Natural Gas Public Fueling Station Open in Perry

Natural Gas Public Fueling Station Open in Perry

The first public compressed natural gas station in Georgia opens in Perry.
PERRY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - The first compressed natural gas station in the state of Georgia is now open in Perry.

Wednesday, the Perry ampCNG/Trillum CNG fueling station held a ribbon cutting ceremony at the natural gas station, which is located, at 523 Perry Pkwy.

President of ampCNG Donna Rolf says compressed natural gas is less expensive than diesel fuel.

"Comparing CNG to diesel it could be a $1.00 or a $1.50 cheaper and that's significant especially for trucks that are hauling or running over hundreds and hundreds of miles a day."

Rolf says most people are unaware of the natural resources that are available in America.

 "People don't realize we have more natural gas here than any where else in the world, here in the United States, and it is made from natural gas from the natural gas pipeline," added Rolf. "We compress it to make it CNG so it's truly domestic fuel."

Trillium CNG Regional Director of Business Development Southeast Region, April Dents says the new compressed natural gas fueling station is built and designed to serve heavy duty trucks that uses compressed natural gas. Dents describes the gas as efficient.

"It's very clean, it's domestically produced and it's much cheaper than diesel," said Dents.

Georgia Department of Agriculture measures fuel across the state daily, according to the commissioner, Gary Black. Black says his department has been working with ampCNG for more than a year.

"We needed to ramp up our technology," said Black. "It takes certain kinds of calibration equipment to be able to work with these types of units. So we had to move into the 21st century as well, the department of agriculture to be prepared for this new fuel to come to Georgia.

Perry Mayor Jimmy Faircloth says it is the partnership between Frito Lay and ampCNG that brought the new station to his city.

"Compressed natural gas is one of the alternative fuel methods for the trucking industry," said Mayor Faircloth. "We're very excited that this is going to be one of the premiere fueling stations for the Middle Georgia region."

Frito Lay corporation is beginning to use natural gas to fuel their tractor trailer trucks. Frito Lay National Fleet Manager, Michael Birk says they are using the natural fuel for sustainability and financial reasons.

"We see there's about a 30-40 percent savings and also 18-23 percent cleaner greenhouse gases from utilizing natural gas," said Birk.

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