MIAMI, Fla.–Ryder System, Inc. and Shell Oil Company have signed an agreement for 15 liquefied natural gas (LNG) heavy-duty vehicles supporting oil and gas logistics operations in Lafayette, La. and Houston, Texas.
As Shell’s logistics provider, Ryder currently manages road transportation for Shell’s freight hauling activities across its U.S. exploration and production (E&P) activities, including a dedicated fleet that directly supports its Gulf of Mexico operations. The new 15 LNG fueled vehicles will replace Ryder diesel-powered vehicles in the existing fleet and will be serviced out of Ryder’s Lafayette, La. facility, which is being engineered to meet the unique compliance requirements for natural gas, the company said.
As part of this initiative, Ryder has signed a five-year fuel agreement with Shell which will provide LNG fuel for the dedicated natural gas fleet.
Ryder said it worked with Shell to develop a customized truck specification that was weight-sensitive to maximize freight revenue, while assuring durability and operability in the field.
“We are excited to work with Ryder to transfer diesel vehicles to LNG. LNG can be a good choice for truck owners and more are making the switch to LNG,” said Dan Flynn, Shell Vice President Logistics.
“It is great to see Ryder’s drive for Shell LNG, a clean burning fuel that meets emissions regulations without the need for after treatment systems used in diesel engines. Ryder has been extremely responsive to our service needs, which makes us confident about our continued relationship. Ryder’s help was critical to provide the logistics expertise, knowledge, and know-how needed to ensure that the fleet was operating at its best.”
“It has truly been a pleasure to have Shell as a loyal Ryder customer for more than 10 years,” said John Diez, President of Ryder Dedicated Transportation Solutions. “With Ryder as its dedicated transportation partner, Shell can continue to count on having a reliable fleet ready to maintain the excellent reputation they’ve worked very hard to earn. We are honored that Shell trusts Ryder to represent their brand on the road and with their customers, and that we can help them improve the sustainability and efficiency of their fleet.”