COLUMN-Shell plants LNG at truck stops along the interstates: Kemp
By John Kemp
LONDON Nov 4 (Reuters) - In the decade to 2013, shale gas and oil transformed the U.S. and global energy markets. The next revolutionary development over the decade to 2023 is likely to be the widespread use of gas as a transport fuel, starting in the United States.
Freight trucks powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) rather than diesel could become a common sight on the U.S. interstate highway system under plans being developed and financed by Royal Dutch Shell.
Shell has reached an agreement with TravelCenters of America , a major truck stop operator, to run two LNG fuelling lanes at up to 100 of its sites along the interstates.
Shell will fund the construction of fuelling lanes and associated storage capacity and supply the fuel, assuming most of the financial risk associated with the venture.
In exchange, the oil and gas major gets access to prime fuelling locations along the most heavily used trucking routes to help realise its vision of making LNG a transport fuel.