First of 20 by Chart Industries for Shell & Travel Centers
Shell and Travel Centers of America opened the first of a planned network of U.S. truck stop LNG stations in Ontario, Calif. on Monday, just prior to ACT Expo.
It’s the first of 20 such facilities designed, manufactured and commissioned by Chart Industries (F&F, November 4).
The two-lane liquefied natural gas outlet is at the Petro Truck Stop south of I-10. It will support LNG trucks operated by fleets including C.R. England.
“Our strategic partnership with Shell to expand the nationwide LNG fueling network is evidence of the demand for alternative fuels from commercial customers,” Chart Distribution & Storage Americas president Bill Haukoos said in a release.
Texas and Pennsylvania Too
TravelCenters said it has completed retrofitting five of its TA and Petro Truck Service facilities “to bring them in line with industry standards and regulations for completing truck service repairs on both CNG (compressed natural gas) and LNG trucks. The five are
- Petro Ontario, Calif.;
- TA Harrisburg, Pa. (I-81, Exit 77);
- TA Baytown, Texas (I-10, Exit 789);
- TA Dallas South (I-20, Exit 472); and
- TA San Antonio (I-10, Exit 583).
TravelCenters describes its LNG fueling lanes as “super lanes” with dispensers handling LNG, diesel and DEF.
“This ensures that those lanes can be fully utilized while the demand for LNG ramps up over the coming months and years,” TravelCenters president and CEO Tom O’Brien said in his firm’s Ontario announcement. “Additionally, by locating the LNG lanes with the existing fuel lanes,” he said, “we haven’t interrupted truck traffic flow, or reduced available truck parking spaces at these sites.”
A Deliberate Approach
“Chart has a strong reputation for innovative, customer-focused solutions and we’ve worked extensively to design and build a station to meet Shell’s request for a new global standard in LNG fueling,” he said.
Chart said that the remaining contracted LNG fueling stations will be built across North America in a phased approach, “based on customer demand at existing truck stop sites with the intention of adding dispensers alongside existing diesel fueling lanes.”
“The opening of the first U.S. LNG station signifies the early stages of a sustainable transport system that will create value for Shell – as well as for our customers,” Shell fuels sales and marketing North America VP Elen Phillips said in Shell’s announcement.
“We will continue the progress and plan to open LNG fuel lanes at more locations this year, based on customer demand,” said Tom O’Brien, CEO of Travel Centers of America.
Ohio’s Kenan Advantage Group said Monday it’s been contracted to truck the LNG fuel to the Shell LNG stations. KAG also delivers LNG to fueling facilities operated by UPS (F&F, January 27). The company says it’s working to deploy LNG-fueled tractors.
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Source: Chart, Shell and Travel Centers with Fleets & Fuels follow-up