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Shell Canada and Caterpillar to explore LNG fueling options for oil sands mining trucks

17 December 2013

Shell Canada and Caterpillar have signed an agreement to test a new dual fuel engine and fuel mix using liquefied natural gas (LNG) that could reduce operating costs and lead to reduced emissions from oil sands mining in northern Alberta.

Caterpillar will leverage its experience with LNG in other applications, and will continue development work to design and to build a fully integrated dual fuel mining truck in which LNG displaces most of the diesel power. Through this agreement, Caterpillar will test the design at Shell’s oil sands operations located near Fort McMurray.

In addition to the new truck Caterpillar is developing, Shell will also retrofit existing trucks from its fleet with the new engine for the trial, as well as provide fueling infrastructure, at its Shell Albian Sands operation near Fort McMurray. This trial follows a trend for Shell in looking at options to use Canada’s abundant natural gas as a fuel in marine and road transportation, and other industrial situations.

Field testing of dual fuel mining trucks at Shell’s oil sands operations is expected to begin in 2016, with the trial expected to last up to one year.

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