Florida-based Gaseous Fuel Systems Corp. (GFS), manufacturer of high horsepower alt-fuel solutions, has developed a dual-fuel conversion system for the open-pit mining sector. Its first offering is the EVO–MT 7930 System, specifically designed for the Caterpillar 793 series of mine haul trucks. The EVO-MT System allows mining companies to substantially reduce operating costs, by replacing diesel fuel with liquefied natural gas (LNG) and without major modification of either the chassis or drive engine of the Caterpillar 793 haul truck.
In the event of a fault condition or low LNG fuel level, the System seamlessly switches the truck to 100% diesel operation regardless of operating mode. Truck haul capacity is maintained after the EVO-MT System is installed and engine power and torque output is maintained to OEM specifications.
“GFS Corp is committed to bringing smart, cost effective and sustainable natural gas solutions to open-pit operations. We developed the EVO-MT System in direct response to our mining customers who have long sought a practical LNG retrofit option for large mine haul trucks”, said Jason Green, President of GFS Corp.
“Our EVO-MT System is able to provide our customers with a ‘here and now’ solution that can be quickly and seamlessly adopted into their operations, making an immediate impact to the bottom line,” Green added.
While emphasizing the the safety record of LNG as a vehicular fuel, GFS has added “new and unique technologies” to allow its use in rugged mining environments.
The company is currently taking orders for the EVO-MT 7930 System and will be releasing additional solutions for Caterpillar and Komatsu haul truck models in 2012.
(This article compiled using information from a GFS Corp press release)