Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Gap on the Map to be Filled

Below is a map of the latest compressed natural gas (CNG) prices in the TX/LA/OK/AR area.  What's wrong with this picture?


A: There is a big gap on the map in the Haynesville Shale region.

While there are some private CNG refueling stations, nothing seems to pop up to the folks at cngprices.com.  That should change soon when the city of Bossier City  opens a new CNG station on East Texas Street.  (The station will also sell E85 ethanol - with the good sometimes comes the bad).



Bossier City is working on another station off state Highway 72, and next summer Sportran, the Shreveport area public transportation system, will open one pump to the public at its new CNG fueling station for buses.   A couple of weeks ago, Clean Energy Fuels Corp. announced a partnership with Pilot Flying J truck travel centers to collocate CNG fueling centers at some of the Pilot Flying J stations across the country.  No word on whether a station will be located in the area, but it is progress.

The widespread adoption of natural gas vehicles has always been a chicken and egg question.  I'm not sure between NG vehicles and fueling infrastructure which is the chicken and which is the egg, but what is clear is that the increased use of natural gas in fleet vehicles (especially buses and delivery trucks) has created a higher density of users, which is leading to more fueling infrastructure.  As the general public gains access to these fueling stations, you will see more natural gas vehicles sold.  It won't happen overnight, but thanks to folks like T. Boone Pickens, the slow process is underway.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Robert,

Huge fan of your website..

How can I get the Henry Hub Daily Spot Price for the past two years?

Thnaks,

John

Anonymous said...

thanks

Anonymous said...

Disregard, I found what I was looking for and thanks for your website... John