JOURNAL: CNG fueling stations made their first
appearance in the industry in the late 1980s. Your company
was involved even back then, right?
BEAVERS: Yes. At the time, we were a major contractor for
our local utility, New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG)—
putting in their underground storage systems and doing
NYSEG petroleum stations all over the state. When they got
interested in CNG in 1987, they came to us first because they
trusted us. So, my uncle Bruce and my father John, who were
the owners of the company, began working with NYSEG to
develop their CNG stations. Beavers Petroleum did the design
A Path Toward
More and more PEI members believe that CNG fueling
stations will play an important
role in the industry in the
years ahead. But how can PEI
distributors and contractors
make the move from talking
about CNG to actually being in the game?
The best way is to learn from a company that has
actually done it. One example is 51-year-old Beavers
Petroleum of Horseheads, N. Y. This longtime member
of PEI’s Service & Construction division has been
successfully riding the CNG wave for quite a while. In
fact, CNG fueling stations are a major part of its business.
To learn more about Beavers’ story and the lessons
it may reveal for other PEI members, the PEI Journal
spoke with Eric Beavers, CNG engineer for the
12-employee firm and a member of the committee
writing the soon-to-be-published PEI/RP1500:
Recommended Practices for the Design, Installation,
Maintenance and Service of CNG Fueling Stations.