Freightliners to Support Oil and Gas Operations on Gulf Coast
Ryder System said at Fleets & Fuels presstime today that it will supply 15 liquefied natural gas-fueled Freightliner Cascadia trucks to Shell to support oil and gas logistics operations in Lafayette, La. and Houston.
The LNG tractors are to replace existing diesel vehicles, also supplied by Ryder.
The LNG trucks will be serviced at Ryder’s Lafayette facility, “which is being engineered to meet the unique compliance requirements for natural gas,” Ryder said.
A Five-Year Fuel Supply Deal, Too
Also as part of the initiative, Ryder has signed a five-year LNG fuel supply agreement with Shell.
“The Shell sea port and cross state routes are an application ideally suited for natural gas vehicles,” the announcement states. “Ryder worked with Shell to develop a customized truck specification that was weight-sensitive to maximize freight revenue, while assuring durability and operability in the field.”
“LNG can be a good choice for truck owners and more are making the switch to LNG,” Shell logistics VP Dan Flynn says in the Ryder release. “Ryder has been extremely responsive to our service needs, which makes us confident about our continued relationship,” he said.
200 Oil and Gas Customers
“Ryder’s help was critical to provide the logistics expertise, knowledge, and know-how needed to ensure that the fleet was operating at its best,” Flynn said.
“Shell can continue to count on having a reliable fleet ready to maintain the excellent reputation they’ve worked very hard to earn,” said Ryder dedicated transportation solutions president John Diez.
Ryder has more than 200 customers in the oil and gas sector.
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Source: Ryder System with Fleets & Fuels follow-up