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Midwest City opens bio-fuel station

BY KAY HUNT, City of Midwest City Modified: November 21, 2012 at 2:48 pm •  Published: November 21, 2012

MIDWEST CITY -- The City of Midwest City recently opened its new Clean Air bio-fuel fueling island.

“Equipped with three new underground storage tanks (UST)for bio-diesel, ethanol and unleaded fuels, one new bio-diesel dispenser and a new blender dispenser that will allow for the proper blending of the ethanol and unleaded fuel, the new island will be a big step towards becoming a greener community,” said Craig Davis, transportation manager.

A few months ago, the city awarded a contract to Petroleum Marketers Inc. for the construction of the new fueling island. The purpose of the bio-fueling island is to allow the 250 plus City vehicles who can accept some type of alternative fuel to do so.

“Alternative fuel will allow the City to reduce its carbon footprint and become more environmentally responsible,” Davis said. By adding this fueling station, approximately 57 percent of the City vehicle fleet will be able to use some sort of alternative fuel.

In addition to the fueling station, a new leak detection system has been installed to prevent any harmful occurrences, along with two new fuel dispensers. Other features of the new system are a computerized inventory system and a locking system which will allow vehicles to only accept the cleanest burning fuels their vehicle is certified to use.

Funding for this $270,696.97 project was a joint venture between Midwest City, who contributed $123,507.97 and the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments (ACOG), who provided a public fleet conversion grant in the amount of $147.190.