NGVi Introduces Online Course on CNG Fueling Station Codes and Standards

By CIOReview | Tuesday, March 8, 2016
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LAS VEGAS, NV: American companies who work in the line of designing and building natural gas fueling stations will find this news very relieving as Natural Gas Vehicle Institute (NGVi) plans to introduce a video-based e-learning course. This course coined as ‘CNG Fueling Station Codes and Standards’ will help North American companies who design and build natural gas fueling stations, as well as those involved in permitting CNG stations, including code officials. NGVi is renowned for extending technical consulting and training on natural gas vehicles and fueling technologies.

The course aims at educating participants thoroughly about all applicable national codes and standards pertaining to CNG fueling stations. The training team comprises of CSA and ASE certified instructors who provide technical consulting and training; and have solid experience in the field of natural gas vehicles and fueling. The course sweeps duration of approximately two hours and is self-paced with a quick knowledge evaluation at the end of the course. The NGVi Course Completion Certificate is conferred to students who successfully complete the course and excel the evaluation.

Leo Thomason, Executive Director, NGVi said “It is a great tool for anybody who wants learn about major fire, mechanical, electrical and building code applications to the design and construction of CNG stations and to be able to fully assimilate this sometimes perplexing information in a convenient and cost effective way.” The course covers all applicable codes including NFPA 52, NFPA 30A, NFPA 70, NFPA 496, ASME Sections VII, VIII, IX, X and XI, ANSI B31, ANSI/CSA NGV1, 2, 3 and 4 and SAE J1616.

CNG and liquid fueling stations have significant differences because of the difference in characteristics of natural gas. Due to difference in construction practices and building materials used in building a CNG fueling station, it becomes necessary to ensure safety during both construction and operation. This in turn implicates the necessity of adhering to codes and rigorous safety standards. Moreover, the current practices employed in building a CNG fueling station points out to a need for change.

“When it comes to building or operating a CNG fueling station, traditional liquid fueling station suppliers and builders need to learn an entirely new system,” said Leo. “Since fire marshals are the authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) for the permitting and approval of the construction and operation of CNG fueling stations, their knowledge of the safety requirements and command of the specific codes governing these stations is critical.”