American Natural, a subsidiary of New York-based energy company Cleopatra Resources LLC, will open what it calls the region’s first “energy center” at 73 East Carson Street in Station Square on July 25th.
A former Exxon station in Station Square will be the home to Pittsburgh’s second compressed natural gas station (CNG). The station will be owned by Desdemona Holdings LP, a subsidiary of Cleopatra Resources LLC, and will operate under the American Natural Retail brand. Desdemona Holdings received a $372,300 grant and a $248,200 loan from the Commonwealth Financing Authority through the Alternative and Clean Energy Program to help complete the project.
In addition to offering standard gasoline and diesel fuels, the station will be the first in the region to sell compressed natural gas (CNG) as an alternative automobile fuel source. “Natural gas is an abundant and attractively price commodity and we are extremely excited to bring this affordable, reliable and responsible product to the Pittsburgh market at a price just below two dollars per gallon,” says Jennifer Pomerantz, CEO of Cleopatra Resources.
In order to run on natural gas, most cars would need to be retro-fitted — a process which can cost up to several thousand dollars. American Natural’s installation will be the second facility in Pittsburgh to offer CNG. Downtown-based EQT Corp. operates a CNG filling station in the Strip District.According to Pomerantz, the fueling station, American Natural Retail’s first endeavor, will create around 20 permanent jobs in the Pittsburgh area.
In addition to its automotive fueling options, the center will contain the American Natural Eatery, offering customers a full menu of salads and sandwiches, a coffee bar featuring coffee from Buffalo, NY-based roaster SPoT, and baked goods from local establishments Allegro Hearth, Gluuteny and Sinful Sweets. “Our food offerings are going to include full meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner,” says Pomerantz.