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Seal Beach's Clean Energy signs contract with UPS

The firm will fuel a new liquefied-natural-gas station in Las Vegas.

By Brandon RussellPublished: February 23, 2011 02:04 PM

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has been tapped by UPS to design, build and operate a new alternative-fueling station in Las Vegas that could play a major role in the Seal Beach-based firm's planned Southwestern developments.

The facility is expected to fuel 48 liquefied-natural-gas (LNG) package-transportation trucks that travel between UPS facilities in the city and Ontario, Calif., as well as other regional destinations.

“We are delighted to have this opportunity to extend our relationship with UPS to support its efforts to curb harmful air pollution and global warming emissions,” said James Harger, chief marketing officer of Clean Energy. “The new Las Vegas LNG truck fleet is part of continuing efforts by UPS to reduce its emissions from the use of fuels like gasoline and diesel, and to lower its carbon footprint.”

Liquefied-natural-gas demand has been steadily increasing over the years for major trucking companies.

“For our heavy-duty vehicles, LNG has proved successful in reducing emissions, keeping our maintenance and operating costs low and significantly reducing our dependence on petroleum for these shipping lanes,” said Mike Britt, director of engineering at UPS.

Clean Energy is the largest provider of natural-gas fuel in North America. The firm powers more than 19,900 vehicles at 211 locations across the U.S. and Canada. Its new station is expected to open in the first half of the year, and Clean Energy hopes it’ll become a key link in the company's Southwest LNG truck fueling corridor.

“This UPS station project is a major step toward realizing our goal to create a Southwest LNG truck fueling corridor that will extend along major truck transport routes from San Diego to Salt Lake City,” Harger said.

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