Clean Energy, Mansfield form Mansfield Clean Energy Partners JV to serve bulk fuel hauling market

Sept. 24, 2014

Clean Energy Fuels Corp and Mansfield Energy Corp have formed Mansfield Clean Energy Partners (MCEP), a joint venture which will provide natural gas fueling solutions to bulk fuel haulers in the United States, a segment that consumes over three billion gallons of fuel every year. Ira G Pearl, a veteran of the natural gas industry, has been tapped to lead the Mansfield Clean Energy Partners team.

 MCEP’s first customer will be Mansfield Oil Company, one of the nation’s largest providers of transportation fuel, which has deployed the first of its recently-purchased 12 heavy-duty compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks to haul diesel and gasoline for its customers. This fleet of CNG trucks will fuel at a new Atlanta GA-area card-lock natural gas station available to fleets throughout the region.

 The station was built by Clean Energy and is forecast to open by November 2014. A second natural gas fueling station in Tampa FL, which will support additional Mansfield CNG trucks as well as other regional and national bulk fuel haulers, is expected to open in early 2015.

 “As a family-owned company, Mansfield is committed to responsibly operating within the communities where we do business,” says Michael Mansfield, chief executive officer of Mansfield Energy Corp. “Creating this partnership with Clean Energy and deploying natural gas trucks is preparing us for the future and will allow other bulk fuel haulers to take advantage of the benefits of clean-burning natural gas.”

 Andrew J Littlefair, president and chief executive officer of Clean Energy, says: “The deep relationships Mansfield has built with America’s bulk fuel haulers are virtually un-paralleled. Our joint sales forces will leverage these relationships and Clean Energy’s natural gas fueling expertise to offer the critical market segment of bulk fuel haulers the best natural gas fueling solutions on the market.”

 MCEP is in advanced discussions with several bulk fuel trucking companies, representing potentially over 100 new heavy-duty CNG trucks. To support these Class 8 natural gas trucks, MCEP will develop new public-access natural gas fueling stations throughout the United States in addition to the Atlanta and Tampa facilities.