Wednesday 17 July, 2019

IGL introduces LNG-powered tractor heads

 Andrew Wheatley, Minister of Science, Energy and Technology (centre) discusses the benefits of the usage of liquified natural gas (LNG) with Wayne Kirkpatrick (right) General Manager, IGL Ltd. and Bevon Francis, Board Chairman, IGL, at the company’s launch for its new LNG-powered tractor heads on Wednesday.

Andrew Wheatley, Minister of Science, Energy and Technology (centre) discusses the benefits of the usage of liquified natural gas (LNG) with Wayne Kirkpatrick (right) General Manager, IGL Ltd. and Bevon Francis, Board Chairman, IGL, at the company’s launch for its new LNG-powered tractor heads on Wednesday.

Energy and gas distribution company, IGL Limited, has taken a significant step to reduce its carbon footprint, by introducing three LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) powered tractor heads.

The tractor heads are fuelled by New Fortress Energy, United States-based global leader in the energy infrastructure business.

“Today is a momentous occasion for IGL Limited as we are the first company to introduce LNG powered Tractor Heads - prime movers - to Jamaica. This is being done through the addition of three new Articulated Tractor Heads to our fleet,” said Wayne Kirkpatrick, General Manager, IGL Ltd. 

“Through this initiative we are committed to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions,” he added.

The introduction of the tractor heads is part of IGL’s “Clean Air Initiative”, which is an effort reduce the company’s carbon footprint, while contributing to Jamaica’s drive in reaching the Millennium Development Goals.

Andrew Wheatley, Minister of Science, Energy and Technology (second right) greets IGL tractor head drivers Ian Campbell (left) and Delroy Thomas(second left) at IGL's launch for its new liquified natural gas-powered tractor heads on Wednesday at Devon House. Wes Edens, Founder and Chairman of New Fortress Energy (centre), and Wayne Kirkpatrick, General Manager IGL Ltd. (right) look on.

Commenting at the launch, held at the historical Formal Gardens of Devon House in St Andrew, Wes Edens, Founder and Chairman of New Fortress Energy, commended IGL Limited for this initiative, and reiterated his company’s commitment, as a world leader in clean energy solutions, to continue offering new products and services.

“We are proud to invest in the transformation of Jamaica’s energy landscape,” Edens said. “In our partnership with IGL, we will supply LNG fuel, provide training and offer technical expertise.” 

“The introduction of natural gas for transportation will become more competitive in the longterm when costs associated with climate change and the impact of air pollution, both on people and the environment, are monitored closely,” Edens added.  

LNG vehicles are being used across the world as a viable alternative to gasoline – research shows that 20 per cent to 45 per cent smog-producing pollutants, and about five per cent to nine per cent less greenhouse gas emissions are reduced by using LNG.

Kirkpatrick said that introduction of these tractor heads is the first among numerous pathbreaking steps that IGL is taking as a socially and environmentally conscious company. 

“Modernizing our fleet is the first step towards attaining our overall vision of IGL Limited to become one of the leading clean energy marketers in the Caribbean,” he said.

Edens is upbeat about the prospects that are in store for Jamaica. “We envision Jamaica becoming a regional hub for natural gas, and a global clean energy model,” he said.

“IGL Limited as a company which respects our natural resources, sees this as another step in strengthening our corporate social responsibility,” Kirkpatrick said. “We will continue to introduce and implement sustainable and environmentally friendly solutions.”

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