Jacksonville’s First Public Access CNG Station Photo: Ken McCray Photography

Jacksonville’s First Public Access CNG Station Photo: Ken McCray Photography

The first public-access compressed natural gas refueling station in Jacksonville, Fla., was opened recently by amp Trillium, a joint venture between ampCNG and Trillium CNG, and beverage distributor Champion Brands Inc.

The station is open 24 hours a day and features a public access card reader system. It is accessible for heavy-duty fleet trucks and includes two dual hose dispensers allowing two trucks to fuel at the same time. The pumps have Trillium CNG’s proprietary fast-fill hydraulic intensifier compressor.

“Jacksonville is a vital part of America’s transportation system,” said Mary Boettcher, president of Trillium. “Having CNG infrastructure that is dependable, accessible and fast-fueling for Class 8 tractors will continue to make Jacksonville one of the most sought after locations for logistics operations.”

Champion is in the process of replacing its diesel fleet with CNG-powered trucks. The first wave of trucks hit the road last October, and the company expects to replace the entire fleet by July 2017. Champion is a Jacksonville-based malt beverage distributor.

“This project is important not only to Jacksonville and our region but also to the future of our economic viability,” said Earl Benton, president and CEO of Champion Brands. “It also supports the Global Cities initiative of increasing exports – the word is out, CNG is available in Northeast Florida.”

The Jacksonville station is located at 9711 Mining Drive off of Highway 1 near the intersection of Interstates 295 and 95 in Jacksonville's Southside Industrial Park.

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