Shell and TravelCenters of America have recently finalized their agreement to develop a nationwide liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueling network. The plan is to construct at least two LNG fueling lanes and a storage facility at up to 100 existing TA and Petro Shopping Centers along the U.S. interstate highway system. The new stations will be branded “full service travel centers,” and will be constructed in phases. According to Shell, the first of these stations should be operational in roughly a year. The company will place priority on developing full service travel centers along main trucking corridors in the United States, to provide the potential for the first-ever coast-to-coast LNG-fueled commercial network.

“Shell is investing now in the infrastructure that will bring this innovative, cost-competitive and environmentally beneficial fuel to our customers,” Elen Phillips, vice president of Shell Fuels Sales & Marketing Americas, said in a statement. “We are leveraging our strength as an integrated company to produce, liquefy, distribute and commercialize natural gas in transport—and TravelCenters of America is the ideal partner to help bring this vision to life.”

Shell, TravelCenter LNG Centers

Shell and TravelCenters of America plan to develop a nationwide LNG commercial fueling network. Sites will be developed in a phased approach, based on customer demand and are subject to change. Credit: Shell.

Demand for innovative fuels, like LNG, from commercial customers is growing due to the wide range of benefits for trucking fleet operators. These benefits can include lower fuel costs, the potential to reduce emissions as well as reduce noise levels in certain engines.

“We see great potential for LNG as a fuel option among our range of quality fuels, due to the sheer abundance and affordability of domestic natural gas in North America,” concluded Phillips.

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