CALGARY, Alta. – The first of 15 BisonTransport LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) tractors will roll out of its Calgary terminal Friday morning, a development the company believes marks “a turning point in creating awareness of LNG as a sustainable and abundant alternative fuel source.”
Bison Transport has signed an agreement with Shell Canada to run the 15 LNG tractors in Alberta. Bison’s five-year fuels supply agreement marks the first step in launching Shell’s LNG refueling infrastructure in the province.
Under the terms of the agreement, Bison will use Shell Flying J refueling facilities in Calgary, Edmonton and Red Deer which are scheduled to open in early 2013. This agreement is the first of its kind in Canada and will bring LNG to public access fuelling facilities; it also highlights LNG as a transport fuel option. Under specific conditions, the use of LNG in heavy duty applications has the potential to deliver 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
“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 VP Western Operations. “Proving that this alternative fuel source can be economically and practically viable is our objective, aligning perfectly with our company values.”
Shell believes its LNG refueling infrastructure will support an increasing number of commercial fleets with LNG fuel options. The company is constructing a natural gas liquefaction plant at its Jumping Pound facility, west of Calgary, to supply this growing 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,” 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 entire LNG heavy duty fleet is expected to be operational by January 2013.