With operations requiring the use of over 1,300 employees and 3,000 vehicles, Potelco is one of Washington State’s largest fleets and runs 42 Freightliner M2 model trucks with the Cummins Westport 8.9L ISL G engine: 20 bucket trucks, 20 digger trucks and two fuel tankers. Each vehicle is being fueled with cold LNG using the Westport iCE PACK™ LNG Tank System.
“We’re a homegrown company and it’s good for the [local] economy, getting the fuel from here. It’s all around a good business — from an economic standpoint and for keeping jobs at home,” said Steve Steedley, Fleet Manager of Potelco, a company that completes electrical line construction, cable television, gas pipeline, fibre optics, transportation, and telecom projects.
There is currently one LNG station in the State of Washington, operated by Blu LNG, which is located around 15 miles (24 kms) from the company’s location in Sumner, just south of Seattle. To manage his fueling needs, Steedley fills up two mobile LNG refueling units – with a capacity of 3000 gallons – at the station, and places the units at their operations across Washington to provide access to LNG to fuel his fleet whenever required.
Steedley said Westport’s iCE PACK service website and team have been an essential part of managing the learning curve associated with the adoption of a new fuel. “We expect to have a lot more LNG trucks in the next few years. We’re just getting started with natural gas – and we have one of the largest fleets in the State of Washington,” he added.