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November 22, 2019 11:15 AM, EST

Public Natural Gas Filling Station Planned for Modesto, Calif.

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Construction is underway at a new American Natural Gas public natural gas fueling station in Modesto, Calif., after breaking ground on the facility Nov. 14. The fueling station is being built in conjunction with PepsiCo and subsidiary Frito-Lay North America Inc., which also will refuel their soon-to-be-delivered 38 natural gas trucks, which will operate in Southern California and other locations.

The facility is scheduled to be operational in January. Last month, Plano, Texas-based Frito-Lay announced it planned to significantly reduce emissions at its 500,000-square-foot Modesto facility and replace all of its diesel-powered freight equipment with zero-emissions and near-zero emissions technologies in the near future.

“The project is a first of its kind for PepsiCo and Frito-Lay, and is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment — particularly in disadvantaged communities,” PepsiCo said in a news release.

ANG said the three-lane, fast-fill, public fueling station will be equipped with the leading compressed natural gas technology.

The conversion, a partnership with the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, will cost nearly $31 million.

“Bravo to Frito-Lay for its commitment to improving air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions as an integral part of their business model,” said Alexander Sherriffs, who has served on the San Joaquin Valley APCD board since 2012.

PepsiCo Inc. ranks No. 1 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest private carriers in North America. — Transport Topics

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