‘We’re Taking CNG to Places It Hasn’t Been Before’
Canada’s Emterra is looking for a fleet manager and mechanics as it gets ready to field nearly five dozen CNG garbage trucks from Crane Carrier in Winnipeg in October.
It will be Canada’s largest CNG refuse fleet and “the largest scale cold-weather CNG refuse fleet in the world,” the company says.
What’s more, says Emterra business development manager Paulina Leung, it was Emterra’s idea.
“The city did not mandate a green fleet,” Leung told F&F. “We as private industry proposed to provide a green fleet.
“We’re blazing the trail because we see the economic and environmental value of it, and we’re taking CNG to places it hasn’t been before.”
Leung says that Emterra committed to compressed natural gas despite the lack of government incentives in Manitoba. “It’s 100% financed by us,” she says. “That’s unique in our business.”
The vehicles for Winnipeg – approximately 60 – will be LET2 trucks from Crane Carrier with 8.9-liter ISL G engines from Cummins Westport. They will have Heil bodies a mix of PT 1000 rear-loading mechanisms (with Crane four-seat crew cabs), and Heil Rapid Rail side-loaders.
Emterra reports a five- to seven-year contract from the City of Winnipeg to collect residential, multi-family, and small business recyclables, garbage, yard waste and bulky items, with service to commence October 1.
Clean Energy Fuels (NASDAQ:CLNE) is to provide a pipeline-fed time-fill fueling facility for Emterra’s new CNG fleet.
Emterra is planning to announce more CNG refuse truck deployments in Canada’s prairie provinces in the coming months, Leung says.
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Source: Emterra employment notices and Fleets & Fuels interviews