Shell and TA Finalize Agreement for LNG at Perhaps 100 Sites
Shell and TravelCenters of America have finalized their agreement to develop a U.S. nationwide network of liquefied natural gas fueling centers for heavy-duty road transport customers. “The plan,” they say, “is to construct at least two LNG fueling lanes and a storage facility at up to 100 existing TA and Petro Stopping Centers branded full service travel centers along the U.S. interstate highway system.”
“We anticipate the first of these stations will be operational in roughly one year’s time with a priority to develop the main trucking corridors.” The two firms announced an MoU last year (F&F, June 7).
“The target customer is the 18-wheeler,” Dan McCarthy, Shell GM for retail joint ventures and national accounts, told reporters in Houston Monday.
“Shell is investing now in the infrastructure that will bring this innovative, cost-competitive and environmentally beneficial fuel to our customers,” Shell fuels sales and marketing Americas VP Elen Phillips said in a release.
“We are leveraging our strength as an integrated company to produce, liquefy, distribute and commercialize natural gas in transport,” she said. “TravelCenters of America is the ideal partner to help us bring this vision to life.”
Shell is building LNG plants in Alberta and in Ontario, and in Louisiana, to serve truck and other emerging LNG markets. The first of three announced LNG stations has opened in Calgary, pumping fuel from outside suppliers (F&F, March 11).
“We will buy third-party supply for the first few sites” in the U.S. as well, said McCarthy. Shell has established a sales team, and told F&F that trucker interest has been strong.
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Source: Shell-TA release with Fleets & Fuels follow-up