Clean Energy and GE Partner to Expand America’s Natural Gas Highway
On Tuesday, Clean Energy Fuels and General Electric announced an innovative collaboration to expand America’s natural gas highway. Clean Energy will acquire two GE-made MicroLNG plants to provide liquefied natural gas for the network of 70 natural gas fueling stations it is opening at truck stops along critical transportation corridors this year.
“The agreement announced today with GE is one of the most significant milestones in Clean Energy’s history,” said Andrew J. Littlefair, president and CEO of Clean Energy Fuels. “As the long-haul trucking industry begins its transition to natural gas, it will be critical to have a reliable supply of LNG. No other company is as uniquely qualified as GE to help address this need due to its vast experience in energy, technology innovations, and financing capabilities. GE partnering with Clean Energy on these two facilities will not only help ensure an adequate LNG supply for our stations, but it is another confirmation that the transition to natural gas as a transportation fuel is gaining momentum.”
GE Oil & Gas is a world leader in advanced technology equipment and services.
“GE is proud to be partnering with Clean Energy Fuels to develop natural gas infrastructure in the U.S.,” said GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt. “Clean Energy is an industry leader in pioneering a new way for America to fuel its vehicles and to further gain energy independence. With an abundance of cleaner, more affordable natural gas here in the U.S., this is an important opportunity for GE to join Clean Energy in changing the way America drives. It’s also a critical step in developing a natural gas-for-transportation fuel model that can be easily exported to other countries interested in exactly these kinds of breakthrough projects.”
By the end of next year, Clean Energy projects it will have 150 filling stations in place, including ones strategically located on major highways at intervals of 250 miles. The plug-and-play modular MicroLNG units, which are designed to rapidly liquefy natural gas while minimizing a site’s physical footprint, will provide critical infrastructure for these fueling stations.
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