On June 9, 2015 10:45 am
By Eddy Wang
A newly reopened gas station at Pittsburgh International Airport is the first Sunoco station in the country to offer three “alternative” fueling options alongside traditional gasoline and diesel fuel, according to company officials.
That station and the APlus convenience store, which celebrated their reopening Monday, now feature three compressed natural gas (CNG) pumps, one liquid propane pump and three electric charging stations. Installation of the CNG pumps was partially funded through an $830,000 grant from the state Department of Community and Economic Development.
The reopened station, which began pumping fuel again last month, adds to a growing bounty of alternative fueling stations already in southwestern Pennsylvania.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, there are now nine compressed natural gas stations, 12 propane stations and 59 electric charging stations within a 30-mile radius of Pittsburgh.
Jeff Shields, spokesman for Sunoco, said the expansion at the airport made sense because of increased user demand for alternative fuels and because of the cheap price of natural gas and propane. All of the natural gas and propane sold at this Sunoco station will be be produced and supplied from within the region, he said.