UPS adding LNG fueling operations in Texas

HOUSTON — Houston and Texas are playing a role in shipping giant UPS’ aggressive plans to build an LNG-fueled fleet.

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. said this week that it inked a multiyear bulk fueling agreement to supply liquefied natural gas to two private UPS stations in Texas, one in Houston and one in Mesquite.

Also, Clean Energy Fuels, which is based in California, will open three of its own LNG fueling stations in Amarillo, Mesquite and San Antonio to the UPS fleet.

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“UPS has staked a leadership role by transitioning their fleet to cleaner-burning natural gas,” said James Harger, chief marketing officer for Clean Energy, in a written statement. “Opening the Texas Triangle to LNG fueling is a significant milestone in the use of natural gas in goods movement and we look forward to supporting UPS’ natural gas fleet as it continues to expand across the nation.”

According to the UPS website, the company plans to create the most extensive private LNG fleet in the U.S. by the end of 2014. It plans to buy 700 LNG tractors as part of that plan.

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