OK given to build natural gas fueling station for biomass trucks

Published: Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 6:22 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 6:22 p.m.

An Orlando company plans to open a compressed natural gas fleet fueling station for trucks delivering wood to Gainesville’s biomass power plant now under construction.

All In One Fuels would operate six pumps and build an office on 62 acres at the Phoenix Commercial Park on U.S. 441 south of Alachua.

The Alachua County Development Review Committee on Thursday approved the final development plan for the project.

All In One Fuels was founded in 2010 to build compressed natural gas stations for customers such as the city of Clearwater and Waste Management.

The local station will be the first owned by the company.

President and CEO Jim Hayhurst said the company has secured fuel purchase contracts with customers that will deliver wood to Gainesville’s biomass plant scheduled to come online later this year.

All In One also will provide a maintenance facility and lease compressed natural gas trucks to customers, he said. It will employ 15 to 20 people.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, there are 545 compressed natural gas stations in the U.S. Florida has seven, the closest being in Tampa and Tallahassee.

“We plan on building a dozen more around the Southeast,” Hayhurst said.

Compressed natural gas is the cheapest alternative to gasoline, according to the Department of Energy. A chart at the energy department’s website shows that CNG costs $2.12 to provide energy comparable to a gallon of gasoline as of October 2012. CNG also produces lower carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions.

The fuel does not have the driving range of gasoline or diesel since less energy can be stored in the same size tank.

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