GFS Corp., a Florida-based manufacturer of bi-fuel natural gas conversion systems for high-horsepower diesel engines, has named two new distributors in Canada for its EVO-MT systems. The systems allow for large mine haul trucks to operate on a combination of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and diesel fuel.
Wajax will represent the EVO-MT systems in eastern and central Canada, as well as in northern British Columbia, and Cullen Diesel Power Ltd. will service southern British Columbia. Both companies will act as factory-authorized sales and service centers.
The announcement comes on the heels of Teck Resources Ltd.’s decision to start a pilot program to test the use of LNG as a fuel source for its haul trucks at its Fording River steelmaking coal operation using the EVO-MT 8300 and EVO-MT 9300 systems in its Komatsu 830 and 930 haul trucks. Cullen Diesel Power will provide ongoing product support for this project.
Teck’s pilot project adds to the growing fleet of haul trucks converted to LNG operation using the EVO-MT system. To date, GFS says, approximately 300,000 hours have been accumulated by trucks in open pit mining operations with converted Caterpillar 793 and Komatsu 830/930 haul trucks.
“We are excited to have Teck as our first Canadian customer of our EVO-MT system,” says Jason Green, GFS’ president and chief technology officer. “We are also pleased to now have both Wajax and Cullen Diesel onboard to support our Canadian customers and provide a local presence.”