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Encana opens first LNG fueling station in Louisiana for HD fleets

"We are very pleased to be part of an innovative Canadian and American solution to expand the use of LNG, said Eric Marsh, executive vice president, Encana Corporation and senior vice president, USA Division. (Courtesy ENCANA)

The Trucker News Services

2/28/2012

FRIERSON, La. — Encana Natural Gas Inc., a subsidiary of Encana Corp., a large North American natural gas producer, Monday opened the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueling station in Louisiana.

Located at The Relay Station in Frierson, the station which will serve the fueling needs of heavy-duty truck fleets and is open for public use.

The station is currently being utilized by Heckmann Water Resources, an Encana partner in water sustainability in the natural gas industry.

HWR recently ordered 200 new LNG big-rig trucks, 50 of which have been deployed to date.

Encana also recently secured a contract with Pivotal LNG, a subsidiary of AGL Resources Inc., which owns and operates a major liquefaction facility. The contract enables Encana to provide LNG to consumers and will create further opportunities for natural gas in the transportation sector.

"We are very pleased to be part of an innovative Canadian and American solution to expand the use of LNG. This new station is a major step towards encouraging companies to convert vehicles to run on affordable, environmentally-responsible natural gas," said Eric Marsh, executive vice president, Encana Corporation and senior vice president, USA Division.

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Encana works with supply chain partners and other external heavy-duty fleets by offering fueling solutions to help them better manage fuel usage and realize the cost savings of natural gas. Encana is quickly growing in its efforts to commercially develop natural gas for transportation. Additionally, Encana owns and operates four mobile LNG fueling stations (two in Louisiana) and six compressed natural gas (CNG) stations. In leading by example, Encana has converted nearly half of their fleet field vehicles in Louisiana operations to utilize CNG. They have also retrofitted drilling rig engines to run on natural gas in their U.S. operations, four of which run on LNG.

Natural gas-powered trucks are fueled with CNG or LNG and operate similarly to diesel powered vehicles and generally have a longer operating life due to the cleaner combustion. Converting one 18-wheeler from diesel to LNG is equivalent to removing the emissions of about 325 cars from the road, according to Encana.

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