One of Canada’s largest trucking companies, Bison Transport, has penned a deal with Shell to run 15 liquified natural gas trucks in the province of Alberta. Shell’s LNG fueling stations, set to open in Calgary, Edmonton, and Red Deer early next year, will be supplied by its new natural gas liquefaction plant just west of Calgary. Bison expects its LNG fleet to be fully operational in January 2013.
LNG is an important player in the alternative fuel movement. Natural gas is an abundant resource that can be liquified into a fuel that reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 20%. A growing number of companies are experimenting with the fuel and as gasoline prices continue to rise, more and more will likely follow suit. Trucking companies can potentially gain a financial advantage with cheaper fuel costs, as well as a competitive advantage among its customers that have an interest in green transportation.