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Ferus launches LNG powered tractor

16th March 2012

LNG powered tractor could cut more GHGs compared to conventional fuel sources

LNG used in transport fuel is better for the environment than diesel

North American energy services company, Ferus Inc. has put into service the first LNG powered heavy-duty tractor in the province of Alberta, it announced on 15 March.

The unit will operate exclusively in the oilfield services sector of Alberta's energy industry transporting liquid nitrogen to energy industry customers in the central Alberta corridor.

“With lower emissions, substantial cost savings and an abundance of local supply, we believe that natural gas is the future of transportation fuel in North America and we are excited to be on the leading edge of this conversion,” said Richard Brown, President & CEO of Ferus. "

Tractor units such as the one being used by Ferus, store natural gas in liquid form in specialised LNG fuel tanks where the product is ultimately converted back into a gaseous state for combustion in the engine's cylinders.

The range is more than 700 km, which allows the 475 horsepower Class 8 units to haul products to energy industry customers throughout the local province, a market traditionally serviced by conventional diesel tractors.

Converting to LNG as a primary transportation fuel can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and particulate matter, says Ferus. It can also make substantial fuel cost savings compared to diesel and support for the North American natural gas industry with its huge reserves.

Ferus intends to add additional units to its operations in the coming months with the ultimate goal of converting its entire transportation fleet to run on natural gas.

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