Contract Is for ‘a Major Oil Company’ – Shell?
Chart Industries reports a contract from a major oil company to build and commission 20 retail LNG fueling stations across North America.
“The 20 LNG fueling stations will be built at existing truck stop sites with the intention of adding dispensers alongside existing diesel fueling lanes,” Chart said. The work is expected to be completed by the second quarter of 2015.
LNG will be trucked to the stations.
“After developing core technologies for vehicle fueling 20 years ago, it’s gratifying to see acceleration in fueling station deployment,” said Bill Haukoos, VP for global LNG products with Chart Distribution & Storage.
‘At the Forefront’
The “major oil company?” Neither will confirm it, but Chart’s likeliest customer is Shell. “I can only assume it’s Shell,” says one of several sources polled. Shell is building liquefaction capacity, already provides LNG at several truck stops in Alberta, and has publicized plans with TravelCenters of America to build a nationwide U.S. network.
“The plan,” the partners said earlier this year, “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” (F&F, April 15).
“We look forward to working closely with our customers at the forefront of development in the LNG market,” Bill Haukoos says in the latest Chart announcement – “a critical step in enhancing both nationwide infrastructure and availability of LNG.”
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Source: Chart Industries with Fleets & Fuels follow-up