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Spinx, Circle K Open CNG Stations

ANDERSON, S.C. — The Spinx Co. and Piedmont Natural Gas have opened Anderson, S.C.’s first public compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling station. The station is Piedmont’s third public refueling facility in South Carolina and its first station located at an existing convenience store.

U.S. Representative Jeff Duncan (R) joined executives from Piedmont and Spinx to mark the occasion. The event featured refueling demonstrations with several types of vehicles that will use the station, including passenger and commercial fleet vehicles.

“Spinx has been the leader in providing innovative fueling options to our customers since 1972, and the CNG fuel option is an important new choice for fleet operators and individual motorists who appreciate the benefits of natural gas,” said Stewart Spinks, founder and chairman of The Spinx Co. “We are committed to continuing our leadership in this area, and so are especially proud of our new partnership with Piedmont Natural Gas.”

With the opening of the Anderson station, Piedmont now operates 10 public CNG refueling stations throughout North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Piedmont Natural Gas, Charlotte, N.C., is an energy services company engaged in the distribution of natural gas to residential, commercial, industrial and power-generation utility customers in portions of North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Based in Greenville, S.C., Spinx operates 80 convenience stores in South Carolina.

Separately, VNG.Co LLC has expanded its CNG fueling network in Texas with a new Circle K in Houston. To mark the occasion, VNG will offer CNG by VNG for a limited-time promotional price of 99 cents per GGE (gasoline gallon equivalent) at this location.

“We are very excited to be working with Circle K, a leading national convenience and fuel retailer, in bringing CNG fueling to the mainstream and support the development of NGVs in Texas and throughout the nation,” said Robert Friedman, COO of VNG. “Our addition of this high-quality location to our Houston retail CNG fueling network demonstrates the future of CNG fueling and we invite fleets and consumers in the area to experience it today.”

VNG’s newest CNG fueling facility is part of a multi-city public access fueling station development program in major U.S. markets to provide a convenient, safe and familiar CNG fueling experience for drivers of light-duty vehicles such as pickups, vans and passenger cars.

VNG’s facilities offer fast fill times for quick in and out, as well as all of the amenities drivers seek when purchasing fuel, including convenience stores, fast food and clean restrooms.

Based in Bala Cynwyd, Pa., VNG offers CNG by VNG nationwide to support and accelerate the widespread use of light-duty NGVs by national and regional fleets and eventually the mass-market consumer segment. VNG installs, maintains, monitors and operates its company-owned CNG fueling equipment, providing fleets with cost-effective, turnkey CNG by VNG fueling services located within existing retail gas stations.

Owned by Laval, Quebec-based Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., there are more than 3,300 Circle K convenience stores in the United States.


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