Most of the 900 Westport Tanks for Universal LNG Won’t Be on Trucks
Westport Innovations reports a blanket purchase order for 900 of its Westport iCE Pack LNG tank systems to be delivered over the next two years. The customer, Houston’s Universal LNG Solutions, says that most will be used off-road.
“This investment by ULNG confirms the industry’s interest in the Westport iCE Pack and the demand for cold liquefied natural gas,” Westport business development VP Steve Anderson said in a release.
“The availability of iCE Pack gives ULNG the ability to offer our customers a package solution with dedicated infrastructure, LNG fuel and vehicle LNG fuel systems,” Universal CEO Jeffrey Liu says in the Westport announcement.
Drilling and Fracking
Only about 40% of the 900 units to be shipped over the next two years will be for transportation, Liu estimates. Most will go for industrial applications, he told F&F, including energy exploration and production: drilling and fracking.
Liu says that his firm is also working with Westport on tender cars in development for LNG-fueled locomotives, and on a recently disclosed project to apply Westport’s high pressure direct injection technology to a natural gas tugboat.
Liu notes that Westport has long sourced LNG tanks from China. Universal too, straddles the Pacific. “We have very strong ties to both the East and the West,” he says.
Hold Times as Long as Ten Days
Westport claims hold times of up to ten days for LNG in an iCE Pack tank when filled with “cold,” or unsaturated LNG. The storage longevity was a key point for Universal, Liu says, adding that he expects to field systems using single 120-gallon iCE Pack units as well as tandem 240-gallon assemblies.
Westport said it expects to begin shipping to Universal in this fourth quarter of 2013.
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