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Ohio University fueling station will close Oct. 2 as construction of new station begins

Ohio University’s fueling station, which is operated by OHIO Transportation and Parking Services and provides fuel to University and City of Athens fleet vehicles, will be taken offline Friday, Oct. 2 as construction begins on a new, larger station. 

The current fuel station is almost 25 years old and has recently been experiencing maintenance and reliability issues, explained Cliff Hamilton, environmental engineer with Ohio University’s Department of Environmental Health and Safety. 

“At the same time, the University has made a commitment to stop burning coal in the Lausche Heating Plant by the end of this calendar year,” Hamilton said. “With the switch to natural gas, we have the need for backup fuel in the event of a gas curtailment or service interruption. Diesel fuel is the option we chose for the secondary fuel.”

The new fueling station, which will provide vehicle fueling and auxiliary fuel for the heating plant, will have the storage capacity for 50,000 gallons of diesel fuel and 10,000 gallons of gasoline. The current station can accommodate 5,000 gallons of diesel and 20,000 gallons of gasoline. 

University and Athens employees who use the current facility for fueling will be issued Voyager fuel cards by Transportation and Parking Services for use at local gas stations. 

The new fueling facility is scheduled to begin operation in December.