A soft-opening on November 19th marked the arrival of a natural gas filling station in the Greater Kanawha Valley. The IGS Energy-CNG Services station is located on Spring Street in front of Foodland on Charleston's West Side and is the second of three compressed natural gas filling stations along the I-79 corridor; the station was built by contractors with the energy infrastructure group Jones & Frank based out of Charlotte, N.C. The first station was built in Bridgeport, W.Va. while the third station in Jane Lew, W.Va. is slated to be completed next month.
CNG’s company partners, which include Antero Resources, Chesapeake Energy, Nova Rubber and EQT Corp., all have taken advantage towards the use of the new station along with County and state vehicles. Although most people most people are still using vehicles powered by petroleum based gas, CNG vehicles have proven to corrode and wear the parts of an engine less rapidly while having a diesel engine-like mileage over 500,000 miles.
The pumps at the Charleston station provide two 250-horsepowered compressors that can supply four vehicles with fuel at once. West Virginia’s new alternative fuel tax credit and infrastructure tax credit allows those who purchase a CNG vehicle to receive a credit of 35 percent against the purchase price to a maximum of $7,500 and 50 percent against conversion costs to a maximum of $7,500.
The cost for purchasing compressed natural gas fuel at the station is $2.19 per gasoline-equivalent gallon. It’s $1.20 cheaper that the current national average for the price of regular gas.