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DONNINI ENTERPRISES PLANS STATE'S FIRST RETAIL NATURAL GAS OUTLET

 DONNINI ENTERPRISES PLANS STATE'S FIRST RETAIL NATURAL GAS OUTLET
 PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla., Aug. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- A Palm Beach Gardens Shell service station owned by Donnini Enterprises will soon become the state's first retail outlet offering compressed natural gas to customers operating alternative-fueled vehicles.
 The station is at 9730 Alternate Highway A1A in Palm Beach Gardens. Donnini Enterprises, Palm Beach County's largest independent gasoline retailer, is based in Lake Park, Fla.
 Retail service at the station to owners of natural gas vehicles (NGVs) is expected on Dec. 1, 1992. Customers will pay less than 80 cents for the equivalent of one gallon of fuel.
 "Very soon we expect many fleet owners in the area will begin conversions of their vehicles to use clean-burning natural gas, and we'll be ready with a convenient location for them to fill their tanks," said Gerald J. Donnini, president of Donnini Enterprises.
 Initially, about one dozen automobiles and trucks owned by Peoples Gas System, Inc., will use the station's NGV facility.
 Donnini Enterprises also is the first program in the state to utilize a new alternative motor fuel program approved by the Florida Public Service Commission last January.
 The program was designed to provide an infrastructure platform for the conversion of vehicles from gasoline to natural gas whereby the utility and NGV customers share in the fill station cost.
 Tom Ross, director for Alternate Fuels at Peoples Gas said, "Conversion to natural gas as an engine fuel has been delayed because of the high costs associated with NGV filling facilities. The new program, as approved, will mitigate the high-cost problem and kick start the NGV business."
 Natural gas as a vehicle fuel has the potential to help enhance Florida's environment because of its clean-burning qualities when compared with gasoline or diesel. At the same time, an NGV allows for the use of a domestic fuel, compared with the use of fuels made from imported oil.
 Several operations around the state, including Peoples Gas, use natural gas vehicles. Some of those include the St. Petersburg Police Department; Miami-based Entenmann's Bakery; the city of North Miami; Miami International Airport; Neighborly Senior Services in Pinellas County, and the Daytona News Journal.
 Peoples Gas is the state's largest natural gas utility, serving about 200,000 customers throughout Florida.
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 /CONTACT: Bill Shelton, manager of corporate communications of Peoples Gas, 813-272-0016, or 800-282-4441, ext. 0016, or home, 813-525-6065/ CO: Peoples Gas System, Inc.; Donnini Enterprises ST: Florida IN: OIL SU:


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