15 Tractors to Fuel at New Shell Flying J Stations
Shell said Monday that it will provide fuel for 15 new liquefied natural gas tractors being deployed in Alberta by Manitoba-based Bison Transport. They will fuel at the new Shell Flying J stations in Calgary, Edmonton and Red Deer under a five-year agreement.
The vehicles are Peterbilt 386 model trucks with the Westport HD system including the 15-liter Cummins ISX engine modified for HPDI – high pressure direct injection – operation primarily on natural gas. The vehicles were purchased through Calgary Peterbilt.
According to the Shell Canada Products release, Bison is to begin receiving its LNG trucks this month. The fleet of 15 – and the three Shell fueling installations – are to commence operations in January.
Bison is one of the largest carriers in Canada, Shell says.
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“Proving that this alternative fuel source can be economically and practically viable is our objective, aligning perfectly with our company values,” Bison western operations VP Trevor Fridfinnson said in a release. “We are very pleased to be working with Shell on this leading edge initiative that stands to transform the commercial freight and fuel industries in North America.”
Shell noted that it’s building a natural gas liquefaction plant at its Jumping Pound facility, west of Calgary, which will support the truck market. “LNG can be a cost-effective fuel from an abundant resource of natural gas and we believe it can help our customers build competitive advantage,” said Lorraine Mitchelmore, Shell Canada Limited country chair.
“The opportunity to work with one of Canada’s leading fleets marks an exciting milestone for Shell,” she said.
Shell previously announced an MoU with TravelCenters of America to provide LNG for trucks in the U.S. “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 earlier this year (F&F, June 7).
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Source: Shell Canada press release with Fleets & Fuels follow-up