Questar Fueling has confirmed its decision to purchase 24 acres located at 5625 SW Wenger Street, in Central Crossing Commerce Park in south Topeka for a new Natural Gas Vehicle (NGV) fueling facility. Central Crossing Commerce Park is owned and managed by GO Topeka in connection with its contract with the Joint Economic Development Organization (JEDO).
The land purchase contract offered by GO Topeka is subject to approval by JEDO which oversees the proceeds from the county-wide half-cent sales tax for economic development approved by the citizens of Shawnee County.
Questar Fueling has offered GO Topeka a contract for purchase of the property. This contract will be presented to JEDO on next Wednesday.
The narrow site at the entry of Central Crossing Commerce Park includes a creek and some drainage ways that leave the usable land at 9.4 acres. Questar's use fits particularly well within these limitations and will prove to be a good use of the site.
Questar Fueling, a subsidiary of Utah-based Questar Corporation, designs, builds and operates natural gas vehicle stations. The company plans to open the NGV fueling station for public use by fall 2013.
Questar operates 28 public Natural Gas Vehicle (NGV) fueling stations in Utah and Wyoming. In addition, Questar has helped many of its business-class customers install NGV fueling stations at their own facilities for their NGV fleet.
NGVs are not currently available on a large scale in the U.S. However, conventional gasoline and diesel vehicles can be retrofitted for compressed natural gas. More vehicle manufacturers are moving towards production of factory-built NGVs. According to the U.S. Department of Energy's Natural Gas Monthly, about 94% of natural gas in the U.S. is domestically produced. Consumer Reports states the fuel savings range from 30 to 40 percent.
"We are very excited to be coming to Topeka," said Carl Galbraith, General Manager, Questar Fueling. "We are going to provide a great asset to the growing manufacturing and logistics companies in the Topeka area that are transitioning their transportation fleets to fuel with clean burning-natural gas."
"The proposed Questar Fueling facility represents a great resource for many of the companies located in our area that operate fleets and are looking to move to a less expensive and environmentally friendly fuel source. This is one more asset that we can add to our list of amenities that Topeka/Shawnee County provides to existing and prospective companies", said Doug Kinsinger, president and CEO of the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce/GO Topeka.
GO Topeka worked closely with Questar Fueling in the planning and decision process and has assisted the company in choosing Topeka and Shawnee County and finding a location for the company's new facility.