Natural Gas Fuel Structure Proposed for Development
Fears, Ronda, THE JOURNAL RECORD
Paul A. Nelson, vice president of Natural Fuels Corp. in Denver, said the Colorado company is discussing plans with Oklahoma government officials and an Oklahoma company or utility whose identity he declined to reveal.
Oklahoma Natural Gas Co., which has worked with the state of Oklahoma in a conversion program for school buses, said it has not been involved in talks with Natural Fuels. ONG is the state's largest gas utility.
Natural Fuels opened a public compressed natural gas fueling station in Denver in June and an Amoco-branded station earlier this month. Another Amoco compressed natural gas-branded station is set to open next week, Nelson said, and five other Natural Fuels branded stations are planned by year-end.
By the end of 1991, a dozen stations are planned to be open in the Denver area, Nelson said, and 40 stations are projected by year-end 1996. Forty other private fueling stations are planned.
In addition to fueling stations, Natural Fuels is establishing conversion and service centers for commercial fleets and consumer vehicles.
Natural Fuels is a joint venture between Public Service Co. of Colorado, Colorado Interstate Gas Co. and Julander Platt Nelson Inc. of Denver that was formed in March. Colorado Interstate Gas is a wholly owned subsidiary of Coastal Corp.
"Our initial target markets are large and small fleets and environmentally conscious consumers with gasoline-powered vehicles," Nelson said.
"Auto pollution, oil spills, growing dependence on foreign fuel as well as the legislative movement towards clean air have helped natural gas emerge as an energy solution."
Natural Fuels has begun talks with Texas and Oklahoma officials about developing a public fueling infrastructure in those states as well, he said. Plans are to expand into the California, Illinois, Utah, Arizona, Wyoming, New Mexico and Minnesota markets as well, Nelson said. Long term, plans are to expand nationwide and internationally.
Oklahoma officials joined Texas, Colorado and Louisiana officials in a news conference in Dallas last week, using the Middle East crisis to propel natural gas into the forefront of the energy security issue. …