X3Energy hosts grand opening for biggest CNG station in Weld County

July 28, 2017. Italy-based X3Energy celebrated the grand opening of its 10th CNG station in Colorado State Wednesday afternoon at the newest west Greeley location, 11701 24th St. It will be open for use to both public and private entities, according to James Mora, a spokesman for X3Energy. The project has been in the works for about two years.

   The station is a collaboration between X3Energy and Ward Petroleum Corp., a Fort Collins-based natural gas and petroleum company.

   "This is about a vision," Mora said. "It's about seeing opportunities in a state where we all have a common goal, which is using different (energy) solutions."

   About 50 residents, energy officials and those involved with the project showed up to the grand opening, with several giving statements on the economic and environmental benefits the station will offer.

   Giovanni Baroni, CEO of X3Energy, said opening CNG stations in the U.S. helps the economy and creates jobs, despite the oil and gas downturn a few years ago. "I know that the last two years have been hard," he said. "The oil prices have dropped and the industry found its set loss, and it has impacted growth in the CNG market. But the reality is that we are still here."

   The CNG station is the sixth of its kind from X3Energy in Weld County, with others located in east Greeley, Firestone, Kersey, Platteville and Fort Lupton. Mora said this is the largest CNG station in the state, and Weld County Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer said it is the eighth CNG station in Weld during her short presentation Wednesday.