LNG for trucks
Used in trucks delivering goods, LNG has the potential to offer fuel cost savings when compared to conventional diesel. It can also reduce sulphur emissions, particulates and nitrogen oxides, and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from production to use.
Burning LNG in spark-ignited engines is quieter than burning diesel in combustion engines. It means LNG-fuelled trucks can operate longer under noise restrictions, for example when delivering to supermarkets in residential areas.
Shell has also developed engine oils to meet the specific operating conditions of trucks and buses that run on natural gas. Shell Rimula R5 NG and Shell Rimula R3 NG effectively lubricate and clean the engine by promoting thermal stability and detergency control, keeping engines well-oiled for their best performance.
Together with TravelCentres of America, Shell has focused on developing a network of LNG fuel stations for heavy-duty trucks in the USA. Fuel lanes now operate in Texas, Louisiana and California. In Canada, we have opened two LNG refuelling stations, in Calgary and Edmonton. We will use learnings from these early sites when opening future lanes.
Since October 2015, Shell has access to import and storage capacity in the Gas Access to Europe Terminal (Gate) at the port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands. This enables us to supply our own LNG to marine and road customers in northwest Europe, as well as LNG fuel for our truck refuelling network in the Netherlands. Shell will also be the first customer at a new ”break-bulk” LNG terminal being built by Gate at the port.
We are also working with OEMs to further develop LNG as a fuel for heavy-duty truck operators.