Seaboard’s High Plains Bioenergy Unit Has Two CNG T660 Tractors,
Seaboard Foods Live Production Ops to Get 43 CNG T800SH Day Cabs
Alt fuel to haul alt fuel? It’s happening, Kenworth Trucks said Tuesday, reporting orders for 45 compressed natural gas fueled tractors by Seaboard Foods and its High Plains Bioenergy subsidiary.
High Plains produces more than 30 million gallons of B99 biodiesel per year from a variety of fats, including pork fat rendered at a Seaboard Foods pork processing plant in Oklahoma. The company now uses two Kenworth T660 day cabs powered by the new Cummins Westport ISX12 G heavy-duty natural gas engine to transport the biodiesel from the plant to regional biodiesel customers.
In addition, Kenworth says, Seaboard’s live production operations unit will be placing 43 Kenworth T800 short hood day cabs, also powered by the Cummins Westport ISX12 G engine, into operation hauling live animals from the farms to the company’s pork processing plant, and animal feed from its feed mill operations to its farms.
Kenworth Service Greased the Pork Fat Deal
According to Kenworth, Seaboard moves more than 4 million market hogs annually from its farms to the pork processing plant in Guymon, Okla.
“The availability of a 12-liter natural gas engine really makes it possible for our operation to run CNG-powered trucks because it provides the right amount of power and torque for the loads our trucks carry,” Seaboard Foods president and CEO Terry Holton says in the Kenworth announcement.
“Our past experience with our diesel-powered Kenworth trucks offers us confidence in the durability and reliability of these natural gas-powered Kenworths in the years to come,” Holton said. “Our experience with the service from our Kenworth dealers also convinced us to buy the natural gas-powered Kenworths.
“We’ve had a very good relationship with our local Kenworth dealers.”
Two New Fueling Stations Too
The CNG-powered trucks will be fueled using two new dedicated natural gas fueling stations that the company has built and located near its biodiesel plant in the Oklahoma Panhandle, Kenworth said.
“With the right spec’ing choices, many operators like Seaboard have the potential to realize significant reductions in fuel costs and emissions, particularly if they’re replacing older diesel trucks with new Kenworth trucks powered by natural gas,” said Andy Douglas, Kenworth national sales manager for specialty markets.
“The new Cummins Westport ISX12 G engine also provides a better operational fit for many operators, such as Seaboard, because it provides as much as 80 horsepower of additional power and 450 pounds of additional torque compared to the peak rating of the 8.9-liter Cummins Westport ISL G engine,” he said.
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