LNG Hauler’s Fleet Is Now Better than 20% LNG-Fueled
GDF Suez Gas NA has begun supplying LNG to Transgas to fuel its new LNG-hauling tractors. “Transgas is the largest liquefied natural gas trucking company in the Northeast,” Suez says, and “is using LNG to fuel ten new tanker-truck tractors, which are also transporting LNG primarily to gas utilities throughout New England and to commercial-industrial facilities.”
Transgas has ten new Peterbilt 386 tractors, confirms fleet and facilities director John Sorota, out of a total fleet of some 48 vehicles. The LNG Peterbilts were bought through McDevitt Trucks, in Tewksbury, Mass., Sorota told F&F. Peterbilt offers the 386 with the Westport HD LNG system from Westport Innovations with 15-liter high pressure direct injection engine.
Suez is fueling the Transgas tractors in Everett, Mass. (north of Boston), adjacent to its Distrigas LNG import terminal. “This fueling station is the first of its kind in Massachusetts,” Suez says. “Transgas is among the first fleet owners to fuel at the facility.”
‘We Can Now Lead By Example’
“For more than 40 years, we have been supplying LNG to New England customers by way of tanker truck,” said Frank Katulak, Distrigas president and COO and senior VP at GDF Suez Gas NA.
“Today, we are very pleased to be able to offer LNG fuel for these same tanker trucks,” Katulak says in the Transgas release, “enabling Transgas to join other fleet owners in benefiting from the considerably lower fuel costs and emissions associated with LNG fuel.”
“Transgas has been delivering LNG safely for more than four decades. We can now lead by example,” said Transgas operations VP Timothy Mehan. “We are pleased to have teamed up with GDF Suez Gas NA to fuel our new LNG tractors.”
The Suez LNG receiving terminal in Everett began operations in 1971. It serves most of the natural gas utilities and other power producers in New England through both pipeline deliveries of re-vaporized LNG and an average of 10,000 tanker truck deliveries of LNG liquid each year.
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Source: GDF Suez Gas NA with Fleets & Fuels follow-up