Over the past several months, a lot of attention has been focused on natural gas emerging as a significant new transportation fuel. We’ve heard news about the trucking industry’s focus on converting their fleets to liquid natural gas (LNG), city bus systems beginning to make the switch, the automotive industry looking at LNG’s benefits, and hockey rinks all over Ontario making the conversion for their Zambonis.
The fact that natural gas is abundant is one good reason for industries to take interest, but what is really raising eyebrows is how affordable and how much cleaner natural gas is as compared to other transport fuels. That’s why it’s no surprise to us that railway and marine transportation could be the next groups to adopt natural gas. Earlier in the year, BNSF Railway announced that it will be testing the use of liquid natural gas as a substitute for diesel fuel in its locomotives, with the goal of realizing a potential reduction in both fuel costs and emissions.
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