NEWS IN BRIEF
San Antonio-based grocery store chain
H-E-B Grocery Co. is looking to add fuel
stations to its stores in Mexico. H-E-B is
considering whether it should own and
operate the fuel stations or partner with a
third-party company to do so.
G500 Network has signed a collaboration
agreement with Edenred, leader in solutions
for the control of corporate expenses. The
solution, developed jointly by both companies,
will provide added value to thousands
of small, medium and large companies
when paying for fuel.
BP in the next few weeks is set to announce
an infrastructure strategy that will allow it to
store imported fuels that will be sold in certain
areas of Mexico together with a partner.
Calgary-based entrepreneurs have developed
an app that allows customers to order
fuel to their car. Surefuel will be available in
the app store in the next few weeks.
Canada’s Parkland Fuel Corp. continues to
extend its reach into the United States with
the pending acquisition of Missouri Valley
Petroleum Inc., a petroleum products distributor
and convenience-store retailer with
operations in North Dakota.
Apple Pay is now accepted at in-store
checkouts at all Costco warehouses in
the United States. The wholesale chain
equipped warehouses with contactless payment
terminals in the past several months,
and activated them at all 750 locations on
VENEZUELANS BLOCK STREETS WITH
CARS TO PROTEST FUEL SHORTAGES
The Andean city of San Cristobal was brought to a
standstill this month after dozens of Venezuelans
blocked roads with their cars to protest gas shortages
that have piled further misery on the OPEC
country’s crisis-weary citizens.
Venezuela, which has the world’s cheapest
gasoline, has been plagued by intermittent fuel
shortages in recent months as its oil industry
struggles with lower production and problematic
Mr. Maduro’s leftist government blamed the
shortages on power cuts in nearby Zulia, an
oil-producing state that is suffering near-daily
blackouts because government-owned power stations
lack maintenance and spare parts. Government
critics say inept management of Venezuela’s
oil industry, home to the world’s biggest crude
reserves, is to blame for the shortages.
The government this month also rolled out
a new payment system in eight states near the
Colombian border, including Tachira where San
Cristobal is located, in an attempt to halt widespread
smuggling of Venezuela’s gas to Colombia.
President Maduro says the payment system will
pave the way for charging international prices for
fuel – a massive increase given that gas is now almost
free – as his government seeks to shore up
state coffers amid a hyperinflationary economic
The pilot program was designed to provide service
stations with wireless devices that use a controversial
state-backed identification document to
carry out transactions. The document, called the
Fatherland Card, is meant to provide subsidies to
motorists to help soften the impact of the steep
SoCalGas ramps up Cali’s hydrogen fuel network
Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) has joined
the Hydrogen Council, a global initiative of energy,
transport and industry companies with a goal of
fostering the role of hydrogen technologies in the
global energy transition.
The announcement was made this month
during the Global Climate Action Summit in San
Francisco, where SoCalGas representatives
participated in the council’s annual meeting. The
prime focus of the meeting was the council’s
vision of using hydrogen to avert 6 gigatonnes of
CO2 emissions, create a $2.5 trillion market and
provide employment for more than 30 million
people worldwide by mid-century.
“We are pleased to join the Hydrogen Council
and look forward to working with global leaders in
hydrogen to facilitate its broader adoption as an
important component of California’s low-carbon
future,” says Bret Lane, president and chief operating
officer for SoCalGas.
SoCalGas notes it supports efforts to increase
hydrogen production particularly for use along
California’s Hydrogen Fuel Station Network.
Currently, there are 35 hydrogen fueling stations in
the state, with another 29 stations in development,
the utility says.
In addition to joining the Hydrogen Council,
SoCalGas is also collaborating with Canadian
and French utilities. The goal of this international
collaboration is to advance research and development
of renewable natural gas and technologies
such as power-to-gas.
Pilot Flying J adds three new locations
This month Pilot Flying J announced that it will be
opening up three new locations in Florida, Texas
and Arizona, adding 142 new truck parking spots
to its network.
A new Pilot Flying J store is slated to open up in
Barstow, Florida. This location will feature 38 truck
parking spots, six diesel fuel lanes, three showers,
and an Arby’s.
Pilot Flying J is also gearing up to open a new
store in Odessa, Texas. Amenities will include 93
truck parking spots, a Dunkin’ Donuts Express,
eight diesel fuel lanes, and seven showers.
A third Pilot Flying J location will be opening up
in Tucson, Arizona. Features will include nine truck
parking spots, a Subway, four diesel fuel lanes, and
10 Tesla charging stations.
Ken Parent, president of Pilot Flying J, says
“We’re thrilled to serve the communities of Bartow,
Odessa and Tucson with the expansion of our network
to deliver convenience, quality, great service
and added value to local residents and professional
drivers travelling the nation’s highways.”
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