Nopetro Opens Nation’s Largest Public-Private CNG Fueling Facility
Nopetro celebrated the grand opening of what the fuel retailer has called the nation’s largest public/private CNG fueling facility in Orlando, Florida.
The facility is part of a public-private partnership (P3) with the Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority (LYNX). The six-acre facility, which includes five CNG dispensers with the capacity to distribute 40 GGEs per minute, features both a private station for LYNX and a second station open to the public at large.
The P3 also included providing environmentally sustainable upgrades to LYNX’s existing maintenance facility, as well as coordinating the conversion of the existing public bus fleet to CNG vehicles. LYNX is projected to have more than 150 CNG buses within the next five years.
As part of the P3 agreement, Nopetro built the CNG fueling station and upgraded the maintenance facility. The fueling facility is completely privately funded and also includes a shared-revenue component with the regional bus service. TECO Peoples Gas also partnered in the project and is responsible for bringing the natural gas utility service to the project.
“This P3 showcases LYNX’s commitment to sustainable public transportation, and puts us at the cutting edge of a nationwide movement,” said Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, Chair of the LYNX Board of Directors. “Converting LYNX’s fleet to CNG is a complete win/win for our communities. It is positive from a fiscal standpoint, positive from an environmental standpoint, and positive for the millions of riders who utilize the system.”
Nopetro operates one of the nation’s most successful public-private partnerships for CNG fueling—a tri-government P3 in Florida’s capital, with the City of Tallahassee, Leon County and Leon County Schools. Nopetro also has CNG P3 projects in development with St. Johns and Charlotte Counties.