The Natural Gas Infrastructure is Already in Place
The U.S. has an extensive infrastructure of underground pipeline systems capable of transporting natural gas from gas wells or from import terminals to over 85% of all U.S. structures. This natural gas system can economically and reliably supply natural gas feedstock to conveniently-located compressed and liquefied natural gas vehicle refueling stations across the U.S. today.
A USNGV LNG station receives its natural gas feedstock directly from the utility company pipes. Moreover, since LNG production is local, on-site where the fleet vehicles need it, the fleet does not depend on a tanker truck distribution supply. The fleet’s own dependence on supply is limited to the local utility’s gas line, which has proven to be more reliable than electrical distribution. This localized production also precludes the need for large storage tanks. When a fleet uses less than 2,000 gallons in a day, permitting is typically an over-the-counter exercise. If the fleet needs more fuel, USNGV can still provide the necessary capacity and take care of the permitting process.
Each USNGV station features built-in secondary containment. This keeps the station portable and reduces site preparation to a simple concrete pad. Without having to accommodate huge storage tanks, safety setbacks from property lines, or extra room to accommodate large delivery tankers, the footprint the fleet’s own LNG fueling station can be very small.
USNGV has three standard sizes of stations which are adjusted to match the fleet’s needs. They are delivered either as one unit or multiple sections via truck with a flatbed trailer. The station is set on a concrete pad with the gas line and 120vac power (if available) brought to the edge of the slab. The station automatically maintains a full tank of fuel, can operate with no external power, and is monitored 24/7 by USNGV to make sure it is functioning properly. A USNGV maintenance team visits the station monthly.