By DAVE HODGES
Tallahassee Democrat

St. Johns County officials intend to award Nopetro a contract for compressed natural gas fueling facilities, the company has announced.

Nopetro, Florida’s leading CNG fueling infrastructure developer, said its plan for a public-private partnership with the county received the top ranking of the submitting companies. Once approved by the St. Johns County Commission, the agreement will lead to the construction of a turn-key CNG fueling station, the conversion of select vehicles from the county’s fleet, and royalties from marketing to third-party customers.

St. Johns County expects to receive $750,000 from the North Florida Transportation Planning Organization to facilitate the switch to CNG and will be eligible for a grant of $250,000 per year from the state. Nopetro will source natural gas from Tampa Electric Co., which has a pipeline nearby.