Long road ahead for LNG trucking: PLS

Feb 06, 2013 | 11:50 AM | Michael Cowden

Tags  PLS Logistics Services, Greg Burns, liquified natural gas, LNG, trucking, fuel costs, infrastructure, labor costs supply chain

HOUSTON — The trucking industry isn’t likely to significantly bolster natural gas demand in the near term, according to one industry executive.

Only about 6 percent of truckers plan to purchase equipment necessary to make their trucks run on liquefied natural gas (LNG), according to Greg Burns, president and chairman of PLS Logistics Services Inc.

Still, that’s up from a mere 1 percent last year, Burns said, citing data compiled in survey by the Cranberry Township, Pa.-based company. "The emphasis is ... more on potential than people jumping into the swimming pool," he said during a presentation about liquefied natural gas (LNG) technology and the transportation sector at AMM’s 6th annual Steel Tube and Pipe Conference in Houston. "The technology, in our opinion, is viable. ... But there is a ways to go."....

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