG) fuelling stations at Flying J and Husky travel centers along Ontario’s Highway 401.

This network of CNG stations will provide heavy-duty truck fleets with convenient access to one of the most affordable and clean transportation fuels commercially available, along some of the most heavily trafficked truck routes in Ontario.

“The transportation industry represents one of the largest challenges in achieving emission reduction targets for its sector,” said Mike Shannon, Vice President of Storage, Transmission & IMO, Enbridge, on behalf of Union Energy Solutions Limited Partnership. “Today, about 11 million passenger and commercial vehicles regularly travel Ontario roads. These CNG stations are amongst the first along the Hwy. 401 corridor and will provide a more affordable and cleaner-burning fuel alternative, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions and giving fleet owners an incentive to consider moving away from conventional fuels such as gasoline and diesel.”

The three CNG stations are located at:

    • Husky Travel Centre, Windsor – this location is the busiest border crossing in North America linking to the U.S. Midwest.
    • Flying J, between London and Woodstock – this stretch of highway connects Highways 401, 402 and 403 with access to major U.S. border crossings.
    • Flying J, Napanee in Eastern Ontario – this section of highway provides connectivity to Eastern Canada and Northeast U.S. border crossings.

The support from the federal government on this project was a critical resource in recognising the important role that natural gas offerings play in providing affordable emission reduction choices for our country. Natural Resources Canada, through its Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Deployment Initiative, contributed $3m in total to the three stations.

“These stations provide transport companies with cleaner options to move their goods ̶ cutting costs, reducing pollution and improving productivity,” said Peter Fragiskatos, Member of Parliament for London North Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources. “Our Government is committed to growing the infrastructure needed to make it easier and more convenient for Canadians to drive electric and alternative fuel vehicles.”

“I’m proud that my ministry was part of this cutting-edge project,” said Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “This station is an investment in our future and was made possible thanks to Ontario agri-food businesses developing innovative solutions to environmental challenges.”

“Natural gas as a transportation fuel is the best solution to deliver emission reductions associated with diesel fuel from our highways, roads and communities,” said Chad Lindholm, Vice President at Clean Energy. “This network of CNG stations will enable heavy-duty truck fleets to confidently travel these routes ensuring they have sufficient fuel as they cross Canadian and provincial borders as well as travelling into the United States.”

“We are proud to introduce new CNG fuelling stations at our Flying J locations in London and Napanee,” said Clint Lawrence, region manager for Flying J. “Both travel centres are located on key stretches of highway for professional drivers, and these fuelling stations will help to make their journey smooth and seamless while offering a fuel alternative for professional drivers.”

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17th December 2018