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Frito-Lay Win Cements Questar’s Expansion

July 2, 2013 by ShowTimes in ACT Expo 2012 with 0 Comments
Questar’s Craig Wagstaff, Judd Cook and Carl Galbraith at Booth 501.

Questar’s Craig Wagstaff, Judd Cook and Carl Galbraith at Booth 501.

Questar’s winning bid to build two CNG fueling stations for Frito-Lay – in Kansas and Connecticut – has boosted the Utah-company’s quest to expand nationwide.

The new stations will be Quester’s second and third beyond Utah’s borders, the first being a massive $5 million station in Houston, Texas, for Swift Transportation and Central Freight, that will open at the end of next month with a capacity of 5 million equivalent gallons per year.

“We expect to open another ten to 15 stations across the country within the next year,” says Judd Cook, director of business development at Questar (Booth 501).

Questar currently operates 29 public CNG stations in Utah, which it built in response to the 2008 peak in gasoline prices of around $4 a gallon. “We built these stations for about $1 million apiece, and sold CNG for $1 a gallon. In six to eight months some 13,000 CNG vehicles flocked into Utah,” Judd says.

“We went from selling 40,000 gallons a year to over five million gallons.” CNG passenger vehicles continue to pour into Utah, and Questar is now selling six million gallons at $1.56 a gallon – “but that’s not the price for Frito-Lay,” he told ShowTimes.

The Frito-Lay stations, in Killingly, Conn., and Topeka, Kans., are each expected to pump up to three million gallons a year. Each will have four lanes with three dispensers; two of the dispensers will be high-speed for trucks, and the third will be for both trucks and passenger vehicles.

But these stations are dwarfed by the Houston CNG station, which has 120 time-fill lanes and five lanes of high-speed dispensers. Swift and Central Freight will have 200 trucks there, Judd says. It is open to the public too, to cater to passenger vehicles as well as trucks.

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