Shell and its affiliates have signed a memorandum of
understanding with TravelCenters of America (TA) to sell
liquefied natural gas (LNG) to heavy-duty truckers through TA's
existing network of stations.
The proposed plans include constructing more than 200 LNG
fuel lanes at about 100 TA sites and Petro Stopping Centers
throughout the US interstate highway system, the companies
If a final agreement is reached, the first of the LNG fuel
lanes are expected to become operational in 2013.
"Using natural gas for transport gives truck fleet operators
a new strong advantage because it's abundant and affordable and
a viable alternative to diesel," said Elen Phillips, vice
president of Shell Fuels Sales & Marketing in North
"This potential alliance with TA would enable Shell to
deliver LNG fuel to customers who want a competitively priced
fuel option to help them meet increasingly stringent air
quality emission standards.
Shell says demand is growing for innovative fuels, like LNG
fuel, from heavy-duty transport customers. Benefits can include
lower fuel costs and improved local air quality from reduced emissions, particularly nitrogen
oxide as well as reduced noise levels.
"Shell sees great potential for LNG as a fuel option among
our range of quality fuels, due to the sheer abundance and
affordability of domestic natural gas in North America,
Where it makes sense and where there is customer
demand, we will innovate to deliver LNG as an additional fuel
offer to our customers across America.
Last year, Shell announced it would sell LNG to its
heavy-duty fleet customers at select Flying J truck stops in
Alberta, Canada, starting in 2012. The first LNG retail stop in
Calgary is slated to open this year.
Shell says the announcements show progress in its strategy
to develop a global downstream LNG fuel sales business.
That proposed business includes commercial customers in the
truck sector but also other growth areas - notably marine,
mining and rail, according to the company.