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Charleston’s natural gas station up and running

Photo by Tom Hindman A new natural gas filling station's pumps are capable of filling four vehicles at the same time. Two 250-horsepower compressors supply natural gas to the pumps, allowing them to fill a tank in roughly the same amount of time as it takes to fill a regular tank at a gasoline pump.
Photo by Tom Hindman
A new natural gas filling station’s pumps are capable of filling four vehicles at the same time. Two 250-horsepower compressors supply natural gas to the pumps, allowing them to fill a tank in roughly the same amount of time as it takes to fill a regular tank at a gasoline pump.

By Jared Hunt

Charleston Daily Mail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Charleston’s new natural gas fueling station had a low-key opening last month and is now providing 24-7 access to fill up vehicles that run on compressed natural gas.

“We are fully functional,” said IGS Energy CNG Services General Manager T.J. Meadows. “Everything has been fully permitted, signed off on and we are now open to the public.”

The Charleston location is the second of three compressed natural gas filling stations to be built by the company along the Interstate 79 corridor this year. The first, in Bridgeport, opened in October with the third site in Jane Lew expected to be operational by the end of the month.

Contractors with Charlotte, N.C.-based energy infrastructure firm Jones & Frank began work on the $2.5 million project in Charleston in August. The facility was built by the beginning of November, with final equipment testing and state approvals occurring in the middle of the month.

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