American Natural, an extension of the New York-based Cleopatra Resources, opened a new gasoline, diesel and compressed natural gas station this summer. The company hopes to open additional stations throughout the year.
American Natural entered the Pittsburgh region last year with plans to install their first natural gas station and “fast-casual” convenience store at Station Square. Though the company’s future plans have yet to be revealed, executives have hinted at intentions of expanding the business’s reach and transforming several stations that are already owned.
Last September, American Natural acquired Mon Valley Petroleum, which included 12 Buy-n-Fly gas stations as well as a fuel distribution business. The South Side Station is linked to Equitable Gas’ distribution system, allowing American Natural to add compressed natural gas to the station’s repertoire.
Andrea Feinstein, Executive Vice President at American Natural, explained that several gas stations are likely to be transformed next year.
“Not that every single (former) Buy-n-Fly will turn into this brand, but there may be a couple more over the next 12 months.”
In an effort to promote the use of natural gas, the company has also set up a conversion business which enables existing cars to run on compressed natural gas. This project operates out of the McKeesport garage.