COTEAU-DU-LAC, Que. – GAIN Clean Fuel together with C.A.T. and Gaz Metro opened Quebec’s first GAIN Clean Fuel compressed natural gas public station this week.
The new station is located at 4 Transport Street in the industrial park of Coteau-du-Lac and will provide North American carriers with alternative fuel to support C.A.T.’s growing fleet of CNG trucks. Many local dignitaries attended the grand opening.
“The fight against climate change pushes us to innovate and rethink the way things were done in various sectors, including the transportation sector which emits close to 45% of total greenhouse gas emissions in Quebec. The Government supports Quebec businesses in their transition into this carbon constrained world. The Ecocamionnage program gives businesses the necessary leverage to contribute, in their own way, to reducing their GHG emissions, and thus, take steps toward more sustainable practices,” said Robert Poeti, Quebec Minister of Transport.
Daniel Goyette, president of C.A.T. commented: “We’re proud to be a leader in the industry in utilizing CNG to reduce emissions. We’ve made an investment in our future with the conversion of more than 100 trucks to CNG. It’s been a very positive move by reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and creating fuel price stability. We couldn’t be happier with our partnership to make this facility a reality.”
Goyette added that close to one third of C.A.T’s fleet operates on CNG.
The partnership involves U.S. Venture Gain Fuel Canada – which owns the GAIN Clean Fuel brand and builds and operates the station, and Gaz Métro – the supplier of natural gas to the facility.
“We’re excited for the opening of the first GAIN Clean Fuel station in Quebec,” said David Vincent, director, business development and renewable energies at Gaz Metro. “It’s great to see C.A.T. take a leadership role in helping to get this station built. They have definitely embraced alternative energy and we hope that other carriers follow C.A.T.’s lead and take advantage of the many benefits CNG offers.”
This is the second of five GAIN Clean Fuel station locations to open in North America in partnership with C.A.T. The first station opened in Mississauga, Ontario in late October. The other three stations locations include Laredo, Texas; Charlotte, North Carolina and Scranton, Pennsylvania. These stations are finishing up on construction and will be opening soon.
“We’re thrilled to have our second location in Canada open for business,” said GAIN Clean Fuel’s Marc-Andre Paquin. “This is one of the most heavily traveled trucking corridors in all of North America (A-20/H-401) and we look forward to serving not only C.A.T., but other carriers seeking to take advantage of the benefits. We hope this station will encourage other US based carriers to seek new opportunities in Canada.”
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