The Satsop Business Park could soon be home to a $3 million compressed natural gas (CNG) facility as the Port of Grays Harbor Commissioners approved a ten-year lease for 4.3 acres with Xpress Natural Gas, LLC (XNG) at their Commission meeting on Tuesday.
Co-Founder of Xpress Natural Gas Matt Smith said yesterday “We’ll certainly put at least $3-million of hard capitol improvements right into the park. That’s between the site improvement, pipeline path and infrastructure, and build-out equipment on site.”
Smith added that they’ll also park about $15-million in specialized semi trucks and trailers on the site.
XNG will construct a CNG distribution terminal in the West Park area that will utilize the existing natural gas line to fill portable tubes for transport to industrial customers throughout the region. An additional $2 million would be invested in the fleet of CNG trucks and trailers that will service XNG’s customers. The operation will be manned 24 hours per day and XNG expects to employ 20-25 employees at full build out, in addition to the construction and trucking service jobs that would be generated. XNG also operates similar facilities in Maine and New York.
“Energy is a growing sector of our Nation’s economy and we are excited a new business will be able to take advantage of one of the Park’s great assets, the natural gas line. We look forward to growing our relationship with XNG and are confident they will be a great partner for the Grays Harbor community,” said Alissa Shay, Manager of Business Development at the Satsop Business Park.
XNG is a Boston-based logistics and transportation company that serves a “virtual pipeline” that provides trucked natural gas solutions to locations where a pipeline does not provide gas service. XNG operates the largest fleet of high-capacity, all-composite CNG trailers in North America and is the only provider of CNG services using CNG-powered tractor-trucks.
Satsop Business Park, a facility of the Port of Grays Harbor, is less than 2 hours southwest of Seattle and 2 hours north of Portland. Located in scenic Grays Harbor County in Elma, Washington, the 1,800 acre mixed-use business and industrial park is approximately 30 minutes from Olympia and the I-5 Corridor. A part of the Grays Harbor Innovation Partnership Zone, the Park is home to more than 30 businesses, offers 600 acres of developed, pad-ready land and buildings supported by super-sized infrastructure, and is surrounded by 1,200 acres of sustainably managed forestland.