Heckmann Corporation transitioning truck fleet from diesel to LNG; largest single US order for LNG trucks
Heckmann Corporation, a water solutions company focused on water issues worldwide and, in particular, oil and natural gas exploration and production, is teaming up with Encana Natural Gas Inc., a subsidiary of Encana Corporation, Westport and Peterbilt Motors Company, a division of PACCAR Inc to transition its truck fleet from traditional diesel vehicles to natural gas vehicles (NGVs).
Under the terms of the agreement, Encana will make fueling services available where Heckmann Water Resources (HWR) operates its fleet of water transportation vehicles. HWR will use the trucks to service its customer’s natural gas wells and provide water handling services in conjunction with its system of pipelines and disposal wells. HWR has issued a purchase order for 200 Peterbilt 367 liquefied natural gas (LNG) trucks incorporating Westport Heavy Duty Systems (Westport HD), from Westport.
Although the purchase price of NGVs is higher than diesel trucks, the significantly reduced life cycle operating cost of NGVs is conducive to operating the heavy-duty trucks on natural gas, the companies said. Additionally, because of cleaner combustion, the average operating life of NGVs is considerably longer.
When liquefied natural gas is deployed in upstream natural gas operations, critical infrastructure is created and additional market demand for natural gas is stimulated in fleet transportation, including light-duty commercial fleets and other heavy-duty off-road operations, as well as natural gas drilling rigs, pressure pumping services and freight transportation. Beyond the natural gas sector, momentum also builds for increased natural gas use in other sectors, such as mining and construction, and the cumulative benefits of expanded natural gas use results in multiple economic and environmental benefits, they said.
The Westport HD System consists of a 15-liter HD engine, incorporating proprietary Westport fuel injectors, LNG fuel tanks with integrated cryogenic fuel pumps, and associated electronic components to facilitate robust performance and reliable operation. The Westport HD engine is certified and compliant to 2010 US Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board emission standards in North America.
Heckmann Corporation was created to buy and build companies in the water sector. In 2011, the Company continued the acquisition of additional disposal assets including expansion into the Eagle Ford Shale area in south Texas. In early 2010, the Company completed its 50-mile water disposal pipeline in the Haynesville Shale, and began expanding the line in 2011 to handle additional produced water and fresh water transportation. In February 2010, the Company announced its joint venture with Energy Transfer Partners to provide turnkey pipeline transportation solutions for complex water flows in the Marcellus and Haynesville oil and natural gas fields. The acquisition of an oilfield produced water disposal and transport company in November 2010, recently renamed Heckmann Water Resources, makes the Company one of the largest handlers of produced water in North America.
Encana is a leading North American natural gas producer that is focused on growing its portfolio of natural gas resource plays in key basins from northeast British Columbia to east Texas and Louisiana.