FortisBC to start converting trucks to LNG at Teck's Fording River coal mine in BC

Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) has partnered up with FortisBC to start using natural gas in a fleet of six trucks at its Fording River coal mine.

Under the pilot program, FortisBC will help Teck install special fuelling facilities and convert six truck engines so that they will be able to burn a mix of natural gas and diesel.

The LNG will come from FortisBC’s LNG plant on Tillbury Island.

Blending the diesel with natural gas will reduce CO2 emission by 20%, according to a FortisBC press release. The pilot project has the potential to reduce CO2 emissions by 35,000 tonnes and reduce costs by $20 million.

The project is part of Teck’s long-range target of reducing its GHGs by 450,000 tonnes by 2030.

“LNG is a fuel source that has the potential to lower costs, significantly reduce emissions and improve environmental performance at our operations,” Teck CEO Don Lindsay said.

“Teck is demonstrating leadership by adopting LNG as a cleaner more cost-effective fuel solution for their operations,” said FortisBC CEO Michael Mulcahy. “LNG, as a vehicle fuel source, provides both an economic and environmental benefit to industry in our province.”

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Original source: https://www.biv.com/article/2015/12/teck-convert-trucks-lng-bc-mine/