Mine Fleet Conversion Order Prompts New Products
Florida’s GFS Corp (for Gaseous Fuel Systems) is introducing new Evo-MT 7850 and Evo-WL 9920 kits to convert Caterpillar 785 mine trucks and 9920 loaders to liquefied natural gas-diesel dual fuel operation.
The product launch was promoted by an order to convert an entire fleet of Caterpillar 785 trucks at a U.S. mine. “The trucks are planned to be operating on LNG by late January 2017,” GFS says.
“The 785 is a very common model of haul truck, used in mines in many parts of the world where LNG is readily available and diesel costs are relatively high,” GFS president and CTO Jason Green said in a release.
A Dual Fuel First for Wheel Loaders
The Evo-WL 9920 is the company’s first LNG solution for wheel loaders. The first are to be operational in early 2017. GFS says it will release systems for other wheel loaders in the second half of 2017.
The new systems join a GFS product lineup that includes NG+D systems for Caterpillar 777 and 793 and Komatsu 830 and 930 haul trucks. Operators of these vehicles have successfully accumulated more than 400,000 hours of runtime to date, “in mine service,” GFS says, “substituting lower cost, cleaner burning LNG for a substantial portion of the diesel fuel that the truck would have normally used.”
The Caterpillar 785 is powered by the manufacturer’s 51.8-liter 3512 engine.
GFS, for its part, “designs, manufactures and sells proprietary solutions that enable high horsepower, heavy-duty diesel engines to operate on combination of natural gas and diesel fuel… fully integrated alternative fuel solutions for the mining, construction, stationary power and rail markets.”Contact information is only available to premium subscribers. Click here to purchase a premium subscription.
Source: Gaseous Fuel Systems/GFS with HHP Insight follow-up