For use in its nationwide U.S. operations, Halliburton said Monday it has dispatched nearly 100 compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered light-duty trucks at several of its field locations. The original equipment manufacturers bi-fuel trucks are part of a pilot program that will touch all of its U.S. operations.

The company said the new CNG truck fleet will be assigned to 15 locations spread around the United States, including Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, California, Louisiana, Utah and Pennsylvania.

Halliburton called the new trucks “environmentally friendly,” characterizing them as emitting about 90% less emissions and saving about $5,100/truck in fuel costs annually.

Halliburton’s Jim Brown, western hemisphere president, said the industry has “considerable focus” these days on identifying ways to leverage the abundant domestic supplies of natural gas for day-to-day operations. “The fleet of CNG vehicles is one more example where Halliburton is leading among oil/gas services companies regarding the use of America’s natural gas.”

Brown said the company is hoping to gather a “wealth of information” from the pilot program with the aim of broadening its use of CNG light-duty trucks across the company.

©Copyright 2013Intelligence Press Inc. All rights reserved. The preceding news reportmay not be republished or redistributed, in whole or in part, in anyform, without prior written consent of Intelligence Press, Inc.