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Synergy Natural Resources to Deploy 200 LNG-Powered Peterbilts

On Monday, Synergy Natural Resources announced its Pass Box Global subsidiary will deploy 200 LNG-powered Peterbilt trucks. Synergy is ramping up for demonstrations across the U.S. of their Pass Box technology, which combines a 20 ft. ISO shipping container with a hopper. This allows the Pass Box to be transferred throughout the intermodal network while reducing the number of times the product is touched and the chance of contamination and product loss. The trucks will be initially deployed in the Midland-Odessa area of Texas to supply bulk aggregate for the hydraulic fracturing industry in West Texas. Synergy will then expand to support other shale plays across the country. Westport Fuel Systems is supplying dual tank icepack kits for the conversions for a total cost of $7.5 million. The entire project budget for Synergy is $94 million.

NuBlu Innovations out of Flower Mound, Texas will provide fuel to the LNG fleet using 13 trailer mounted mobile natural gas refuelers. The NuBlu mobile refuelers employ a patented liquefaction technology that allows for pressure letdown without the need for outside refrigerant. NuBlu is also building a liquefaction plant in west Texas that will be commissioned late first quarter 2016. Initial production will include two 30,000 gallon per day (gpd) liquefiers with the ability to expand to 120,000 gpd as needs arise. NuBlu’s focus will be to serve the transportation and E&P markets.