Company announces fuel conversion process for coal trucks

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Some local officials believe natural gas can help mine coal in Eastern Kentucky.

A company has developed surface mining trucks that can operate on natural gas fuel instead of diesel.

Company officials made the announcement in Pike County Wednesday morning.

Officials believe this new technology will save money and is better for the environment.

The natural gas mining equipment was tested in other countries like Thailand and is now being tested in Harlan County.

Officials say the large trucks operate with more than 60 percent natural gas without a loss of performance.

They say four thousand engines in other parts of the world use this technology.

Local leaders believe using the region's natural gas to fuel coal mining equipment will help the entire region on both cost and the environment.

"Natural gas is a lot cheaper than diesel. There are great savings to incur the return investment on converting, happens very fast with the difference in fuel price." says Elio Muller with Gaseous Fuel Systems Corporation.

Gaseous Fuel Systems Corporation is planning to launch them for commercial use next year.

Company officials say they chose Eastern Kentucky because of the many surface mines here.

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