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IGS Energy to build natural gas stations on Interstate 79

Jan. 18, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

MORGANTOWN -- IGS Energy said Thursday it will build and operate a $10 million network of compressed natural gas fueling stations for vehicles along Interstate 79 from Charleston to Mount Morris, Pa.

The plan calls for stations in Charleston, Bridgeport and Jane Lew, along with the one near the Pennsylvania line. President Scott White said the stations will serve the growing number of businesses and residents using natural gas vehicles.

The company said the so-called CNG Fueling Corridor is the first of its kind since drilling in the Marcellus shale field began to take off.

IGS' CNG Services division plans to begin construction in the next few months, and West Virginia business manager T.J. Meadows said the Charleston and Bridgeport stations should be online by the end of the third quarter. Jane Lew and Mount Morris, he said, should be operational by the end of the year.

However, "this is by no means a 'one and done,"' he said. "We very much anticipate putting stations across the state."

IGS is also looking at a similar network in Ohio, and possibly eventually in Pennsylvania.

"We see it not only as the fuel of tomorrow," he said, "but we see it, quite candidly, as the fuel of today."

Surging production has the gas industry seeking out new markets for its products, and companies are starting to focus more on the transportation sector. They tout natural gas as a cheaper, cleaner alternative to gasoline and diesel.