Kansas Gas Service Announces Upgrades to CNG Fueling Stations
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – April 5, 2012 – Kansas Gas Service announced today that it has completed major upgrades to its public compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations in Overland Park and Topeka, Kansas.
The $560,000 upgrades include doubling the capabilities of compressors, which transform low-pressure natural gas into a transportation fuel, and adding storage tanks to increase the amount of natural gas available at each location to fill vehicles. New dispensers with updated controls make it easier for customers to operate the CNG pumps, improving fueling convenience.
“The upgrades to our CNG fueling stations will allow quicker, more complete and more reliable fills for commercial fleet operators and natural gas vehicle owners,” said Dennis Okenfuss, Kansas Gas Service vice president of administration. “We are committed to providing safe and reliable service to CNG operators who want to fuel with cleaner, more environmentally friendly domestic natural gas.”
Kansas Gas Service was awarded a $250,000 matching grant from the U.S. Department of Energy* to complete identical upgrades at each of its CNG fueling stations. These funds are part of the Midwest Region Alternative Fuels Project and are administered by the Metropolitan Energy Center and the Kansas City Regional Clean Cities Coalition to support projects that expand the use of alternative-fuel vehicles.
The Kansas Gas Service CNG fueling stations are located at 200 E. First St., in Topeka and 11401 W. 89th St., in Overland Park, and are open 24 hours a day. The company operates the only public CNG fueling stations currently in Kansas.
*This is supported by funds under US DOE award DE-EE0002538
Kansas Gas Service provides clean, reliable natural gas to more than 630,000 customers in 337 communities in Kansas. It is a division of ONEOK, Inc. (NYSE: OKE), a diversified energy company. ONEOK is the general partner and owns 42.8 percent of ONEOK Partners, L.P. (NYSE: OKS), one of the largest publicly traded limited partnerships, which is a leader in the gathering, processing, storage and transportation of natural gas in the U.S. and owns one of the nation’s premier natural gas liquids (NGL) systems, connecting NGL supply in the Mid-Continent and Rocky Mountain regions with key market centers. ONEOK is among the largest natural gas distributors in the United States, serving more than 2 million customers in Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas.
Its energy services operation focuses primarily on marketing natural gas and related services throughout the U.S. ONEOK is a Fortune 500 company and is included in the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index.
For more information, visit the websites at www.kansasgasservice.com or www.oneok.com.
Media Contacts:Dawn Ewing
Kansas Gas Service(913) 319-8642