Three Western Australian trucking companies are taking part
in a program to test running their diesel engines on liquefied natural gas.
The Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported that the
Australian Greenhouse Office is conducting the trial to determine if the gas
might be an effective alternative to diesel.
Andy Burns, whose trucking company, Regional Haulage, is one
of the three involved in the test, told the ABC that so far he’s
impressed with the results.
“The liquefied natural gas is a very, very powerful gas and
you can carry a lot of it in a very small space,” he said.
Burns said safety has not been an issue.
“It’s very safe,” he said. “The protocol that’s been put in
place to handle it, everybody’s trained on the use of it.”
Burns is running the LNG in American-designed Caterpillar
engines. Currently, only three of his trucks are running on the gas, but he
hopes to have that number up to 10 before long.