January 22, 2013 11:00 AM, EST
Questar to Build CNG Facility in Houston for Swift, CFL Use
Questar Fueling announced it has agreed to build a compressed natural gas fueling facility in Houston for use by Swift Transportation and Central Freight Lines.

Questar Fueling, a business unit of natural gas company Questar Corp., Salt Lake City, said it will own and operate the facility, which will serve up to 200 CNG-powered trucks operated by the two carriers.

The majority of the trucks will use a private “time-fill” facility in which the trucks fill overnight, while the remainder will use a five-lane, high-speed fueling facility that will also be open to the public, Questar said.

“Our vendors expect us to consistently find ways to improve our transportation efficiencies,” said Jerry Moyes, Swift’s chairman, founder and CEO. “CNG helps us meet that objective, and our partnership with Questar Fueling will help facilitate our transition to CNG.”

Ron Jibson, president, CEO and chairman of Questar Corp., described Swift Transportation and Central Freight Lines as “industry leaders in the adoption of CNG as a transportation fuel for the heavy-duty market.”

“I commend them for their foresight in recognizing natural gas as a fuel that could transform the industry,” Jibson said in the statement. “With such abundant supplies of natural gas in America, it’s only a matter of time before we see more trucking companies switching fuels to cut costs, increase efficiencies and improve the air we breathe.”

Swift Transportation, Phoenix, and Central Freight Lines, Waco, Texas, rank No. 7 and No. 99, respectively, on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest U.S. and Canadian for-hire carriers.