CalPortland commissions CNG fueling hub and near-zero bulk hauler fleet

December 8, 2020. CalPortland® Company announces the launch of its compressed natural gas (CNG) powered bulk hauler truck fleet, which will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) and smog-causing emissions. The company commissioned 24 new Near-Zero Emission bulk hauler trucks that will transport cement to customers in Southern California, USA.

CalPortland’s “Near-Zero” vehicles will be fueled with RedeemTM by Clean Energy® at a new private fueling hub located at CalPortland’s Oro Grande cement plant. Developed by OZINGA® Energy, the fueling hub consists of 24 slow-fill stations and one fast-fill station. Redeem, a renewable natural gas vehicle fuel, is derived from biogenic methane that is naturally generated by the decomposition of organic waste at landfills and agricultural waste sources. Utilizing Redeem instead of diesel or gasoline can reduce carbon emissions by at least 70% and up to 300%, depending upon the sources.

“In 2017 Catalina Pacific, a CalPortland company commissioned 118 new “Near-Zero Emission” concrete mixer trucks, serving the market in the greater Los Angeles area.” says Allen Hamblen, President/CEO of CalPortland. “By adding 24 cement bulk hauler trucks and a fueling center at our Oro Grande cement plant, CalPortland continues to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to achieving zero emissions through environmental stewardship and lowering our carbon footprint within the communities where we operate.”

The bulk hauler fleet consists of 24 Kenworth T680 trucks containing the Cummins Westport ISX12N Near Zero (NZ) natural gas engine. The ISX12N engine is certified to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Air Resources Board (ARB) in California for meeting the 0.02 g/bhp-hr optional Low NOx Emissions standards- 90% lower than current emission standards. The Kenworth T680 trucks also feature an aerodynamic body to increase fuel efficiency, coupled with the Momentum 135DGE Fuel System which is designed for 600+ mile range.

CalPortland estimates a savings of nearly 10,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) annually by converting 24 diesel trucks to a CNG/RNG powered fleet.

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