Houston-based Nat G CNG Solutions has begun delivering the first of 31 new natural gas trucks to Matera Paper Company, provider of commercial janitorial and facility supplies in Texas. The trucks, all International Navistar box trucks, are being “repowered” with natural gas engines under the Texas Emissions Reduction Program (TERP) administered by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).
Nat G is replacing the trucks’ old diesel engines with new, EPA-certified natural gas engines (supplied by NGV Motori USA), which will reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) by nearly 75%, according to tests performed in EPA labs. Additionally, the new engines will significantly reduce particulates and CO2. “With these engines, Matera Paper will improve our local air quality and will also reduce their fueling costs by more than 30%,” said Balu Balagopal, co-CEO of Nat G.
In addition to converting Matera’s delivery vehicles, Nat G is working with the company to develop natural gas fueling solutions for Matera’s facilities in San Antonio, Houston and Corpus Christi. Nat G is also supplying new natural gas engines to several other area companies under the TERP program.
“By taking the significant step of converting our truck fleet from diesel to natural gas, we will be reducing our NOx emissions by nearly 75%, eliminating 99% of our particulates emissions, and almost completely eliminating sulfur emissions. This will also allow us to be the cleanest truck fleet in the janitorial supply industry,” said John Richardson, president of Matera Paper.
Source: Nat G CNG Solutions