A Panama City project that has been in the works for over three years has finally been finished and is now open to the public. 

The city held a ribbon cutting ceremony today to announce the opening of it’s new compressed natural gas fueling station. The station is located on 77 and 27th Street and is open to the public 24/7. It can accommodate natural gas vehicles ranging in size from passenger cars to heavy-duty trucks. The city’s solid waste division is in the process of swapping it’s current vehicles that run on diesel to compressed natural gas. 

Panama City Public Works Director Neil Fravel says a major incentive for using CNG is cost efficiency.

“Every time a barrel of petroleum goes up or down in price, diesel and gasoline prices change with that. Whereas natural gas is relatively stable in price, and we burn about $500,000 dollars worth of fuel a year just running our solid waste operation in the city,” said Fravel.

The station is the only natural gas fueling station open to the public between Pensacola and Tallahassee.