Fuel specialist Galileo has introduced the first fleet of LNG-powered t heavy-duty trucks in Argentina.
The firm announced it will operate six new Scania G340 trucks fuelled by LNG at a launch event this month in the Anchoris Thermoelectric Power Plant, in the Mendoza province.
“When this truck fleet working for Galileo starts riding the Argentine roads, we will show that LNG is the most adequate fuel for cargo transportation because it is national, clean and inexpensive”, Osvaldo del Campo, President and CEO of Galileo Technologies said.
Fuel range of 1,100 kilometres
The new fleet will be owned by the Andreu carrier company from Mendoza, and will carry Galileo’s proprietary Virtual Gas Pipeline system to distribute gas as liquid fuel.
“Because we are obsessed by innovation and we want to be more efficient and sustainable, we decided to accompany Galileo in this challenge by investing in the acquisition of these trucks,” Eduardo Andreu, Director of Transportes Andreu, commented.
Each truck is fitted with two cryogenic fuel tanks that can load up to 265 kilograms of LNG. This enlarged capacity will give the trucks a fuel range of 1,100 kilometres making the capable of accessing the remote mountainous routes and gravel roads they will encounter in service around Mendoza and Neuquén.
The vehicles will run on LNG liquefied directly in wells out of the reach of pipelines and will tow trailers that Galileo uses to carry LNG from these wells.
The trucks’ operation will be monitored with a view to expanding Argentina’s LNG fleet as Galileo Technologies expects to deliver cost savings of as much as 50 percent thanks to lower fuel costs.
“It is the first time that the country brings heavy-duty vehicles running completely on gas, and more specifically, on LNG. We are proud not only for pioneering the incorporation of new technology into the country, but also because such technology contributes directly to reducing the environmental impact,” Andrés Leonard, Scania Argentina General Director, said.
Headquartered in the capital Buenos Aires, Galileo specialises in natural gas, biomethane and hydrogen production and commercial technology development in over 70 countries worldwide. Galileo now plans to develop a Corredor Azul (Blue Corridor) of LNG filling stations so that the new fuel becomes available in the Argentine roads.