First of 31 Trucks Delivered Under TCEQ’s TERP Initiative
Houston’s busy Nat G CNG Solutions has begun delivering the first of 31 compressed natural gas trucks to San Antonio-based Matera Paper. The box trucks, all built by International Navistar, are being re-powered with natural gas engines under TERP, the Texas Emissions Reduction Program administered by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
“With the new natural gas engines, Matera Paper will improve our local air quality and will also reduce their fueling costs by more than 30%,” Nat G co-CEO Balu Balagopal said in a release. NOx emissions will be reduced by nearly 75%.
The replacement engines are spark-ignition versions of Navistar’s 7.6-liter DT 466 by NGV Motori. Nat G is using either two or three 21-by-80-inch Type IV fuel cylinders from Quantum per truck. The two-tank trucks can carry 56.8 DGE/diesel gallon equivalents of CNG, says Materia fleet manager Steve Lovelady.
Nat G Helping with Fueling Too
Matera will have “the cleanest truck fleet in the janitorial supply industry,” Matera Paper president John Richardson said in the Nat G announcement.
Nat G says that in addition to repowering Matera’s delivery vehicles, it is helping develop natural gas fueling for Matera vehicles in San Antonio, Houston and Corpus Christi.
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Source: Nat G CNG Solutions with Fleets & Fuels follow-up