Shell Canada is in the permitting process for three truck stop LNG fueling centers in Alberta, siting the stations at existing Shell Flying J travel centers and working with partners including Westport Innovations (NASDAQ:WPRT; F&F, September 12, 2011).
“Pending regulatory approval and permitting, the proposed construction schedule is expected to include earthwork site preparation starting in the summer of 2012 followed by mechanical work in latter part of the year,” a Shell Canada spokeswoman told F&F.
No opening dates have been announced, nor have plans for more LNG outlets after the initial three.
“We are planning our next sites in conjunction with customer demand,” the spokeswoman said. “The Shell Flying J network is well-situated to serve the major trucking routes in Western Canada.”
Concurrently, Shell is modifying an established natural gas facility at Jumping Pound near Calgary to produce liquefied natural gas for trucks. The location provides “a convenient route to distribute the product from the complex to fueling stations… Shell sees demand developing for LNG in Calgary and other areas of Alberta.”
Shell Has Plans for U.S. Truck Stops Too
Shell will purchase LNG from third-party sources as the Jumping Pound supply develops.
Early adopters of LNG in western Canada include Abbotsford, B.C.-based Vedder Transport, purchaser of 50 Peterbilt 386 trucks.
Shell has also disclosed an MoU with TravelCenters of America to provide LNG for trucks. “Proposed plans include constructing more than 200 LNG fuel lanes at about 100 TA sites and Petro Stopping Centers throughout the U.S. interstate highway system,” Shell said (F&F, June 7).
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Source Shell Canada pursuant to Fleets & Fuels inquiry, F&F background