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FortisBC increases LNG fleet

LNG Industry,

FortisBC has awarded 18 fleet operators an incentive that will result in over 200 LNG and CNG vehicles on British Columbia’s roads.


John Walker, CEO of FortisBC, commented: “The number of fleet operators applying for this incentive shows that natural gas is becoming the fuel of choice for heavy-duty and return-to-base fleet vehicle operators. Our incentives help companies switch to natural gas, which is a cost-effective and abundant fuel source in British Columbia that also helps reduce emissions.”

After the BC government introduced the Greenhouse Gas Reduction regulation in 2012, FortisBC announced a CAN$ 104.5 million program to offset up to 75% of the cost for a natural gas engine over a diesel engine. Program funding is also available for training, upgrades to facilities to safely maintain natural gas vehicles and for building CNG or LNG fuelling stations.

LNG demand

To meet increased market demand for LNG, FortisBC is currently undertaking a CAN$ 400 million expansion of its Tilbury LNG plant in Delta, BC. This expansion will add approximately one million gigajoules of LNG storage, in addition to 30 000 to 60 000 gigajoules of liquefaction capacity per day to supply natural gas to the transportation sector and increase LNG supply.

The additional volumes of natural gas for transportation moving through FortisBC’s pipeline system benefit all natural gas customers.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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