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Local company to build CNG station amid big competitors' rise

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Natural gas infrastructure seems to be coming up. Several reports indicate energy companies from around the world are investing in compressed or liquefied natural fueling stations in the U.S. including the Chinese firm ENN. That's possible competition for smaller locally own stations. Ivan Smith Furniture's is building a compressed natural gas fueling station its natural gas delivery trucks. They'll soon open a public, heavy-duty fueling station at their East 70th Street location. It'll support large trucks, as well as cars.

"We're using domestic fuel and helping jobs stay here in the United States," co-owner Trey Smith said. His company has joined many in the area, from parish governments to a local Time-It Lube, that have built CNG or LNG infrastructure. Smith says he's not worried about potential competition from large energy companies. One is helping him advertise.

"We're working with Chesapeake," Smith said. "In fact, they're helping to bring other companies along side Eagle to convert to compressed natural gas to fuel up at our station. Whether they're coming out of Dallas and using us in-between their stop or coming back through Shreveport."

Louisiana Oil and Gas Association's Ragan Dickens says there are about 400 natural gas fueling stations nationwide. More than a dozen are in Louisiana and two more will be built in Ruston and Monroe. Dickens says such stations must be built or natural gas use will never rise.

"If we would like CNG and LNG to be the way of the future, for our automobile industry as well as our trucking and long haul, it's vital that we build out this infrastructure," he said.

Ivan Smith Furniture has invested a little less than a million dollars for each natural gas fueling station.


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