State awards grants for two CNG stations in Allegheny County

Allegheny County is in line to get two new compressed natural gas fueling stations.

The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development awarded two grants to American Natural Retail to build CNG stations in Harmar Township and in the North Hills.

Ariel Holdings, a subsidiary of American Natural Retail, will receive a $720,000 grant to build a CNG fueling station in Harmar at the intersection of Route 910 and Rich Hill Road. The station will have public access and will neighbor Pitt Ohio's new trucking and maintenance terminal. Pitt Ohio is a Pittsburgh-based trucking company.

“The station will also directly support the conversion of a portion of Pitt Ohio's trucking fleet from diesel to natural gas,” the DCED said.

Based on current demand, the Harmar CNG station will displace over 500,000 gallons per year of diesel, with the potential to displace up to 3.5 million per year of diesel at full capacity, according to the state agency.

In the North Hills, Hypatia Holdings, an American Natural Retail subsidiary, will receive a $600,000 grant to build a CNG fueling station 2619 Wexford-Bayne Road in Franklin Park. The station will have public access.

The location now houses an abandoned gas station that Hypatia will renovate. Based on current demand, the CNG station is expected to displace more than 100,000 gallons per year of gasoline and diesel, according to the DCED.

The funding is part of a more than $3.4 million in grants through the Commonwealth Financing Authority’s Alternative and Clean Energy Program.

Stephanie Ritenbaugh: or 412-263-4910


Correction (Posted May 29, 2014) An earlier version incorrectly said the Harmar CNG station would displace 3.5 million gallons of diesel based on current demand, not full capacity. 

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