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Ogden to install natural gas device

Standard-Examiner
Scott Schwebke
12/13/2011

OGDEN -- The city hopes to begin installing a $603,000 compressed natural gas fast-fill device at the Ogden Public Works Building before the end of the year.

Installation of the fast-fill compressor is to be funded with $300,000 from the Utah Clean Cities Coalition and $303,000 from the city's Fleet and Facilities Department budget, said Richard Brookins, the city's fleet and facilities manager.

It's expected that the compressor will be operational in February at the public works facility, 133 W. 29th St.

The Utah Clean Cities Coalition has indicated it will provide a near match for the city's contribution for the compressor, said John Arrington, the city's finance manager. The city council may appropriate funds for the equipment when it meets at 6 p.m. today on the third floor of the Ogden Municipal Building, 2549 Washington Blvd.

The fast-fill compressor will be used to fill the city's compressed natural gas fleet that includes 10 refuse trucks, two trolleys and one patrol car, Brookins said. The new compressor will allow vehicles to fuel in about the same time that it takes for a vehicle to be filled at an unleaded gas pump.

The compressor will augment the city's current slow-fill compressor, installed in 2009, that can serve 14 vehicles simultaneously. The slow-fill compressor requires vehicles to be hooked up for several hours.

The fast-fuel and slow-fuel compressors will provide a "redundancy" of fueling options, which means one of the compressors can be used if the other fails, Brookins said. Each of the compressors will have separate power sources.

The fast-fill compressor will be set on a concrete pad west of the existing slow-fill compressor.

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