Ryder to Provide Shell with 15 LNG Heavy-Duty Tractors
Ryder announced that Shell Oil Company signed an agreement for 15 LNG heavy-duty vehicles supporting oil and gas logistics operations in Lafayette, Louisiana, and Houston, Texas. As a longtime Shell logistics provider, Ryder currently manages road transportation for Shell’s freight hauling activities across its U.S. exploration and production (E&P) activities, including a dedicated fleet that directly supports its Gulf of Mexico operations. The new 15 LNG fueled vehicles will replace Ryder diesel-powered vehicles in the existing fleet and will be serviced out of Ryder’s Lafayette facility, which is being equipped to accommodate natural gas. As part of this initiative, Ryder has signed a five-year fuel agreement with Shell.
Ryder worked with Shell to develop a customized truck specification that was weight-sensitive to maximize freight revenue, while assuring durability and operability in the field. The natural gas vehicles are being made available through Ryder’s participation in the Texas Natural Gas Vehicle Grant Program (TNGVGP), funded by the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP) initiatives and administered by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).
“We are excited to work with Ryder to transfer diesel vehicles to LNG,” said Dan Flynn, Shell Vice President Logistics. “It is great to see Ryder’s drive for Shell LNG, a clean burning fuel that meets emissions regulations without the need for after treatment systems used in diesel engines.”
Ryder Dedicated Transportation Solutions provides companies with vehicles, maintenance, drivers, management and other value-added services. The oil and gas industry relies on Ryder to take costs and risks out of transportation and logistics, enabling customers to maximize uptime, keep supplies and goods moving, and bring costs down.
Ryder is the leader in natural gas vehicle solutions for the commercial transportation industry, with more than 50 million miles of experience, 18 natural gas vehicle maintenance facilities, and more than 6,000 natural gas vehicle trained maintenance and support personnel.