Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores on Friday will start celebrating the grand openings of six new compressed natural gas fueling stations around the state.
Love's plans to add CNG at 10 of its Oklahoma locations this year as part of its partnership with natural gas advocate Chesapeake Energy Corp.
The first grand opening will be Friday in Chickasha, one of five Love's stores currently offering CNG.
“We recognize the importance of expanding our fueling options to meet the diverse needs of our customers,” said Jenny Love Meyer, Love's vice president of communications. “As more and more corporate and government entities convert their fleets to CNG, we believe demand on the commercial and consumer side will escalate accordingly.
“We are pleased to partner with Chesapeake to improve accessibility for CNG, a fuel produced in Oklahoma.”
Love's began selling CNG in Kingfisher in February 2011. It has since added the alternative fuel at stores in Chickasha, Norman, Guthrie and
Spokeswoman Kyla Turner said Love's will add CNG at stores in Lawton, Pauls Valley, Okemah, Guymon as well as two Oklahoma City locations by this summer.
She said company officials will monitor demand at those locations to determine whether to expand Love's CNG offerings.
The Oklahoma City-based company has more than 290 travel stops and convenience stores around the country.
Taylor Shinn, Chesapeake's senior director of corporate development, commended Love's for its commitment to CNG.
“CNG continues to have the potential to be a major player in the transportation fuels market, not only in our state but across the country,” he said. “As two Oklahoma-based companies, we are proud to support and expand the use of clean, affordable and Oklahoma-produced
The addition of 10 new CNG stations at Love's stores will push Oklahoma to more than 70 existing or planned public fueling
Love's currently sells CNG for $1.69 per gallon equivalent, making it a less expensive fueling option for fleet vehicles and others.
If you go
Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores will celebrate the grand opening of public compressed natural gas fueling stations at these six locations:
• May 11: Altus.
• June 8: Guthrie.
• June 12: Lawton.
• July 13: NE 122 and Interstate 35 in Oklahoma City.
• July 13: Norman.