* Deal with travel center operator Pilot Travel Centers
* Says major truckers considering move to gas fleet
* Clean Energy stock up 3 pct pre-market
Oct 5 Natural gas provider Clean Energy Fuels
Corp (CLNE.O) agreed with truck stop operator Pilot Travel
Centers to build, own and operate fueling facilities, expecting
more truckers to opt for the greener fuel ahead of planned cuts
in greenhouse gas emission from heavy vehicles.
In August, U.S. environmental regulators sent draft rules
to the White House that would for the first time cut greenhouse
gas emissions from heavy trucks and buses. [ID:nN16148893]
"Major regional and national trucking operators are
considering the move to natural gas for their fleets to add
fuel diversity, lower emissions and reduce dependence on
imported oil," Clean Energy Chief Executive Andrew Littlefair
said in a statement.
Tuesday's agreement gives Clean Energy access to
compressed and liquefied natural gas fueling facilities at
agreed-upon Pilot Travel centers nationwide.
"This is the critical link for Clean Energy to be able to
roll out natural gas truck fueling services across the nation,"
Seal Beach, California-based Clean Energy's shares, valued
at about $864 million, have shed more than one-third of their
value in the last six months, as a fall in natural gas prices
weighed on the company.
The stock was up 3 percent at $13.63 before the bell
(Reporting by Krishna N. Das in Bangalore; Editing by Prem