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    Global Partners to Build CNG Loading Station in Maine

    Year-round location is expected to open in August.

    BANGOR, Maine -- Global CNG LLC, a division of Global Partners LP, will build a compressed natural gas (CNG) loading station here.

    Global CNG signed a multi-year agreement with Bangor Gas Co. to provide large commercial, industrial and municipal customers with natural gas on a year-round basis, according to Global Partners. The CNG station is expected to open in August.

    "First and foremost, our new CNG station is a win for businesses in Maine," said Eric Slifka, president and CEO of Global Partners, a master limited partnership. "The station will provide our customers with safe, convenient and cost-effective CNG to meet their year-round energy needs."

    In addition, the CNG station will use proprietary compression technology developed by OsComp Systems Inc., and designed to reduce the energy required to compress and transport natural gas.

    OsComp's virtual pipeline incorporates its Rapid Fill compression technology, which can allow CNG trailers to be filled in excess of four times faster than conventional filling systems, according to the company.

    Natural gas is purported to be locally produced, cleaner for burning and less expensive than traditional petroleum.

    A handful of convenience store operators have opened CNG and/or liquefied natural gas fueling locations, including Kwik Trip Inc., Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores and OnCue Express.

    Waltham, Mass.-based Global Partners LP owns, leases or supplies fuel to approximately 1,000 convenience stores and gas stations throughout the United States.

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