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Compressed Natural Gas Fueling Station Ribbon Cutting
The City of Olathe and Johnson County Government are proud to announce the ribbon cutting of a new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling station, designed and constructed by Clean Energy, located at 1385 S. Robinson Dr., Olathe, KS 66061. The ribbon cutting will take place on Friday, June 22, at 10:30 a.m. This fueling station will fill City CNG solid waste trucks and street sweepers while also providing compressed natural gas to County transit buses.
CNG is less expensive than diesel fuel, domestically produced, and less subject to market fluctuations; providing a cost savings of nearly seven million dollars through the next eight years. The estimated return on investment for the CNG fueling station is six years.
Additional benefits include:
- 20-29% reduction in emissions
- 7,300 fewer gallons of diesel fuel/ truck consumed annually
- 80% decibel reduction
- reduced noise pollution and vehicle noise complaints
- reduced maintenance costs
“Having access to cleaner burning transportation fuel like CNG is critical for air quality in our region, and in turn our residents’ quality of life,” said City of Olathe Public Works Director Mary Jaeger “We are thrilled to be part of this green initiative.”
City CNG trucks have previously been filling at Johnson County’s small Public Works CNG facility off Old 56 Highway. It was anticipated early on that the growth of the City’s CNG fleet would overwhelm the County’s site as diesel Solid Waste trucks were replaced with CNG. In 2014, the Olathe City Council approved the CNG Fueling Station project in the CIP and City staff began working with County management and Fleet and County Transit (KCATA) to explore opportunities for collaboration. In 2015, a City/County agreement was approved for the construction of a shared CNG facility; capable of “time- filling” up to 50 City CNG trucks and “fast-filling” County transit buses. In 2015 the City hired Clean Energy for the design/build of the CNG Fueling Facility.