UPS to expand natural gas footprint
The US-based integrator UPS plans to invest approximately USD 50 million to build an additional nine liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuelling stations, bringing the total number of stations to 13 in the USA. All should be operational by the end of 2014. The enhanced LNG fuelling infrastructure will support the operation of approximately 1,000 UPS LNG tractors that will displace more than 24 million gallons of diesel fuel annually. UPS began using LNG tractors in its delivery fleet in 2002 and has benefited from lower fuel prices compared to imported petroleum. The expansion will include on-site fuelling stations in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas. Construction is already underway at UPS facilities in Tennessee and Texas. Currently, UPS operates LNG tractors in Las Vegas NV, Phoenix AZ, Beaver and Salt Lake City UT, and Ontario CA.