MGE opens its first natural gas refueling station for cars, trucks

Missouri Gas Energy unveiled its first public compressed natural gas fueling station Thursday.

The first of its kind in Northwest Missouri, MGE's St. Joseph facility at 402 Cedar St. will convert low-pressure natural gas into a transporation fuel for CNG cars and trucks.

The pay-as-you-go fueling station will be open 24 hours a day for public use. MGE says it is slated to become an integral part of the Midwest's corridor of CNG stations. That network extends from Oklahoma through Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa and Wisconsin and also constitutes a major thoroughfare for trucks transporting products between the Midwest and Southern states.

Proponents said the fuel is a more cost-effective and environmentally friendly fuel option than both diesel and gasoline. MGE's cost per gallon as of today will be $1.60, but may change daily based on market conditions.

The fueling process is similar to that of a standard gasoline station, MGE said.