Arch Coal’s Black Thunder Mine, located in Wright, Wyoming, has ordered 10 EVO-MT 9300 LNG Conversion Systems for installation on Komatsu 930E haul trucks. The order, placed with GFS Corp., follows adoption of GFS LNG systems in 2014 and is part of Arch Coal’s ongoing program to assess the benefits of using liquid natural gas (LNG) in their mining operations. The EVO-MT® Systems will be configured for use with either Cummins or MTU engines.
The newly converted Komatsu 930E haul trucks will join Arch’s existing fleet of LNG-powered Komatsu 830E units that have been in operation at the Black Thunder Mine since January of 2014.
The company expects to have the project fully completed by the second quarter 2015 and is currently working with Arch Coal to develop NG+D® solutions for other applications including additional haul truck models as well as other diesel-powered surface mining equipment.
“We are pleased to continue our relationship with Arch Coal and are excited that they have chosen GFS Corp as a technology and service partner in their ongoing effort to reduce operating costs and improve sustainability” said Jason Green, President. “We look forward to working with Arch Coal and the outstanding team at Black Thunder Mine as they significantly expand their LNG conversion project.”
GFS Corp designs, manufactures and sells proprietary solutions that enable high horsepower, heavy-duty diesel engines to operate on combination of natural gas and diesel fuel. The company’s primary focus is providing fully integrated alternative fuel solutions for the mining, construction, stationary power and rail markets.
U.S.-based Arch Coal, Inc. is one of the world’s top coal producers for the global steel and power generation industries, serving customers on five continents. Its network of mining complexes is the most diversified in the United States, spanning every major coal basin in the nation. The company controls more than 5 billion tons of high-quality metallurgical and thermal coal reserves, with access to all major railroads, inland waterways and a growing number of seaborne trade channels.