DAILY NEWS Nov 5, 2012 4:11 AM - 0 comments

COMPETITION WATCH: Bison to add 15 LNG tractors in Alberta

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CALGARY, Alta. -- Bison Transport has announced it will deploy 15 natural gas-powered tractors in Alberta.

The company inked a five-year deal with Shell Canada to fuel the trucks at Shell stations in Calgary, Edmonton and Red Deer. Bison is the first fleet to sign on with Shell, as it rolls out the first of its chain LNG fuelling stations in Alberta.

The LNG fuelling stations, to be built at Shell Flying J truck stops in the three Alberta cities, are expected to open in early 2013.

“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,” says Trevor Fridfinnson, Bison’s vice-president, western operations. “Proving that this alternative fuel source can be economically and practically viable is our objective, aligning perfectly with our company values.”

For its part, Shell is building a natural gas liquefaction plant at its Jumping Pound facility west of Calgary.

“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,” says Lorraine Mitchelmore, Shell Canada country chair. “The opportunity to work with one of Canada’s leading fleets marks an exciting milestone for Shell.”

The trucks will be from Peterbilt, with the 15-litre Westport HD engine. The first of these trucks will be delivered in November with the entire fleet of 15 to be deployed by January, Bison announced.

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