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Universal LNG Solutions rolling out Class 8 LNG truck fleet for pilot

Universal LNG Solutions (ULNG) has introduced the first four trucks in a fleet of 95 of liquefied natural gas (LNG) big rigs at the campus of Sancus Energy, an LNG processing technology company. The trucks are Freightliner Cascadia models with Cummins Westport ISX 12G 400hp engines and can haul 80,000 pounds of goods for more than 700 miles (1,127 km) per fill-up.

The magic that creates the added fuel efficiency, range and LNG hold time is the integration of a Westport ICEPACK 240 dual tank LNG Fuel System and use of cold LNG during operations.

—Jeffrey Liu, CEO of Universal LNG Solutions

The fleet, which will ship goods throughout Texas and the surrounding states during a two-month pilot program between ULNG and key partners, will demonstrate how trucking companies can lower costs while reducing their carbon footprint using LNG engines.

Among the key partners in this effort are LA Freightliner/Velocity Group, the largest Freightliner dealership in the country and the exclusive LNG on-road equipment sales and servicing partner of ULNG. The dealer has been instrumental in helping to rollout, deploy and achieve acceptance of LNG trucks in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Utilizing ULNG’s LNG re-conditioning technology and the Westport’s fuel system can eliminate venting from the truck’s LNG tank under regular truck usage, achieving a “non-venting” fleet status. This will allow fleet operators to effectively consume the energy purchased without venting back to the station or into the atmosphere.

Sancus Energy and its sister company SST Process Solutions are Texas-based LNG technology companies and technology leaders working in conjunction with ULNG to deploy associated gas processing technologies for on-shore and off-shore oil and gas producers.

The technology being develop and deployed by both Sancus Energy, SST and ULNG will contribute to the removal of substantial oil field associated gas discharges and flaring in the off-shore environment and turning these gases into NGLs and LNG products capable of providing clean and affordable energy sources.

Sancus Energy and SST are working closely with ULNG, Sembcorp Marine and Gravifloat in the development implantation of a 700,000 m3 to 7,500,000 m3 class Associated Gas treatment and LNG liquefaction unit.


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