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New Oklahoma City-based firm focuses on compressed natural gas

Three members of the former Chesapeake Energy Corp. compressed natural gas vehicle team have set up their own shop, continuing much of the work they started with their former employer.
by Adam Wilmoth Modified: March 28, 2014 at 2:00 pm •  Published: March 28, 2014

To reach fleets, relatively few stations are required in central locations. The general public, however, is more spread out and requires more stations in more locations.

“We’re involved in bringing compressed natural gas to convenience store operators and retailers,” Herrera said. “Folks who can fuel there are consumers, people like you and I who can come in and fuel at a Sparq station at a convenient, accessible, attractive place to fuel.”

Sparq has identified 40 potential locations for CNG in Oklahoma and surrounding states. The company plans to have several in place by the end of the year.

Sparq plans to partner with existing convenience stores. It will pay for the upgrade and own the pump.

“I don’t know we necessarily want to be in the Snickers or coffee business,” Adler said. “Our partners do an excellent job, better than we could do on the c-store (convenience store) side.”

The team has identified locations in Oklahoma and throughout the region where there is demand for CNG and little or no fuel available.

“You have great pockets out there like southwestern Kansas with a lot of production, but is not being served well by the infrastructure,” Herrera said.

Sparq also hopes to help other companies support the industry.

“The overarching goal is to help businesses interested in utilizing CNG in some way, shape or form to do that more efficiently,” Adler said.

by Adam Wilmoth
Energy Editor
Adam Wilmoth returned to The Oklahoman as energy editor in 2012 after working for four years in public relations. He previously spent seven years as a business reporter at The Oklahoman, including five years covering the state's energy sector....
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