Teck Testing LNG in Mine Haul Trucks

December 11, 2015 in Dual Fuel, LNG, Mining by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Six Komatsu Trucks with GFS Dual Fuel & FortisBC Support:
‘First Use of LNG as a Haul Truck Fuel at a Canadian Mine Site’

Teck Resources said Wednesday that it’s testing liquefied natural gas fuel in six mine haul trucks at its Fording River steelmaking coal operation in southeast British Columbia – “marking the first use of LNG as a haul truck fuel at a Canadian mine site.”

One of six Komatsu mine haul trucks outfitted for LNG-diesel dual fuel operation at Teck’s Fording River steelmaking coal operation in Canada.

One of six Komatsu mine haul trucks outfitted for LNG-diesel dual fuel operation at Teck’s Fording River steelmaking coal operation in Canada.

The Komatsu trucks have Evo-MT 8300 and 9300 LNG-diesel dual fuel kits from Florida’s GFS Corp.

FortisBC is transporting and supplying LNG to the facility “and is making a financial contribution towards the pilot,” Teck says.

‘We Are Committed’

“LNG is a fuel source that has the potential to lower costs, significantly reduce emissions and improve environmental performance at our operations,” Teck president and CEO Don Lindsay said in a release.

Note Evo-MT 9300 dual fuel installtion by GFS Corp on Komatsu mine haul truck operated by Teck in British Columbia.

Note Evo-MT 9300 dual fuel installtion by GFS Corp on Komatsu mine haul truck operated by Teck in British Columbia.

“We are committed to minimizing our own carbon footprint while at the same time continuing to provide the mining products that are essential to building a modern, low-carbon society,” he said.

According to the announcement, Teck sees potential to reduce fuel costs by more than $20 million annually “by adopting LNG and diesel hybrid fuel across the operations.” The potential greenhouse gas emissions reduction is 35,000 tons of carbon dioxide per year at Teck’s steelmaking coal.

More to Come?

Teck says that with FortisBC support it’s upgraded the Fording River Operations truck maintenance shop, installed fueling facilities “and implemented a comprehensive safety program in advance of the pilot.”

“LNG, as a vehicle fuel source, provides both an economic and environmental benefit to industry in our province,” FortisBC president and CEO Michael Mulcahy says in the Teck release. “Today’s announcement further builds on the diversity of the more than 400 natural gas-fueled vehicles in British Columbia.”

Teck says that the Fording River pilot program is expected to run until mid-year 2016 “and will provide more information about the potential of using LNG more broadly across Teck’s haul truck fleet, creating the opportunity for further fleet conversions to LNG in the future.”

Teck Resources' Fording River steelmaking coal operation in southeast British Columbia.

Teck Resources’ Fording River steelmaking coal operation in southeast British Columbia.

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Source: Teck Resources with HHP Insight follow-up

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