When your fleet runs on compressed natural gas, it may be ideal for you to build your own CNG fueling station. However, before you start the process, it’s important to ensure you consider the following six things.
1. Your budget.
Before you start any project, it’s very important you create a budget. If you don’t, you could end up running out of money before the project is over, and this can put the project on a permanent hold and be detrimental to the future of your business. Instead, you want to be sure you sit down with the necessary parties and determine exactly how much you have to spend and how that money will be spent.
In addition, it’s also important to be aware of any government grants that may be available for your group, as this can help with your budget. Relying on a professional, such as Ozinga, to help build your CNG station can ensure you locate and receive the right grants.
2. The game plan.
When constructing a CNG station, consider your overall goal and purpose first. For instance, is this station something that your company will use only for your internal vehicles, or will it also be available to the public? If you will make it available to the public, it’s important to ensure your point of sale system is flawless, so consider accepting major credit cards and fleet fuel cards. Answering the tough questions before construction begins will ensure that everyone on your team is on the same page and avoid conflict and challenges along the way.
3. The location.
The overall location of your fueling station is important, and choosing the right location depends on if you opt for a fast fill or slow fill station. If you opt for a fast fill station that’s open to the public, choose a location near interstates or major intersections.
In addition, you also want to consider the layout of your station, specifically the entrances and exits. Keep in mind that many of the vehicles accessing your location may be larger in size, so having sharp turns or narrow roads will make it difficult for these vehicles to navigate safely.
CNG stations are not built the same as traditional fuel stations. Different safety measures must be taken to ensure your fleet and your building are kept safe. Make sure you work with a reputable company that understands CNG station safety requirements and that your building is up to code in your specific location.
Different equipment options are available for CNG station construction, so be sure to choose the right options. If your CNG station isn’t set up properly, it will cause an array of problems. Be sure you’re always choosing the right parts and equipment to ensure your station operates smoothly post-construction. For instance, some companies may try to oversell a compressor by putting in a bigger system, and bigger is not always better.
6. The right partner.
Constructing a new station is not something that should be tackled by yourself. Instead, it’s important to partner with a trusted and professional company to help you design and build a station that suits your specific needs. Ozinga has years of experience building CNG stations for a variety of customers. Let our team fulfill your needs today.