TA, Shell to Create Nationwide Natural Gas Refueling Network

Expect first location to be operational within a year

WESTLAKE, Ohio -- TravelCenters of America LLC has announced that it has entered a definitive agreement with Shell Oil Products U.S. to construct and operate a network of natural gas fueling lanes at TA and Petro Stopping Center locations along the U.S. Interstate Highway System.

The agreement provides that Shell will construct at least two natural gas fueling lanes for large over-the-road trucks and related storage capacity at up to 100 TA and Petro locations, at Shell's cost, within several years. Shell has agreed to supply natural gas fuel to these locations and Shell and TA will separately market natural gas fuel to their respective customers.

The agreement's focus is on liquid natural gas (LNG).

TA expects to monitor customer demand for natural gas fuels and, if appropriate, may adjust its plans to include dispensing of compressed natural gas (CNG).

Thomas M. O'Brien, president and CEO of TravelCenters of America, said, "I am pleased to have finalized an agreement between TA and Shell for natural gas fueling. The agreement, for TA, represents a prudent approach to an emerging market. Over time, TA believes natural gas will become a significant fuel for the trucking industry. Both TA and Shell have been working diligently on site selection, and I am hopeful that our first locations may be operational within one year's time."

TravelCenters of America, Westlake, Ohio, is a leading travel center business operating in 41 states and Canada under the TA and Petro Stopping Centers brands. With 244 convenient full-service locations off interstate highway exits, TA and Petro offer customers diesel and gasoline fueling services, more than 500 full-service and quick-service restaurants, 24-hour convenience stores, heavy-truck maintenance services, RoadSquad Connect (24/7/365 emergency roadside service), Reserve-It (truck parking reservations) and many other services, within large, high-traffic facilities.