Fuel Management

Chesapeake Celebrates Opening of Its First CNG Station

September 10, 2012

Pictured left to right celebrating the first fueling are Chesapeake council members Debbie Ritter, Suzy Kelly (fueling), Robert Ike, and Scott Matheson.
Pictured left to right celebrating the first fueling are Chesapeake council members Debbie Ritter, Suzy Kelly (fueling), Robert Ike, and Scott Matheson.

CHESAPEAKE, VA – Chesapeake unveiled its first compressed natural gas (CNG) time-fill station at a special “First Fueling” event on Friday, Sept. 7.

The City currently owns 17 CNG-equipped waste trucks and has plans to convert the entire 53-truck waste fleet over the next six years.

"At today’s prices, each truck will save us approximately $17,000 per year in fuel costs. Once all 53 trucks have been converted (by 2018 at the latest) anticipated savings are over $900,000 annually," George Hrichak, CEM, CPFP, fleet manager for the City of Chesapeake, told GF. He added that payback for the cost difference for each truck is 1 year and 10 months, while it's five years for the fueling station.

All CNG trucks will be fueled at the CNG time-fill station. The City is also considering expanding the station in order to provide public access, Hrichak said.

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