GIRARD - The Mahoning Valley soon will have its first compressed natural gas fueling station.
IGS Energy CNG Services announced Tuesday it will start construction by the end of the year for the CNG fueling station at the Mr. Fuel truck stop and gas station, 2840 Salt Springs Road, Girard.
The station will support light-, medium- and heavy-duty CNG-fueled vehicles, and marks the beginning of the infrastructure necessary to support Ohio's conversion to natural gas fueled vehicles.
"Natural gas offers an inexpensive and environmentally friendly alternative to gasoline or diesel. This station will offer a convenient location and enable drivers to refuel in about the same time it would take at a conventional gasoline station," said Scott White, president of IGS Energy, in a news release.
Some commercial CNG vehicles include light-duty trucks and sedans to medium-duty trucks such as delivery vans and postal vehicles, to heavy-duty vehicles such as transit and school buses.
Dave Nestic, chief executive of regional operations for the Warren-based Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center, said the development will help move Ohio in the right direction.
"This is a significant step toward what we hope to accomplish for Ohio, especially this region," he said.
IGS Energy said the station will save businesses and individuals who are converting to natural gas vehicles between 30 percent and 50 percent per gallon.
Natural gas, in addition to being cheaper, burns cleaner than gasoline or diesel fuel. Natural gas vehicles also show an average reduction in ozone-forming emissions of 80 percent compared to gasoline vehicles, according to a study by the California Energy Commission.
"Our plans for this CNG fueling station is a component of our response to the emerging market demand for fast, convenient refueling of CNG vehicles," White said.
Founded in 1989, IGS Energy CNG Services provides CNG to the public through a partnership with the city of Dublin and is currently focused on development in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.