Ariel Compressors Part Of UPS’ CNG Project

Ariel gas compressors are part of UPS’ US$100 million project, which calls for the construction of 12 compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations across the United States.

The fueling stations will feature Ariel’s JGQ reciprocating gas compressors, which TruStar Energy will install, said Jeffry Swertfeger, TruStar Energy’s director of marketing. TruStar Energy will also build the CNG fueling stations.

The Ariel JGQ/1 compressor has a rated power up to 140 bhp (104.4 kW) at 1800 rpm, while the JGQ/2 has a power rating up to 280 bhp (208.8 kW) at 1800 rpm. The JGQ compressor line also has a piston speed of 900 fpm and a total rod load of 20,000, according to Ariel.

ANGI Energy Systems will package the compressors for the stations. Additionally, UPS plans to add 380 new CNG tractors to its alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet.

This is not the first time UPS has authorized the production of CNG fueling stations. In April 2015, UPS announced plans to construct 15 CNG fueling stations in the United States. Twelve of those stations were placed in new natural gas vehicle deployment areas, with the remaining three replacing existing CNG stations with upgraded equipment, according to UPS.