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Official: 2014 Ford F-150 gets CNG option

By Damon Lowney

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Ford is toiling away, installing heavy-duty engine components into select 3.7-liter V6s to allow them to run on compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquid petroleum gas (LPG) in addition to gasoline. That’s nothing new, but now, Ford has announced that it will offer the 2014 F-150 with this engine configuration, bringing the Blue Oval’s total number of CNG/LPG-friendly vehicles up to eight. The F-150 will be the only half-ton pickup on the market that can run on these gases.

Ford will charge $315 per vehicle to equip the optional engine, but the trucks won’t be ready to run on the alternative fuels straight from the factory and must be upfitted with additional equipment. A Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier will install a separate fuel system for the compressed gases at a cost of $7,500 to $9,500, depending on fuel tank size. With the right-size tank, the F-150 equipped with the CNG/LPG-prepped engine can go 750 miles on one tank of gas, according to Ford, averaging 23 miles per gallon.

The practice of offering flex-fuel vehicles is gaining momentum as businesses take advantage of cheap gas. CNG can be bought for $2.11/gallon on average (per gasoline equivalent), and sometimes for as little as $1.00 in some parts of the US, Ford states. “With the money saved using CNG, customers could start to see payback on their investment in as little as 24 to 36 months,” says Jon Coleman, Ford’s fleet sustainability and technology manager. The automaker expects to sell a total of 15,000 CNG/LPG-prepped vehicles in the 2014 model year.

Check out the press release below to read the details, and to see what other vehicles Ford offers with the CNG/LPG package.

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Copper pipe annealing

By dearme

Twenty-odd hard-drawn half-inch copper pipes, 18 ft long, need to be annealed using an LPG blowtorch. It would be nice to do it in small batches. Does anyone have experience of making a suitable oven or furnace using firebrick through which the pipes are pulled by hand ? First attempts have been made difficult by the tendency of the blowlamp to go out when it is close to the tunnel to use as much of the hot gases as possible.

From: http://www.doityourself.com/forum/welding-metalworking/493297-copper-pipe-annealing.html

Jacobs Receives Contract from Shell in Hong Kong

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Jacobs Receives Contract from Shell in Hong Kong

Expanding Delivery of Oil and Gas Expertise in Asia

PASADENA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (NYS: JEC) announced today it has been selected by Shell Hong Kong Limited to provide detailed design for its Transformer Oil Project located at its Tsing Yi installation in Hong Kong.

Officials did not disclose the contract value, but noted that the work is being performed from Jacobs’ China operations in Hong Kong and Shanghai.

Under the terms of the contract, Jacobs is providing detailed design engineering services for modifications to Shell’s existing terminal facility to enable the processing of transformer oil. Shell’s 47-acre Tsing Yi installation supplies Hong Kong and Macau with a wide range of oil, gas and chemical products.

Jacobs Group Vice President Tom Quinn stated, “We are pleased to bring our oil and gas experience to this project, and to extend our global relationship with Shell in Hong Kong. Jacobs’ long-term relationship with Shell enables us to share best practices across their projects and geographies, and we look forward to leveraging these strengths to continue delivering value on this project and throughout the region.”

Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemicals companies operating in more than 80 countries and territories. Shell Hong Kong Limited is involved in a wide range of businesses, including retail, LPG, commercial fuel, lubricants, bitumen, aviation, marine and chemicals.

Jacobs is one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of technical, professional, and construction services.

Statements made in this release that are not based on historical fact are forward-looking statements. We base these forward-looking statements on management’s current estimates and expectations as well as currently available competitive, financial and economic data. Forward-looking statements, however, are inherently uncertain. There are a variety of factors that could cause business results to differ materially from our forward-looking statements. For a description of some of the factors which may occur that could cause actual results to differ from our forward-looking statements please refer to our 2012 Form 10-K, and in particular the discussions contained under Items 1 – Business, 1A – Risk Factors, 3 – Legal Proceedings, and 7 – Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations. We do not undertake to update any forward-looking statements made herein.

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Opinion: US truck fleets turning towards CNG, LPG

By John McElroy

International Transtar big rig with trailer - front three-quarter view

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Fleets can save well over $150,000 in fuel costs over the six-year life of a truck.

The electric vehicle market is turning into a financial nightmare for many of the automakers and suppliers that invested in the technology. Hybrids only comprise three percent of total new car sales, despite there being over 40 different models. And fuel cells are still more science lab experiment than mass-production reality.

But in a different part of the market, the green revolution looks a lot more promising. Commercial truck fleets in the United States are now keenly interested in converting their trucks to nun on natural gas or propane.

Thanks to the precipitous drop in prices for compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquid propane (LPG), fleets can save a fortune by switching over to these fuels. OEMs such as Freightliner and Thomas Built Bus have jumped into the market. International now offers the Transtar Class 8 semi (above) that runs on CNG. A cost calculator on the truck maker’s website shows that a fleet can save well over $150,000 in fuel costs over the six-year life of a truck. For fleets that run their per-mile operating costs to the penny, this is a financial windfall.

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