Katy-based CNG company adds another Houston fueling station

After working out a deal to tap into natural gas lines, the Houston area now has another compressed natural gas fueling station along Interstate 10.

“We’re starting to build along major routes now so you can go from here to Florida in a semi (truck),” said Katy-based CNG 4 America President and CEO Bob Baldwin of the new CNG station at I-10 and Katy Fort Bend Road. “We think this is a great location.”

In just a few years of rapid growth, the Houston area now counts more than a dozen CNG stations from Rosenberg up to Conroe, including an Apache Corp.-owned station in the Galleria area.

Federal data says there are more than 1,500 CNG fueling stations in the country, including about 850 ones open to the public, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Texas trails only California in total CNG stations with more than 70 public stations and nearly 40 more that are kept private for corporate trucking fleets and other uses.

The Katy station is CNG 4 America’s third to open after other stations in Bryan and Rosenberg. Two others are in the works for Austin and San Marcos.

Compressed natural gas is considered cleaner and less corrosive than diesel. The use of CNG has rapidly sped up thanks to the shale gas boom and cheap natural gas prices.