Linde Provided LNG for Successful South Carolina Trials
Mississippi-headquartered C Cross Transport is close to ordering 50 Paccar trucks for hauling steel in the Carolinas, following successful trials of a Peterbilt 389 with the Westport HD engine system. Liquefied natural gas fuel was supplied via a Linde mobile unit.
“We’ve got two customers that are very interested in putting in LNG tractors,” says C Cross president Harrison Cook. “It’s two of the largest flatbed shippers in the United States,” he says.
Cook told F&F that to his knowledge, the South Carolina trials with Linde and Westport mark the first-ever use of LNG for a flatbed operation. C Cross hauled routine loads of steel, 80,000-pound GVW, and logged “excellent fuel economy numbers.”
The orders will be placed when the customer contracts are in hand, Cook says. The trucks will be Paccar trucks, either Peterbilt or Kenworth, depending on local dealer service capability. Both Peterbilt and Kenworth offer the Westport HD powertrain from Westport Innovations (NASDAQ:WPRT) featuring a 15-liter Cummins ISX engine modified for high pressure direct injection operation primarily on natural gas.
Mindful of infrastructure limitations, C Cross is planning to install its own LNG fueling at Huger, S.C. (outside Charleston) and Roxboro, N.C. (north of Raleigh near the Virginia line), Cook says, greatly widening the 300-mile radius of the Linde- and Westport-backed trial runs.
Linde supplied a mobile LNG fueling unit to support the Peterbilt 389 for the C Cross trials. “This test demonstrates the simplicity of our LNG mobile fueling system, and it highlights Linde’s commitment to service and safety,” Linde North America energy solutions chief Douglas Bell said in a release. “Our mobile fueler has generated a great deal of interest at trade shows, and we are delighted to report this positive experience from the field.”
“The Linde team focused on safety and training, and made the process simple for our site personnel, which gave them confidence in their ability to manage the system,” Cook says in Linde announcement.
Linde Is Readying Permanent Fueling Too
Earlier this year, Linde took the occasion of the big ACT Expo show in Long Beach, Calif. to “pre-announce” new technology, slated for availability in early 2013, for compact liquefied natural gas fueling stations with better control of LNG boil-off. The firm made an exception in discussing the new product early, said Bryan Luftglass, head of strategic marketing and business development for Linde Energy Solutions.
“We recognize the market needs solutions that can address boil-off challenges as well as streamline the installation and operation of stations,” Luftglass told F&F and F&F ShowTimes (F&F, May 21).
Luftglass cited a 100-year Linde legacy in industrial gases, and said, “We are fully leveraging this capability in the area of LNG.”
“We’re currently deploying the system in other geographies and are excited to bring it to North America in the coming months.
“Linde’s decision to make this announcement now is a reflection of our view about its importance and our excitement about its potential to be a game-changer. Normally, we’d wait until a technology is 100% ready, but we recognize that fleets can take a long time to evaluate and decide on significant shifts in fueling,” Luftglass said.
Linde’s new compact permanent LNG fueling station design “minimizes installation time and cost, [and] scales as fleets’ needs expand,” the company says.
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Source: Linde release with Fleets & Fuels follow-up