The availability of Shell liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel has been enhanced in Texas, USA by the addition of fueling lanes at two additional TravelCenters of America LLC (TA) truck filling stations. These stations are located in San Antonio and Dallas and follow the opening of Shell LNG fueling lanes in Baytown, Texas as well as Lafayette, Louisiana in March this year.
The Baytown, San Antonio and Dallas stations are strategically located in the Texas Triangle, a region with heavy truck traffic.
Heavy-duty truck fleet owners are beginning to choose LNG fuel over traditional diesel because it can be cost competitive for trucks that cover long distances. It is cleaner than diesel in terms of sulphur, particulates and nitrogen oxides, and can help reduce well-to-wheel greenhouse gas emissions.
Stabilis Energy is the first customer fueling their LNG-powered trucks at the San Antonio site.
As customer demand grows in the US, Shell and TA plan to open additional truck fuelling lanes. “This is another step forward in providing LNG fuel supply to heavy-duty road customers in the US,” said Shell’s Christian Buelow, Shell’s General Manager Downstream LNG Americas. “We expect the strengthening supply chain in North America to give customers reassurance that LNG is a viable fuel alternative to diesel today. We believe in the potential of LNG fuel becoming a bigger part of the marine and road transport fuel mix and continue to look at supply opportunities in the region.”
Shell has an agreement with TravelCenters of America LLC to develop a network of LNG fuelling stations for heavy-duty road transport customers, with sites phased to customer demand.