New Encana CNG Station Opens in Parachute
KREX News Room
PRACHUTE, Colo.- For years, the Town of Parachute has served as a hub for extraction of natural gases and Encana officials are excited to open their new compressed natural gas station among these rich fields.
“Its in abundance, low cost and very environmentally beneficial for trucks,” said Matthew Most, vice president of Encana.
As part of an effort to bring more natural gas to transportation fleets, officials started up this four pump facility.
“It’s one of the fastest growing alternative energy fuels,” said Most. “We are seeing CNG stations grow year after year, about 25 percent.”
Most says nation-wide, there are nearly 1,200 CNG stations but half of them aren't open to the public. However, that's not the case here.
“This station is for the whole community,” said Most. “So we are excited that other folks will be able to make use of it and its great opportunity to use natural gas here in Colorado.”
Officials are hoping this new anchor station will be an economic driver to Parachute, which is already one of Colorado’s busiest rest areas.
“We are big on renewable energies and big on green fuels and things along those lines,” said Robert Knight, town manger of Parachute. “Natural gas certainly is the greatest thing going for alternative fuels, compared to high cost of oil that is going to continue to rise.”
Most says Colorado companies, like Encana itself, have made a real commitment to compressed gas and new CNG facilities will help with the conversion process.
“We use compressed natural gas in our fleet,” said Most. “So we have a truck fleets across our entire company of about 1,500 vehicles, and we have converted about a third of that to natural gas.”
The station is already up and running for everyone to use.