Vedder Transport Ltd. will fill up their new LNG-powered trucks at
FortisBC fuelling station in Abbotsford
SURREY, BC, Sept. 26, 2011 /CNW/ - FortisBC has received interim
approval from the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) to
provide fuelling services to Vedder Transport through a liquefied
natural gas (LNG) fuelling station in Abbotsford. FortisBC and Vedder
Transport worked together to construct this fuelling station. Vedder
Transport will now be able to safely and economically refuel their new
fleet of 50 LNG-powered trucks on their own premises at rates regulated
by the BCUC. Delivery of Vedder Transport's first 10 LNG-powered trucks
has already begun and all 50 are expected to arrive by early 2012; the
trucks use technology developed by Westport Innovations.
"By using LNG from B.C., Vedder Transport's trucks are not only helping
to create a new market for an economical transportation fuel, but they
are helping to ensure the province's economy remains competitive - B.C.
businesses are able to reduce their costs, from the shipping container
straight to their customers' doorstep," said Doug Stout, vice
president, energy solutions and external relations, FortisBC. "Vedder
Transport's trucks will also be emitting up to 27 per cent less
greenhouse gases (GHGs) than their diesel counterparts, so in addition
to contributing to the economy, using natural gas will help B.C. reach
its climate action goals."
"At Vedder, we are committed to protecting the environment for future
generations. Adding natural gas trucks to our fleet will help us reduce
transportation-related emissions, ultimately improving air quality
while reducing fuel management expenses," said Fred Zweep, president of
the Vedder Transportation Group.
Natural gas vehicles (NGVs) provide a way to decrease carbon emissions
and reduce noise levels, and are the most viable option for companies
with large fleets looking to reduce their GHGs and fuel costs. Using a
model developed for Natural Resources Canada to calculate GHG
emissions, an LNG-powered truck driven 190,000 kilometres per year is
estimated to produce about 70 fewer tonnes of GHGs annually than its
diesel counterpart - helping Vedder Transport to reduce their GHG
emissions by approximately 3,500 tonnes per year. At current prices,
LNG is also approximately 50 per cent less expensive than diesel,
resulting in significant operating cost savings.
"Natural gas is an increasingly popular energy source for the
transportation industry," said Clark Quintin, president of Westport HD.
"It is great to see Vedder Transport and FortisBC leading the way in
Western Canada in a partnership that helps reduce greenhouse gas
emissions in heavy-duty transport. The initiative, to use LNG as a fuel
in long-haul trucking, is an important step towards a better
environmental profile for the transport industry through a technology
and partnership developed in our own backyard."
FortisBC also recently received BCUC approval to provide fuelling
services to Waste Management for their 20 refuse trucks powered by
compressed natural gas (CNG). FortisBC owns and maintains a CNG
fuelling station on Waste Management's premises, at rates regulated by
the BCUC. This CNG fuelling station would be the first of its kind for
heavy duty trucking in Western Canada.
For more information, including a video, on FortisBC's natural gas
vehicle program, please visit http://bit.ly/nv05gJ.
FortisBC is an integrated energy solutions provider focused on providing
safe and reliable energy, including natural gas, electricity, propane
and alternative energy solutions, at the lowest reasonable cost.
FortisBC employs more than 2,000 British Columbians and serves
approximately 1.1 million customers in more than 135 B.C. communities.
FortisBC is indirectly wholly owned by Fortis Inc., the largest
investor-owned distribution utility in Canada. FortisBC owns and
operates four regulated hydroelectric generating plants, approximately
7,000 kilometres of transmission and distribution power lines and
approximately 46,000 kilometres of natural gas transmission and
distribution pipelines. FortisBC Inc., FortisBC Energy Inc., FortisBC
Energy (Vancouver Island) Inc., and FortisBC Energy (Whistler) Inc. do
business as FortisBC. Fortis Inc. shares are listed on the Toronto Stock
Exchange and trade under the symbol FTS. Additional information can be
accessed at www.fortisinc.com or www.sedar.com.
About the Vedder Transportation Group
The Vedder Transportation Group remains a family owned and operated
company with its head office located in Abbotsford, BC. With its two
trucking companies, Vedder Transport Ltd and Can-Am West Carriers Inc,
the companies offer dedicated and irregular route highway less than
truck load (ltl) and truck load (tl) specialized and general freight
services throughout Canada and between Canada and the United States.
The Vedder Transportation Group now operates a diverse fleet of 300
tractors and over 800 semi trailers, employing hundreds of people. www.vtlg.com
About Westport Innovations Inc.
Westport Innovations Inc. is a global leader in alternative fuel,
low-emissions technologies that allow engines to operate on
clean-burning fuels such as compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied
natural gas (LNG), hydrogen, and renewable natural gas (RNG) fuels such
as landfill gas. Our unique technologies reduce nitrogen oxides (NOx),
particulate matter (PM), and greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). The
Company focuses on three distinct categories or target markets -
light-, medium-, and heavy-duty - through Westport business units or
joint ventures. Westport LD is focused on light-duty automotive
systems, components and engines, including 2.4L engines for industrial
applications such as forklifts and oilfield service. Cummins Westport
(CWI), a joint venture with Cummins, sells the world's broadest range
of low-emissions alternative fuel engines for commercial urban fleets
such as buses, refuse trucks and vocational vehicles. Westport Heavy
Duty (Westport HD) is engaged in the engineering, design and marketing
of natural gas-enabling technology for the heavy-duty diesel engine and
truck market. To learn more about our business, visit our website or
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