Case Study

FASTECH Partners with Wayne Perry, Inc. to Construct Chevron’s First CNG Fueling Station

Lost Hills, California
FASTECH, along with their sister company, Wayne Perry, Inc., constructed Chevron’s first retail CNG station in Lost Hills, California.
Managed Utility Coordination & New Infrastructure
FASTECH and WPI worked with local utilities to supply the station with adequate gas and power.
Met Aggressive Project Completion Goals
The project finished without any incidents while accommodating the existing station’s business operations.

Why FASTECH?

Chevron sought a design-build contractor with extensive experience in both retail CNG and conventional fueling systems. FASTECH and their sister company, Wayne Perry, Inc. (WPI) have been working with Chevron for many years, on projects ranging from petroleum dispenser upgrades to the development and construction of new ground-up gas stations and convenience stores.

Chevron recruited FASTECH and WPI to leverage their combined experience in the alternative fuels industry to build their first CNG station.

The Challenge

Chevron’s project scope included installation of a CNG fueling system for heavy duty vehicles at an existing retail fueling facility. This included equipment, a CMU block enclosure, a canopy, and two fuel dispensing locations.

Constructing a new CNG station at an active retail gas station requires understanding the safety hazards working with gasoline at a working retail site. The existing Chevron service station and convenience store remained open during construction activities with minimal business interferences.

The Lost Hills site required extensive utility coordination and new infrastructure to supply the station with adequate gas and power during construction. Some elements of the existing gas station’s UST vent system needed to be relocated as part of the project to make room for the new CNG equipment. FASTECH and WPI performed this work without using outside contractors.

  • Due to site space constraints, the new CNG equipment compound was designed and built around the existing Chevron high rise freeway sign. This required careful planning and a large mobile crane to safely set equipment under and around the sign and its support structure.
  • Supply chain adaptations were implemented due to switchgear, utility, and component delays, as well as power and gas delays.
  • An aggressive 11-week schedule (including temporary utility connections not originally accounted for) was planned during the holidays and rainy season.

The Solution

  • Extensive daily coordination with suppliers and resource leveling was required to expedite key critical path tasks and accelerate the schedule.
  • Due to the aggressive project schedule, FASTECH and WPI engaged with a vendor that could supply temporary sources of power and gas via compressed gas tube trailers and generators to facilitate the commissioning of the system.
  • The site’s gasoline vapor recovery tank and underground piping were relocated.
  • Equipment installed: Twin tower dryer, two 250 hp Duplex compressors, new electrical service and connections, two 3-pack cylinder storage vessel cascade filling system with integrated piping and controls.

Overview

Chevron is one of the largest companies in the world and the second-largest oil company in the United States. A multinational energy corporation active in more than 180 countries, Chevron is engaged in every aspect of the oil and natural gas industries, including hydrocarbon exploration and production; refining, marketing and transport; chemicals manufacturing and sales; and power generation.

Project Type
Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Fueling Station
Location
Lost Hills, California
Construction Duration
September - December 2021

How Long Did The Project Take?

FASTECH and WPI mobilized to the site in September of 2021 and completed the project in December of 2021. The project met client goals of substantial completion and commissioning ahead of schedule, finishing without incidents while accommodating the existing station’s business operations.

The Results

Our engineers collaborated with Chevron to design a retail CNG fueling station that met or exceeded all of Chevron’s requirements for layout, image, and functionality.

This site is the first retail CNG station that Chevron has built, and represents their commitment to providing alternative fuels to their customers at existing facilities. Chevron’s Lost Hills location is one of the over 30 CNG stations Chevron plans to rebrand or open by 2025.

FASTECH: Your Alternative Energy Solutions Partner

Whether you’re already committed to selling alternative fuel or planning to transition in the future, choosing the right EPC partner for your hydrogen, CNG, or LNG fueling station is a significant business decision.

At FASTECH, we have over two decades of experience in the energy industry. We specialize in end-to-end solutions, from engineering and construction to ongoing maintenance and testing for many types of alternative fuel, including hydrogen, CNG, LNG, and propane. To date, we’ve built more hydrogen stations in California than anyone else.

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