The Natural Gas Vehicle Institute (NGVi) has started offering an online course for companies considering designing and building natural gas fueling stations, and for those involved with permitting CNG station, according to the company.

The course, "CNG Fueling Station Codes and Standards," provides an overview of national codes and standards that pertain to national CNG fueling stations, including NFPA 52, NFPA 30A, NFPA 70, NFPA 496, American Society of Mechanical Engineers Sections VII, VIII, IX, X and XI, ANSI B31, ANSI/CSA NGV1, 2, 3 and 4 and SAE J1616.

"When it comes to building or operating a CNG fueling station, traditional liquid fueling station suppliers and builders need to learn an entirely new system," said Leo Thomason, executive director of NGVi. "That is why it's imperative that they are properly trained on appropriate code requirements which not only assure the highest reliability of the fueling station, but also protect overall public safety."

CNG stations utilize a unique design and construction practices that require different components that aren’t necessary for conventional liquid fueling stations.

Individuals who complete the course are awarded with an NGVi certificate of completion.

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