First of Three Truck Stop Stations Is Opening Next Week
Shell Canada is in the final shakedown phase for its plan to offer liquefied natural gas for heavy duty trucks in Alberta. Shell is to commence test fueling with Bison Transport at the first of three LNG Shell Flying J stations, in Calgary, later this week.
Alberta-based Bison is a lead customer for the Shell stations (F&F, November 5). Bison just this week took delivery of its 15th LNG-fueled Peterbilt 386 with Westport Innovations’ high pressure direct injection-modified 15-liter Cummins engine and fuel system. The Westport HD Peterbilt trucks have twin 120-gallon LNG tanks for 240 gallons per tractor, says Bison western operations VP Trevor Fridfinnson.
“We’re operating these primarily in a dedicated lane between Calgary and Edmonton,” he says. The big Peterbilts haul double 53-foot trailer loads –“one of the more fuel-intensive applications.”
Edmonton and Red Deer Too
Fridfinnson told F&F that he expects Shell’s LNG station in Edmonton to open in about a month, to be followed by a station in Red Deer, about halfway between Calgary and Edmonton.
Shell is building a natural gas liquefaction plant at its Jumping Pound facility, west of Calgary, which will support the truck market (F&F, July 13).
Bison Transport operates more than 1,250 tractors across Canada.
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