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FUEL: Teck testing LNG haul trucks at Fording River


BRITISH COLUMBIA – Vancouver’s Teck Resources is piloting the first use of liquefied natural gas as a fuel in Canadian haulage trucks. Six trucks at the Fording River coal mine have been equipped to burn LNG.

The switch to a mix of LNG and diesel has the potential for significant environmental benefits and cost savings. Teck pointed out that LNG produces virtually no particulate or sulphur dioxide emissions and reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by up to 20% in comparison to diesel alone. As much as 35,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually could be eliminated at Teck’s coal mines. Fuel costs could be lowered by more than $20 million per

LNG fuel has the potential to lower costs, reduce emissions and improve environmental performance at Teck Coal.

LNG fuel has the potential to lower costs, reduce emissions and improve environmental performance at Teck Coal.

year by adopting LNG and diesel hybrid fuel.

The pilot will run until the middle of next year to provide information about the potential of using LNG more broadly across Teck’s haul fleet. Further truck conversions may be made in the future.

FortisBC is transporting and supplying LNG to the mine site and is making a financial contribution towards the pilot.

Learn more about Teck’s steelmaking coal business at Teck.com.