Satterfield Fuels Receives Grant for CNG Station

Below you will find a story reposted from the Conway Log Cabin Democrat Newspaper in 2012 about our CNG Station:

Owners of vehicles that run on compressed natural gas (CNG) soon will have another option for filling up in Faulkner County.

On Friday it was announced that the Arkansas Energy Office has awarded a $235,000 grant to Satterfield Oil. Co. to add a CNG pump system at its location on Oak near Interstate 40.

The first CNG station in the county opened in Damascus early in 2011 with support from Southwestern Energy (SWN). At the time, the company predicted it would have 100 CNG-powered vehicles by the end of the year.

In March, Crain Automotive and SWN teamed up to provide a GMC Yukon to the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce. The vehicle, adorned with the Chamber’s Get Smart logo and the color described as “Conway green,” has been used as a Chamber recruiting boost and has appeared at community activities throughout the year.

Filling up the Chamber’s Yukon has required an overnight stay at Crain Automotive.

However, Ray Talley, Crain’s shop foreman and CNG expert, says a pump at a regular station will do the job in four minutes.

The lower price of CNG is one incentive for making the switch to compressed natural gas.

Branch Satterfield, recipient of the AEO grant offered in a press release other reasons to convert.

“Reducing our dependence on foreign oil, while creating new jobs right here in Faulkner County, is a win-win situation.

“It’s also good to know we are creating fewer emissions with CNG, which is better for our environment.”

The City of Conway, the Conway School District and Faulkner County have at times throughout the year discussed switching or purchasing new fleet vehicles that run on CNG or are “bi-fuel” vehicles, capable of burning CNG and gasoline.

For individuals, the cost of conversion to CNG for the family car or a “light-duty” vehicle can range from $12,000 to $18,000.

The only CNG vehicle made in the U.S. is the Honda Civic GX. It’s been on the market for 12 years and is in great demand.