Two Tractors for Beaver Creek Transport in Minnesota
Have BoC CNG Fuel Systems from Worthington/dHybrid,
Fueling at Their Own TruStar Energy Slow-Fill Installation
Kenworth is talking up the first T880 tractors to be delivered with natural gas fuel systems: a pair of compressed natural gas trucks for Beaver Creek Transport in Minnesota.
Brothers Randy and Scott Tersteeg run a family farm and a trucking and warehousing business – Beaver Creek Transport in Olivia, west of Minneapolis.
Randy Tersteeg says in Kenworth’s announcement that the consistently lower cost of natural gas and its availability convinced him and his brother to adopt CNG. “We did a cost analysis and found the cost of natural gas is equivalent to paying about $2 for a comparable gallon of diesel fuel,” he says. “At the time of the analysis, we were paying nearly $4 for a gallon of diesel fuel.”
Money Saved, Even with Cheaper Diesel
The new trucks are powered by 400-horsepower 11.9-liter ISX12 G engines from Cummins Westport.
They have 145-diesel-gallon-equivalent back-of-cab CNG fuel tank assemblies made by dHybrid, which is now Worthington Fuel Systems (F&F, October 20).
Also according to Kenworth, Tersteeg estimates Beaver Creek Transport saves about $200 in fuel costs each day operating both trucks compared to the cost of operating its diesel-powered trucks – even with diesel prices currently at about $3 per gallon.
“As we looked at our options for replacing our trucks, the notion of natural gas became even sweeter after Houston-based CenterPoint Energy agreed to build a five-mile natural gas line out from Olivia to our warehouse,” he said. “And TruStar Energy received the bid to build a slow-fill fueling station equipped to handle up to 12 trucks.”
Organic Material Recycled
Natural gas is a fit too as Beaver Creek has evolved over the last several years into an active player in the alternative waste-to-energy fuel market, Kenworth says.
The firm still moves products from the family’s Minnesota farms, but since 2007 has specialized in the transportation of poultry litter from area farms to the FibroMinn power plant in Benson, Minn. The 55-megawatt plant generates electricity by burning 700,000 tons of poultry litter each year. Beaver Creek also transports about 125,000 tons of fertilizer derived from FibroMinn waste ash.
The fertilizer is made at North American Fertilizer, an adjacent manufacturing facility the Tersteegs opened when the power plant began operation in 2007.
Durability and Resale Value
Ease of service, cabin visibility, and durability and resale value were among the factors in the company’s choice of the Kenworth T880, the manufacturer says. “Our trucks run about 400 miles per day in a variety of different environments from the highway to deeply rutted farm roads,” Tersteeg says.
“We wanted a truck that would hold its resale value, and also be durable enough to handle the difficult conditions our trucks operate under.”
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Source: Kenworth with Fleets & Fuels follow-up