The event took place in the Anchoris Thermoelectric Power Plant, in the Mendoza province, and included the successful fueling with liquid natural gas (LNG) of six Scania G340 trucks, specially motorized to run on the new fuel.
Owned by the Andreu carrier company from Mendoza, the new fleet will carry the Virtual Gas Pipeline, the system used by Galileo Technologies to distribute gas as liquid fuel.
“When this truck fleet working for Galileo starts riding the Argentine roads, we will show that LNG is the most adequate fuel for cargo transportation because it is national, clean and inexpensive”, said Osvaldo del Campo, President and CEO of Galileo Technologies at the time of the announcement.
Fitted with two cryogenic fuel tanks that can load up to 265 kilograms of LNG, the trucks boast a 1100 kilometers fuel range. During their trips, that will include riding along mountainous routes and gravel roads, the new trucks will tow the trailers that Galileo uses to carry LNG from wells scattered around Mendoza and Neuquén to the recently opened Anchoris Thermoelectric Power Station, which runs on LNG.
By replacing the gas trucks with the new LNG ones, Galileo Technologies expects to reach higher levels of environmental and economic efficiency with each freight. There will be fewer emissions from exhausts and lower fuel costs in each freight, representing 50% savings.
Andrés Leonard, Scania Argentina General Director, pointed out that “it is the first time that the country brings heavy-duty vehicles running completely on gas, and more specifically, on LNG. We are proud not only for pioneering the incorporation of new technology into the country, but also because such technology contributes directly to reducing the environmental impact.”
“Because we are obsessed by innovation and we want to be more efficient and sustainable, we decided to accompany Galileo in this challenge by investing in the acquisition of these trucks”, noted Eduardo Andreu, Director of Transportes Andreu.
The next plan
In the mid-term, Galileo Technologies will present a Blue Corridor of LNG filling stations so that the new fuel becomes available in the Argentine roads. The plan will include the availability of LNG dispensers for logistical centers.
These dispensers will work without being connected to the natural gas network and will be supplied by the Virtual Pipeline, remotely monitored by a SCADA system.
“In 1984 we successfully launched the compressed natural gas (CNG). Now, with our own technology, we extend the use of LNG as a professional and high power fuel in order to expand the productive boundaries of the country”, concluded del Campo.