First articulating LNG refueler introduced at MINExpo
One of the new pieces of equipment on display at MINExpo 2016 was developed to solve a specific request from a mine: how to safely and efficiently fuel its machines that are powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG). The answer was the world’s first articulating LNG refueler — a custom machine developed by Wabash Manufacturing Inc. of Alberta, Canada, in partnership with Caterpillar and its OEM Solutions organization.
The new mine site LNG refueler is based on a the 41-tonne (45-ton) Cat® 745C Articulated Truck Long Wheel Base Bare Chassis. It has a 29 525-liter (7,800 gallon) tank capacity and an onboard hydraulic-powered generator. The fuel delivery system is fully automated.
Articulated trucks like the Cat 745C are a mainstay in rugged mining environments like those found in northern Canada. “We’ve been working with Caterpillar a long time and they were the obvious choice for this application,” said Dan Hunt, Mining Sales Manager for Wabash.
As the industry has developed more economical and efficient methods for the recovery of natural gas, it has emerged as a cheap, environmentally friendly and abundant alternative to diesel and other fuels. As a result, Wabash expects demand for the LNG refueler to grow in Canada and around the world.
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